The Ultimate Spaghetti Carbonara

"Looks so good and delicious with cooked bacon and parmesan cheese. Of course, there are eggs and a little heavy cream to round out the flavors. Add some freshly ground black pepper and you are in heaven! Recipe is from Tyler Florence who says "if it weren't for this dish, he would have starved to death at college"."
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  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil for the spaghetti.
  • Heat a 3-count of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the bacon and onion and cook for 7-8 minutes, until the onion is caramelized and the bacon is crisp. While cooking the onion and bacon, crack the eggs into a big serving bowl. Add the cream and cheese and whisk. Scrape the bacon and onion into the bowl along with the cooking fat.
  • Before draining pasta, scoop out 1/4 cup of the pasta cooking water and add it to the bowl with the bacon and eggs. Drain the spaghetti and add it to the bowl - toss well. Place a plate on top of the bowl to hold in the heat and let sit 5 minutes. Remove the plate, toss in some salt and cracked black pepper and the parsley.

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  1. Chef PotPie
    What a great recipe! I have to say that I don't see a need to ever do Carbonara any other way. Although it has never happened to me, I always stress and worry that my egg will scramble if the pasta is too hot. I think this method takes that worry away. The sauce came out so smooth and luxurious! We enjoyed this, and made yummy sounds, and I will be using this recipe from now on! It is delicious! I'm so glad you posted this, Nancy!
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  2. Katronx
    This is a Tyler Florence recipe verbatim. You need to give him credit, please. It IS a very tasty and easy recipe ... oh so good! And for those of you who thought it was a bit bland ... throw in a few red pepper flakes ... amazing!
  3. teresas
    We both enjoyed the dish...but thought it lacked something that would give it the WOW! factor...thanks for posting it...made for..."For Your Consideration" tag game...=)
  4. Charmie777
    Fantastic!!!! It came together quickly and was so good!!!! Made for CQ 2014.
  5. diner524
    Just loved it!!! My older sister my something very similar for her youngest daughter (it's her favorite meal) but it was called piggley spaghetti lol. I cut back the recipe to serve one, but for me, it would serve me at least twice, so good and cheap!! Who doesn't love cheese, cream, eggs, bacon and pasta, yummy!!! Thanks for sharing the recipe and I enjoyed it so much more then a sandwich for lunch! Made for PRMR Tag Game.



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