Spaghetti Carbonara from the Carnival Sunshine!

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Spaghetti Carbonara is a decadent main dish perfect for a special occasion. Creamy, cheesy carbs with bacon too!

Spaghetti Carbonara

Shalom, friends!

I’m sharing a FABULOUS FABULOUS FABULOUS recipe with you today…one I had {again and again!!} on the Carnival Sunshine when I took a foodie cruise with some blogging friends with Carnival Cruise Lines last month!

I had never been on a cruise before, so I had no idea what to expect. Especially being 21 weeks pregnant. That’s a big kink in my normal, everyday travel plans.

But, when I first got the email inviting me on this foodie cruise, I KNEW I had to go. It sounded too good to be true, plus a lot of my blogging friends were going, so it was mixing business with pleasure.

The big push on the Sunshine was their remodeled ship with all these new and amazing restaurants. So, of course it was my duty to try ALL of the restaurants over the course of the 8 day cruise.

The things I do for you…

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One of my very favorite restaurants I ate at was called Cucina del Capitano where I ordered everything off the menu plus the Spaghetti Carbonara.


This pasta is magical. Never before have I had a carbonara so good! It was SO creamy and SO wonderfully perfect that I ate here twice!

Mama like.

Usually, I feel bad for eating SO MUCH heavy pasta, but not this time. It was too good to pass up. And guilt is overrated…and for the non-pregnant people.

I liked this pasta so much that I emailed my PR contact and asked for the recipe. {I miiiight have a slight addiction starting.}

Guess what, ya’ll. She gave it to me {!!!!!} and that is the recipe I’m sharing with you today.

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the view from my state room
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Beach at Grand Turk
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In Puerto Rico!
Some of the blogging friends that came cruising too! L to R: Rachel from A Southern Fairytale, Sommer from A Spicy Perspective, me, Shawn from I Wash You Dry and Amanda from Kevin and Amanda.

Keep in mind this is a really decadent main dish, but don’t let that stop you from making it! It would be a perfect recipe for the holidays coming up or if you want to impress someone special! This is the recipe to pull out 🙂 It’s a good one!!

Thank you Carnival for hosting us!

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Spaghetti Carbonara from the Sunshine Carnival Cruise

Spaghetti Carbonara is a decadent main dish perfect for a special occasion. Creamy, cheesy carbs with bacon too!
servings 6 servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 1 lb spaghetti
  • 1 lb bacon
  • 2 yellow onions
  • 3/4 liter heavy cream about 3 cups
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 lb. grated parmesan cheese
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 4 oz. butter

Optional Garnishes:

  • fried oregano
  • more grated parmesan
  • fried strips of pancetta


  • Cut bacon into small pieces and dice onion finely. Heat a large pan over medium heat and render the fat from the bacon. Once it is crispy, remove from the pan and drain on paper towels. Set aside.
  • Reduce heat to medium low and sauté onion in bacon grease without coloring until tender. In a large bowl, whisk egg with cream. Season with salt & pepper.
  • While onion cooks, cook spaghetti until al dente. Drain and add hot pasta to pan with onions.
  • Top with cream mixture, cooked bacon, parmesan cheese and butter and toss to completely coat pasta. {Might take a few minutes to get everything well coated.} Sauce should be very light. Garnish as desired with fried oregano, parmesan shaves & pancetta strips.


Calories: 1352kcal | Carbohydrates: 66g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 104g | Saturated Fat: 56g | Cholesterol: 326mg | Sodium: 1279mg | Potassium: 524mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 2710IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 538mg | Iron: 2mg
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Spaghetti Carbonara
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  1. Patti

    I’ve read this recipe half a dozen times and don’t see when to add all that Parmesan? Should it go in the cream mixture? I’m halfway thru this and stuck!

  2. Haifa Khalil

    5 stars
    Thank you for sharing the recipe! While I was making it for dinner tonight I looked at the ingredients that I prepared then realized I didn’t add the cheese!!!! So I just mixed at the end. It was delicious.

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  4. Cassie

    when do you add the shredded cheese? I have also had this dish onboard and it is TO DIE FOR! Thank you for sharing the recipe!

  5. LAR

    I’m not familiar with having so much onion in Carbonara. Are you sure this is necessary? I’m concerned it won’t be family friendly with so much onion. Thanks.

  6. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef

    I’m surprised (and quite pleased) that they shared the recipe. This sounds so good and I’m another one that loves carbonara.

  7. Marty

    OMG, I made this pasta this evening and was given 5 stars from my family. Very good, thank you for sharing. This will make a great side dish to grilled chicken I think next time. xoxo

  8. Shelly

    What does “in bacon grease without coloring until tender” mean? I don’t understand the “without coloring” part. 🙂 This sounds wonderful and I see it on our menu in the VERY near future! Thanks for sharing!!

  9. Becki

    I think if I could have one dish for dinner it would be carbonara so thank you for sharing such a great recipe! I am going on a carnival cruise in January – can’t wait! Hope the food is as good on my ship as it is on the Sunshine!