Carbonara is a delicious Italian pasta dish. It’s one of the easiest dishes to make if you’re short on time. I feel like carbonara is quite heavy to digest because of how creamy it is. This recipe excludes cream completely and just uses an egg and parmesan cheese to make the consistency of the pasta.

Alternative ingredients:

You don’t necessarily have to use spaghetti pasta. Depending on what I have in my cupboard, I usually make carbonara using spaghetti pasta or tagliatelle pasta. Any pasta type is a good alternative. If you like to make the dish creamier and heavier, you can add 10ml of cooking cream. This will make the consistency thicker.

Why I like this dish:

This recipe is very student-friendly. It consists of only 5 ingredients and can be easily made within 20 minutes. Quick and easy, I highly recommend this recipe for university students who are short on time but still want to eat something warm and filling.

What goes well with carbonara:

It’s such a simple dish that can be accompanied by so many different sides, such as:

  • Garlic bread
  • Small side salad
  • Bread slices with olive oil

Hints and Tips:

  • Add the spaghetti to the cooked bacon bits and garlic before adding the grated parmesan. Slowly mix it into the pasta and continuously stir. This will allow the cheese to slowly melt. 

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ingredients to make carbonara
ingredients to make carbonara

Simple Carbonara Recipe

Recipe by YvonneCuisine: ItalianDifficulty: Easy


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Cooking time




  • 60g spaghetti/tagliatelle

  • 50g bacon pieces

  • 60g parmesan cheese

  • 1 garlic clove

  • 1 egg


  • Boil the spaghetti/tagliatelle for around 8 minutes.
  • Grate the parmesan cheese.
  • Finely chop the garlic clove.
  • Crack the egg and whisk it.
  • Drain the spaghetti. 
  • Fry the bacon and garlic until cooked. 
  • At medium heat, add the spaghetti, egg and parmesan into the pan and mix until egg is cooked and parmesan is melted. Enjoy 🙂

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