Spaghetti Carbonara

Easy spaghetti carbonara

  • serves 2
  • Easy

This creamy, classic spaghetti carbonara is bound to please a crowd and takes just 20 minutes to make. We love it with parmesan, crispy bacon and lots of freshly ground black pepper


Try our classic spaghetti carbonara recipe, then try our vegetarian carbonara, leek carbonara and penne carbonara. Also check out more of our easy spaghetti recipes such as spaghetti bolognese, spaghetti and meatballs and spaghetti arrabbiata.

Everyone loves a creamy carbonara and it’s super-quick to put together. We add a little cream to our carbonara recipe, it’s not totally authentic but it means you are less likely to overcook the eggs and you will end up with a really silky pasta sauce. It’s our expert tip for making the dish easier to make.



  • spaghetti 250g
  • butter
  • shallot 1, finely chopped
  • garlic 2 cloves, finely chopped
  • smoked streaky bacon 6 rashers, chopped
  • eggs 2
  • single cream 150ml
  • parmesan 25g, finely grated


  • Step 1

    Boil a large pan of water and cook the pasta following the packet instructions.

  • Step 2

    Meanwhile, heat a knob of butter in a small frying pan and cook the shallot, garlic and bacon for 5–7 minutes until golden.

  • Step 3

    Beat together the eggs, cream, most of the parmesan and plenty of ground black pepper.

  • Step 4

    Drain the spaghetti and return to the pan, off the heat. Add the shallot and egg mixtures and toss together.

  • Step 5

    Divide between two bowls then scatter the rest of the parmesan over, with a grinding of black pepper to serve.

Discover more of our spaghetti recipes

Quick and Easy Spaghetti Recipe with Gazpacho Sauce

Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 913
  • Fat 44.1g
  • Carbs 95.3g
  • Fibre 3.9g
  • Protein 39.7g
  • Salt 2.57g