eggpastaI would like to call this simple dish four-ingredient Carbonara but counting everything in – including pasta, there’s actually more and I forgot to include  two other ingredients in this photo – parmesan and pepper. So let’s say four-ingredient Carbonara sauce. ^_^ Italian Carbonara doesn’t have cream; that’s what I’ve been reiterating in my posts and I’m sorry I just have to say it again. Then again, it always gets creamier with well, cream…and that’s perhaps what we we’re used to having.

Carbonara sauce has 4 basic ingredients, that’s egg, bacon, cheese and black pepper. Going more particular, the bacon used is either guanciale or pancetta but hey any bacon is ok. For the cheese, Parmigiano-Reggiano/parmesan is preferred but I sometimes use the more similar Grana Padano.

Here’s what you need:

250g pasta of your choice (I often have Spaghetti or Tagliatelle)
100g bacon
100g parmesan
2 eggs


olive oil

To cook, saute bacon in olive oil. Prepare pasta per package directions. In a bowl combine raw eggs, a drop of olive oil, cheese and pepper, mix well.

Put pasta in pan while still hot but remove the pan from heat. Stir in raw eggs mixture with pasta. Season with salt and pepper but I find the bacon salty already so I opt to leave out salt. Top your Carbonara with lots of parsley.

This is where your preferences come in. You can add peas, mushroom, broccoli or other vegetables. I sometimes put in tuna in lieu of bacon. Will have to share that recipe too. Enjoy your meal!



Food Friday, Yummy Sunday


  1. 11-4-2011

    oo nga, the egg is already creamy enough… 🙂

    thanks so much for sharing your recipe, and the additional info that came with it, over at Food Friday, G!
    enjoy the rest of the week!

  2. 11-4-2011

    Love the presentation! Nagugutom tuloy ako. I want to try carbonara with no cream.

  3. 11-4-2011

    I love carbonara and this is a very simple preparation.

    Food Friday

  4. 11-4-2011

    i prefer olive oil based pasta so patok ‘to sa akin.:p
    the fresh egg would make it creamy, nasanay lang talaga ang mga Pinoy sa carbonara na may cream.:p

  5. 11-5-2011

    Nice and easy! I will try this one too 🙂
    Thanks for sharing 🙂

  6. 11-7-2011

    I am so funny asking you what was the egg for. I love carbonara. I love white sauce but really I did not mind at all how to make it. A friend loves doing that but since she is not here anymore (moved to another place) id like to try it one day.

    Thank you for visiting my food entries, G! ^^

  7. 11-7-2011

    Now I want some carbonara…. nice clicks!

  8. 11-7-2011

    hi sis! i love carbonara ! I should try your recipe. thanks for the visit!

  9. 11-7-2011

    wow, I really love the presentation…:)

  10. 11-8-2011

    thanks for the visit sis:) yay, sarap naman yan. buti at with recipe ang post mo, will ask my bf to cook this one for me:D kasi between the two of us, mas mahilig mag-cook si bf ko keysa sa kin ahaha

  11. 11-9-2011

    that looks delicious, love it that it is not cheesy 🙂 Dropping some love for Yummy Sunday, hope that you can visit me back too

  12. 11-11-2011

    That’s easy and healthy to eat:)

    Visiting from YS! Hope you can visit me back..

  13. 11-12-2011

    Looks healthy and creamy 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

  14. 2-1-2012

    My kind of carbonara… usually with bacon and mushrooms 🙂

  15. 5-13-2012

    Oh, I never knew Italian carbonara didn’t have cream in it. thanks for sharing this. I’m sure my daughter would love this.


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