Classic Carbonara

  • Prep Time:
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 2-4 servings



  • In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta until al dente according to package directions. Reserve 1 cup pasta water before draining.
  • Mix egg yolks and Parmesan until combined. 
  • Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium heat, cook pancetta until crispy, about 8 minutes. Reserve fat in the skillet and transfer slices to a paper towel–lined plate to drain. 
  • Add garlic to the skillet and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Remove from heat. 
  • Add pasta to the egg-and-cheese mixture and stir vigorously until creamy (being careful not to scramble eggs).
  • Add pasta water a few tablespoons at a time to loosen the sauce. 
  • Season generously with salt and pepper and stir in cooked pancetta .
  • Garnish with parmesan, and parsley before serving.