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Spaghetti Carbonara

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!
Course Dinner
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Spaghetti Carbonara
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 1352kcal
Author Carnival Cruise Lines


  • 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