The Best Spaghetti Carbonara

The Best Spaghetti Carbonara

Yet another day of indulgence and waving my diet plan good bye. It is hard to chew on salad greens when outside temperature keeps dropping below zero. I do have a really good salad recipe that I will share with you in the near future. Store it for warm days ahead. They are coming, right?

You might be wondering what makes this spaghetti carbonara recipe the best. I’d like to say the bacon…the bacon makes it the best but there’s bacon in every carbonara recipe. For me, adding onions is really making this recipe stand out. Without the onions, and garlic, this dish is flat. I like it better Jas’d**up. I wouldn’t be Bosnian if I didn’t add onions to it.


The Best Spaghetti Carbonara

When you think about it, this is basically pasta with scrambled eggs. Strange, right? I know people who eat their pasta in even stranger ways, like covered in sour cream (ahem, daughter) or tossed with sugar. Yuck. But bacon makes all the difference. Add bacon to it and suddenly you get the most desired Italian pasta dish. Some carbonara recipes don’t use peas, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. They add color, hint of sweetness and texture. Although Husband wouldn’t be caught dead eating peas, he didn’t die eating this dish.

**the term Jas’d (pronounced jazzed) was made up by my office peeps. Whenever I criticize them for not following procedures they consider themselves being Jas’d. No one takes me seriously, but they are a good bunch of people. 🙂

 

Ingredients:
Serves 2-3

½ package (about 8 oz.) dry Spaghetti
6 slices Bacon, cubed or sliced into small strips
1 tablespoon Oil
1 small Onion, chopped
1 small clove Garlic, minced
2 large Eggs
½ cup Parmesan Cheese, plus more for serving
1 cup frozen Peas
Salt and freshly ground Black Pepper

 

Directions:

Cover frozen peas with warm water and set aside.

The Best Spaghetti Carbonara

Prepare the sauce while the pasta is cooking. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, add the pasta and cook until al dente, about 8-10 minutes.

The Best Spaghetti Carbonara
Meanwhile, heat the oil in a deep skillet over medium heat. Add the bacon and sauté, stirring occasionally, until bacon is crisp, 5-8 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel lined plate.

The Best Spaghetti Carbonara

Drain off the bacon fat, reserving about 3 tablespoons. Add the onions and cook over medium heat until golden brown, about 3-5 minutes. Toss the garlic into the skillet and sauté for less than 1 minute to soften.
In a mixing bowl, whisk together eggs and parmesan. Drain the spaghetti, reserving ½ cup of the starchy cooking water. Add the hot spaghetti to the pan and toss for 2 minutes to coat in bacon fat. Remove from heat and immediately pour in egg/cheese mixture, mixing well until the eggs thicken. Toss with reserved pasta water, bacon and drained peas. Season the spaghetti with several turns of freshly ground black pepper and taste for salt. Serve sprinkled with additional cheese.

The Best Spaghetti Carbonara

The Best Spaghetti Carbonara

If you like pasta, you would love Pasta alla Norcina. That one feeds the crowd and is always a big hit. Highly recommended!

The Best Spaghetti Carbonara

The Best Spaghetti Carbonara

The Best Spaghetti Carbonara

Ingredients

  • Serves 2-3
  • ½ package (about 8 oz.) dry Spaghetti
  • 6 slices Bacon, cubed or sliced into small strips
  • 1 tablespoon Oil
  • 1 small Onion, chopped
  • 1 small clove Garlic, minced
  • 2 large Eggs
  • ½ cup Parmesan Cheese, plus more for serving
  • 1 cup frozen Peas
  • Salt and freshly ground Black Pepper

Directions

Cover frozen peas with warm water and set aside. Prepare the sauce while the pasta is cooking. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, add the pasta and cook until al dente, about 8-10 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat the oil in a deep skillet over medium heat. Add the bacon and sauté, stirring occasionally, until bacon is crisp, 5-8 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel lined plate. Drain off the bacon fat, reserving about 3 tablespoons. Add the onions and cook over medium heat until golden brown, about 3-5 minutes. Toss the garlic into the skillet and sauté for less than 1 minute to soften.

In a mixing bowl, whisk together eggs and parmesan. Drain the spaghetti, reserving ½ cup of the starchy cooking water. Add the hot spaghetti to the pan and toss for 2 minutes to coat in bacon fat. Remove from heat and immediately pour in egg/cheese mixture, mixing well until the eggs thicken. Toss with reserved pasta water, bacon and drained peas. Season the spaghetti with several turns of freshly ground black pepper and taste for salt. Serve sprinkled with additional cheese.

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16 Comment

  1. Reply
    Bernadyn
    June 2, 2015 at 10:55 am

    I love carbonara! I’ll have to try this recipe, pinned it 🙂

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      June 2, 2015 at 11:25 am

      Thank you so much!! 😀

  2. Reply
    Baking In Pyjamas
    March 4, 2015 at 11:39 am

    I agree, it is hard to eat salads when it’s freezing outside, this meal looks perfect for warming the soul. Thanks for linking up to Sweet and Savoury Sunday, stop by and link up again. Have a great day!! Laura@Baking in Pyjamas

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      March 4, 2015 at 1:44 pm

      Thanks for visiting Laura!

  3. […] cooking, I like things to be easy to make and tasty.  This recipe for spaghetti carbonara from All That’s Jas is simple to follow and literally made my mouth water!  It’s on my […]

  4. Reply
    sgarrison05
    March 3, 2015 at 9:43 am

    Oh goodness this looks so good! You can’t go wrong when you mix bacon and pasta!! Thanks for linking up with us at Talented Tuesdays. I hope you’ll join us again this morning.

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      March 3, 2015 at 10:42 am

      Thank you, I’ll be there it’s one of my favorite places to party! 🙂

  5. Reply
    Sherry
    March 1, 2015 at 8:04 pm

    The photos are just wonderful! Thanks for linking up to Funtastic Friday. Hope to see you again this week.

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      March 2, 2015 at 9:10 pm

      Hi Sherry, thank you and thanks for visiting.

  6. Reply
    joylovefood
    March 1, 2015 at 4:37 pm

    This does sound amazing and your photos are gorgeous! Thanks for sharing at What’d You Do This Weekend? I hope you will join us again this Monday morning 🙂

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      March 1, 2015 at 6:34 pm

      Thanks Joy! Sure will 🙂

  7. Reply
    bacurran
    February 22, 2015 at 4:55 pm

    Fabulous looking dish, beautiful pictures too. I love carbonara. Thank you so much for linking up to the first Share Your Style link party. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!
    XO Barbara

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      February 22, 2015 at 8:06 pm

      Thanks for visiting Barbara! Hugs

  8. Reply
    Carole
    February 22, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    Looks delish! Stopping by from Sweet & Savoury Sunday and pinning to Pinterest!

    1. Reply
      allthatsjas
      February 22, 2015 at 8:06 pm

      Thank you Carole! XO

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