Carbonara is one of my favorite Italian comfort foods and is so easy to make. You only need a few ingredients and less than 30 minutes to make it.
You can swap the spaghetti for another long pasta shape like fettuccine, bucatini, or linguine.
Traditional Italian carbonara is made with guanciale, which is a type of Italian cured pork made from pork cheeks. It’s hard to find at US grocery stores, so you can use bacon like I do or try diced pancetta.
If you can’t find Pecorino Romano, you can use the same amount of Parmigiano Reggiano or Parmesan cheese. You can learn more about these in the post recipe tips!
Cooking tip: Once the pasta is cooked and drained, work fast to combine it with the rest of the ingredients. The egg mixture will cook and turn into a sauce when you toss it with the pasta. If the pasta cools off, the sauce won’t cook, and you’ll end up with raw eggs and pasta.
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