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Recipe: Creamy Spaghetti Carbonara

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Cook up this easy and delicious Creamy Spaghetti Carbonara recipe for family dinners and entertaining. Ready in just 20 minutes! marlameridith.com
Yields1 Serving
Prep Time5 minsCook Time15 minsTotal Time20 mins
 8 ounces uncooked spaghetti
 8 ounces uncooked bacon
 3 large eggs, beaten
 1 1/2 ounces (1/3 cup) grated pecorino Romano cheese
 1/4 tsp salt
 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
 1 tbsp freshly chopped parsley
for topping
 1/4 cup toasted panko bread crumbs
 more chopped parsley
1

Cook the pasta to package directions. Reserve 1 cup of the cooking liquid.

2

While the pasta is cooking bake the bacon until desired level of crispiness. Bake the bacon with this recipe: https://marlameridith.com/recipe/perfectly-baked-bacon/

3

Reserve the bacon drippings, crumble bacon into small pieces.

4

In a bowl, combine the eggs, cheese, salt and pepper.

5

Create a double boiler with a 10 inch cast iron skillet over a medium sized soup pot. Fill the soup pot with 2 inches of water and bring to a boil. Place the skillet over the top and let it warm up. Place the pasta in the skillet and mix in the egg mixture, stirring consistently for about 2 minutes. The sauce will thicken and get creamy as you mix. Mix in 1/4 cup of the bacon drippings and the parsley. If you need to thin out the sauce, pour in some of the reserved pasta cooking liquid until you reach the desired consistency. Mix in 1/2 of the crumbled bacon.

6

Divide the pasta into 4 bowls, top with panko, parsley and more bacon.

I have found that baking bacon is the easiest way to prepare it.  No more splatters all over your stove top. Here's a post on how to do it right, Perfectly Baked Bacon: https://marlameridith.com/recipe/perfectly-baked-bacon/

Ingredients

 8 ounces uncooked spaghetti
 8 ounces uncooked bacon
 3 large eggs, beaten
 1 1/2 ounces (1/3 cup) grated pecorino Romano cheese
 1/4 tsp salt
 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
 1 tbsp freshly chopped parsley
for topping
 1/4 cup toasted panko bread crumbs
 more chopped parsley

Directions

1

Cook the pasta to package directions. Reserve 1 cup of the cooking liquid.

2

While the pasta is cooking bake the bacon until desired level of crispiness. Bake the bacon with this recipe: https://marlameridith.com/recipe/perfectly-baked-bacon/

3

Reserve the bacon drippings, crumble bacon into small pieces.

4

In a bowl, combine the eggs, cheese, salt and pepper.

5

Create a double boiler with a 10 inch cast iron skillet over a medium sized soup pot. Fill the soup pot with 2 inches of water and bring to a boil. Place the skillet over the top and let it warm up. Place the pasta in the skillet and mix in the egg mixture, stirring consistently for about 2 minutes. The sauce will thicken and get creamy as you mix. Mix in 1/4 cup of the bacon drippings and the parsley. If you need to thin out the sauce, pour in some of the reserved pasta cooking liquid until you reach the desired consistency. Mix in 1/2 of the crumbled bacon.

6

Divide the pasta into 4 bowls, top with panko, parsley and more bacon.

Recipe: Creamy Spaghetti Carbonara

~ Marla Meridith

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