Spaghetti Carbonara Recipe

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In this post I show you my Spaghetti Carbonara recipe.

I like to supplement the traditional pasta with egg with crispy fried herbs.

So the pasta gets a special taste kick.

The crispy herbs in combination with bacon, egg and pasta are a sensational and aromatic combination.

As a professional chef I have the first tip for you:

Add a little cream or whipped cream to the eggs.

Then the preparation becomes lighter in consistency and wonderfully fluffy.

This pasta will convince every gourmet, I promise! I wish you good luck and a good appetite.

1. Recipe Spaghetti Carbonara Recipe

Following my recipe with the exact quantities of the ingredients.

I wish you good luck and a good appetite!

Spaghetti Carbonara

Cooked, photographed and written down by chef Thomas Sixt.

Servings 2
Calories 1069
Total Time 18 Min.
Preparation Time 10 Min.
Cook Time 8 Min.

Simple guide to prepare spaghetti with bacon and egg.

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Spaghetti Carbonara Recipe Picture
Spaghetti Carbonara recipe picture © Thomas Sixt


Crispy herbs

40 ml Sunflower oil (to fry the herbs)
1 bunch Parsley
12 pc sage
4 cp thyme
1 pinch Salt

Carbonara Sauce and Spaghetti

80 g Bacon strips (bacon) (Vegetarian variation see article!)
1 pc garlic
25 g butter
250 g spaghetti
3 pc eggs
1 tbsp Cream
60 g Parmesan cheese
60 g Pecorino cheese
1 pinch Salt
4 pinch Pepper
4 tsp Olive oil


Fried parsley on paper towels
Place the crispy fried parsley on a plate with kitchen paper and season with salt.

Prepare herbs

Heat the sunflower oil in a large pan and fry the herbs briefly until crispy.

Put a lid on the pan to squirt the fat.

Place the crispy fried herbs on a paper towel and season with salt.

Spaghetti picture
Spaghetti photographed on a kitchen table.

Pasta cooking

Place a large pot of water on the stove and season with salt.

The pasta water may taste like sea water.

Prepare the spaghetti for cooking.

Fried bacon cubes
Fried bacon cubes in the pan.

Prepare bacon

Brown the bacon strips with the peeled garlic clove in a pan with the foamed butter until light brown.

Let the carbonara settle next to the stove. Cook the spaghetti until al dente.

Mix eggs
Mix eggs in a bowl, seasoned with salt and pepper.

Prepare eggs

Beat the eggs in a bowl, season with salt and pepper, add the cream and whisk with a fork.

Spaghetti Carbonara photographed in a pan.
Spaghetti Carbonara in the pan. Only the two types of cheese, Pecorino and Parmesan, make this pasta an Italian original.


Pour off the spaghetti and shake out well, remove the garlic from the carbonara preparation.

Pour the spaghetti into the pan, add half of the cheese and the eggs and mix briefly on the stove.

Spaghetti Carbonara Recipe Original Image
Spaghetti Carbonara recipe picture. Cook this simple pasta and enjoy the finest Italian cuisine!


Arrange the spaghetti carbonara quickly on warm plates or in bowls.

Decorate with the remaining cheese and olive oil and prepared crispy herbs and serve.



2. Nutritional Values

3. Shopping List Spaghetti Carbonara

For your Spaghetti Carbonara you need the following ingredients…

Pancetta is the Italian variant of pork belly bacon.
Pancetta is marinated regionally with rosemary or sage and salt.
Pancetta is available air-dried or smoked.
For the Spaghetti Carbonara I prefer to use a lightly smoked bacon – Bacon is a good substitute!

Bacon Tip from chef Thomas Sixt
Spaghetti Carbonara photographed in a pan.
Spaghetti carbonara in the pan. Only the two cheeses Pecorino and Parmesan turn this pasta into an Italian original. © Thomas Sixt Food Photographer

4. Spaghetti Carbonara Original Recipe

A chef friend from Verona told me his original family recipe for the Carbonara:

Luigi showed during the preparation that he likes to add some cream or even mascarpone to the carbonara sauce.

This supports the taste and makes the Carbonara lighter. This is not mentioned in any cookbook!

Original Carbonara please prepare with two cheeses!
For the perfect Italian taste experience you need Pecorino AND Parmesan.

Tip from Chef Thomas Sixt
Spaghetti Carbonara served in a bowl.
Carbonara Original Italian with crispy herbs. A great Carbonara Pasta that pleases the palate! © Thomas Sixt Food Photographer

5. Spaghetti Carbonara Without Bacon, Vegetarian

I have tried the Carbonara in different vegetarian variants. It tastes best with the following preparation:

I think it’s delicious…Write me your comments about the comment function.

Carbonara also goes vegetarian without an animal.
This is not a classic yet, but it tastes great!

Vegetarian Tip from Chef Thomas Sixt
Vegetarian spaghetti carbonara
Vegetarian Spaghetti Carbonara

6. Crispy Herbs to Complement Carbonara

My carbonara always needs herbs. I like to combine parsley and sage to carbonara.

I fry the herbs briefly in a little oil, so I get crispy herbs that flatter the palate.

The combination of creamy eggs with pasta and a strong smoked taste gets a WOW palate feeling with crispy herbs.

This is ideal when guests come or you want to spoil your loved ones.

Crispy herbs prepared for spaghetti carbonara
Crispy fried herbs complement my Carbonara as a taste kick to the creamy bacon egg sauce. Use parsley, sage and thyme. Rosemary is too strong for the soft pasta with egg. © Thomas Sixt Food Photographer

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