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Fettuccine Carbonara

When a man at church found out how much my family likes fettuccine, he shared his Italian grandmother's carbonara 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


  • 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


  • 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.
  • Meanwhile, in a Dutch oven, cook fettuccine according to package directions. Drain; return to pan.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup (calculated without additional cheese): 495 calories, 19g fat (9g saturated fat), 162mg cholesterol, 684mg sodium, 56g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 3g fiber), 25g protein.

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  • Cheri
    Nov 30, 2020

    Any tips for getting the egg and cream correct? I don't think I did it right.

  • lolohiser
    Jun 24, 2020

    Jimmy saw this (close enough) on a TV show. If he likes it....make it again.

  • Sarah
    Jun 19, 2020

    I cooked this recipe with whole-grain fettuccine, and I did cook some chicken to toss along with it. My husband loved it! It was interesting to make a sauce with egg in it, So it’s a different consistency then most white sauces, but it was tasty and full of protein! Instead of cooking bacon I just used bacon bits that I put into the recipe. It worked great! Thanks for sharing the recipe, I will make it again!

  • Ryan
    May 12, 2020

    Absolutely divine. This may not be a perfectly authentic Italian recipe taught in Rome, but it is BY FAR the best, tastiest richest version of Fettuccine Carbonara I've ever been able to make for myself. My favorite meal has long been Fettuccine Carbonara, and I have tries dozens of recipes online attempting to duplicate the recipe that an old local restaurant (Frankie's Italian, in Marietta GA) used. Having left Georgia, I've been unable to. Find anything that compared.... Until I made this. I loved this recipe so much I committed it to memory. If you're one of the people reviewing this based on judgment without even trying it... Remove your pitiful whiney negative review and put your thoughts in the comments section. Don't post reviews for things you've never even tried cooking. Again... This is a divinely rich, clearly explained recipe, fully deserving a 5 star review. (be sure to follow the directions about how to use the eggs!)

  • shannondobos
    Nov 5, 2019

    I'm surprised by all the mixed reviews here. I prepared this as written for dinner last night and it was EXCELLENT! As long as you ensure you add the eggs as stated in the directions, it should come together easily. I will definitely make again.

  • LPHJKitchen
    Mar 23, 2019

    We really loved this recipe! It was easy enough yet very flavorful! I could see where you need to take care to not overcook the eggs while mixing in but it was still a pretty quick dish. Had flavors of a traditional carbonara without all the hard-to-find ingredients!

  • Jerelin
    Jul 13, 2018

    Additionally, bacon is not used; panchetta is used.

  • Bob
    Jun 28, 2018

    Authenic Fettucine Carbonara does not use any cream or milk. I took a cooking class in Rome and that is where I learned to prepare this dish the correct way.

  • Jksread
    Jun 5, 2018

    Janice? Start your own website if you’re such a good cook.

  • carvingknife
    Mar 22, 2018

    Jeez Janice. Why didn't you submit the recipe if you going change it that much?