I figured it’s time to put my love of food into a quick blog post for #foodfightfriday! We’re going to look at some food pictures of Spaghetti Carbonara, a new family favorite.

Why Carbonara?

We went to Rome a few months back, so when we came back it was obvious we had to learn how to make our favorite dishes. Carbonara is easy to make, requires fairly ordinary ingredients, and is really tasty.

I started out by cutting up strips of bacon. The Italians use pancetta, and if you have that, more power to you, but bacon works great and we have a lot of it (it was on mega sale and we bought a ton).

While the bacon fried up, I got some minced garlic ready, boiled the water and made spaghetti, and also grabbed eggs and Parmesan.

Add the garlic to the bacon once it has rendered and cooked (but before it is crispy) and cook for a minute, then add a splash of red wine. Dry is better, but it’s OK to experiment with what you like.

Meanwhile, whisk the eggs and add in the Parmesan cheese. Set this aside.

When your spaghetti is done, reserve a cup of the pasta water, drain the noodles, and quickly put them back in the pot. Add the egg and cheese mixture, and stir quickly. This shouldn’t be done over heat, or else the eggs will scramble, but the noodles should be hot enough that they’ll cook the raw eggs enough to ensure you are eating safe.

If you have any doubt about eating raw eggs, don’t do it! We’ve had this three or four times with no problems and we use store bought eggs.

Put a little of the bacon mixture on top of your pile of noodles, and maybe some parsley if you like. Enjoy!

NB: this recipe was mostly borrowed from the Food Network. They recommend mixing the bacon in with the noodles at the end, but I prefer putting them on top.

Thanks to @foodfightfriday for making a fun tag like this and fellow foodlover @glenalbrethsen for using it and getting my attention.


P.S. You can find Pancetta Round – 3 Lbs on Amazon. This is an affiliate link and I do earn a commission if you click through and buy something.

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