Cooking for One: Spaghetti Carbonara

April 29, 2012 in Cheap Eats,Cooking for One

Spaghetti Carbonara is one of my favorite meals.  It’s easy to make and it has bacon in it…what more can a girl ask for?  I also love Spaghetti Carbonara because the recipe can be adapted for one person or a crowd without a lot of fuss.  You can use whatever type of pasta you have on hand (I used whole wheat spaghetti for the dish pictured) and I like to use pancetta instead of bacon when it’s on sale.

2 oz. Dry Spaghetti (or other pasta)
2 strips of bacon
1 clove of garlic, chopped
1 egg
2 teaspoons, parmesan cheese
¼ teaspoon, pepper
Parsley (preferably fresh) to garnish


  • Cook pasta to al dente according to package instructions.
  • While pasta is cooking, add bacon to a skillet and cook for about two minutes.  Then crumble bacon and return it to the pan along with chopped garlic.  Cook for two more minutes.
  • In a separate bowl, lightly beat the egg with parmesan cheese and pepper.
  • Drain pasta and add it directly to the skillet with the bacon and garlic.  Remove the pan from heat.
  • Pour the egg mixture over the pasta and continuously toss the pasta in the egg mixture as it thickens.  Be sure to toss the pasta quickly to be sure that the egg doesn’t scramble.
  • Garnish with parsley and additional cheese.
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Mandi April 29, 2012 at 11:36 pm

This sounds really tasty… I may have to try this one out.

Thanks for sharing



Single & Saving May 1, 2012 at 9:28 am

Let me know if you try it, Mandi!


Kathy Hailey December 21, 2013 at 6:56 pm

Loved, loved, loved the recipe for Spaghetti Carbonara! It was quick and easy to make and I already had the ingredients on hand. The fresh parsley really gives it flavor. I think I would take this recipe and change it up by adding fresh chopped tomatoes or sautéed shrimp or left over rotisserie chicken cut up into cubes to create heartier dishes (although it’s good just the way it is).
I just discovered your web page today and I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your tips, etc.. I can’t wait to try out some of the other recipes you have posted (I wish they showed the calorie count but they look pretty healthy).


Single & Saving December 23, 2013 at 10:09 pm

I love the idea of adding shrimp to my carbonara recipe!


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