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Fettuccine Carbonara Recipe
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Fettuccine Carbonara Recipe

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When a man at church found out how much my family likes fettuccine carbonara, he shared his Italian grandmother's recipe with us. I've made it my own over the last 25 years. Grated Parmesan cheese works just as well as Romano. —Kristine Chayes, Smithtown, New York
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1/2 pound bacon strips, chopped
  • 1 package (16 ounces) fettuccine
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup half-and-half cream
  • 4 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup grated Romano cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
  • Additional grated Romano cheese, optional


  1. In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp, stirring occasionally. Remove with a slotted spoon; drain on paper towels. Discard drippings, reserving 1 tablespoon in pan.
  2. Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven, cook fettuccine according to package directions. Drain; return to pan.
  3. Add onion to drippings in skillet; cook and stir over medium heat 2-3 minutes or until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Reduce heat to medium-low. Stir in cream. In a small bowl, whisk a small amount of warm cream into eggs; return all to pan, whisking constantly. Cook 8-10 minutes or until a thermometer reads 160°, stirring constantly.
  4. Stir cheese, salt, pepper and bacon into sauce. Add to fettuccine and toss to combine. Sprinkle with parsley and, if desired, additional cheese. Serve immediately. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Fettuccine Carbonara in Simple & Delicious June/July 2014

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.

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Reviewed Jul. 24, 2015

"I added peas to my sauce which gave it some more texture and flavor. However, I did find the recipe to be very eggy and rich. It wasn't bad but needed something to thin it out or take away the richness."

Reviewed Jul. 18, 2015

"This was delicious. Next time I think I will add some veggies like mushrooms or peas or asparagus. This recipe was easy enough for a weeknight dinner."

Reviewed Feb. 17, 2015

"I added pasta water to the sauce to help make up for what the pasta soaks up. Was a big hit with the picky eaters in my family."

Reviewed Aug. 27, 2014

"I only had turkey bacon and angel hair pasta, so I used that. The sauce was almost non-existant, so if I make this again, I would double the sauce. I also had a hard time measuring the temperature of the sauce in my skillet because the liquid level was so low. Besides for those annoyances, the taste was fine. I prefer my carbonara with fresh mushrooms, peas, and lots more fresh ground pepper."

Reviewed May. 17, 2014

"I read the review by annrms before I made this recipe, and I added a tablespoon of oil to the cooking water for the pasta.. this sometimes helps to keep the pasta from absorbing so much of the sauce. Instead of adding more half and half, which I thought would make it too soupy, I added 1/2 cup sour cream. The end result was wonderful. Upon reheating, I added a bit more half and half, and it was perfect, the second time around. As a volunteer field editor, I am happy to recommend this recipe, with the adjustments mentioned."

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