How to Make a Classic Fettuccini Carbonara

How to Make a Classic Fettuccini Carbonara

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Ever need a break from Prego or Alfredo on your pasta noodles or zucchini zoodles?  But it’s been a long day, and you’re tired.  I get it!  You should still be able to have a tasty dinner that doesn’t take long to pull together.  Treat yourself to this Fettuccini Carbonara recipe for a delicious pasta dish that is so incredibly fast and easy you’ll be hard pressed to reach for a jar of sauce ever again.

close up of bacon, garlic and onion sauteeing

The recipe comes together in the time that it takes water to boil plus the 8 minutes it takes pasta to boil or the zucchini to spiralize.  Unless you’re using fresh pasta, that’ll cut off 4 minutes.pulling fresh pasta out of the water with red tongs

You can jazz it up if you’d like with peas and mushrooms.  Black fettuccini noodles are fun too!  Many of them get their color from squid ink, but don’t let that deter you.  It doesn’t taste any different than its lighter brethren.  For me personally, I like the basic Carbonara with lots and lots of garlic.  YUM.

chopped up garlic, onion and parsley on chopping block

Keep it simple by serving it up with rustic tomato tart, or garlic bread, a fresh Parmesan Garlic Salad.  A crisp sauvignon blanc pairs really nicely with this meal and if you’ve got a mind for dessert?  Try some fresh berries and vanilla ice cream.  I love Fettuccini Carbonara not only because it’s so easy, but because everyone in our family (from 5 to 75) can’t get enough of it!  Maybe it’s the bacon?  Maybe it’s the lightness of the sauce?  Maybe it’s the butter?  I really don’t know. big red pot full of pasta, bacon, cream sauce, parsley and cheese

All I know is, it’s a winner every time it hits the table and that makes me feel like I’ve hit a home run for my family! plated fettuccini carbonara with parsley on top

Fettuccini Carbonara

Classic pasta dish.  Easy to make with less than 10 ingredients.  Yum.  Make this a meal with a salad or serve it as a side.  Everyone in our family loves it! |

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Calories 339 kcal


  • 8 ounces fettuccini pasta
  • 2 shallot minced
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 6 strips bacon cooked and chopped
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese grated


  1. Over medium low heat, add the bacon and cook until done but flexible.  Sauté shallots and garlic until soft.  
  2. Turn off heat.  Add cream, parmesan cheese, and egg yolks to the shallots and bacon.  Mix well.
  3. Boil pasta until al dente.  If you're using frozen fresh pasta about 6 minutes.  If it's not frozen, 4 minutes. 
  4. Lift pasta out of pot and put into cream mixture.  If a little of the pasta water gets into the sauce, that's ok.  The starch in the water with help thicken it up.  Stir well and serve.
  5. Drizzle with olive oil.  Top with parsley and parmesan.  Add salt and pepper to taste.

Recipe Notes

With Pasta

Nutrition Facts

Serves 6
Serving Size 1 serving
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 22.2g34%
 Saturated Fat 9.5g 
 Trans Fat 0.3g 
Cholesterol 192.1mg64%
Sodium 227.4mg9%
Total Carbohydrate 22.7g8%
 Dietary Fiber 0.1g0%
 Sugars 1.2g 
Protein 11.5g23%
Vitamin A 138.2µg9%
Vitamin C 0.5mg1%
Calcium 39mg4%
Iron 1.9mg11%
Zinc 1.2mg8%



With Zucchini Zoodles

Nutrition Facts

Serves 6
Serving Size 1 serving
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19.8g30%
 Saturated Fat 8.8g 
 Trans Fat 0.3g 
Cholesterol 102.4mg34%
Sodium 194mg8%
Total Carbohydrate 1.9g1%
 Dietary Fiber 0.1g1%
 Sugars 1.2g 
Protein 5.2g10%
Vitamin A 106.9µg7%
Vitamin C 1.5mg2%
Calcium 24.5mg2%
Iron 0.4mg2%
Zinc 0.5mg4%


Nutrition Facts
Fettuccini Carbonara
Amount Per Serving
Calories 339
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Homemade Pasta

Homemade pasta takes some time, but it's not hard.  It's super fun to make and once you eat it, you will never want to buy a box of pasta again.  It's that good! |

Course Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Keyword pasta
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Resting Time 20 minutes
Total Time 43 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 161 kcal
Author Madalaine


  • 2 cups flour all purpose
  • 1/4 cup semolina
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons water

Special Equipment

  • 1 pasta machine


  1. Place flour and semolina in a large bowl and mix them together.  Make a well or crater in the center.

  2. Add the 3 eggs and water to the center of the flour mixture.  Mix this altogether with your hands until the dough easily comes off them. 

  3. When the dough forms a soft smooth ball, about 10 minutes, wrap it in plastic wrap for at least 20 minutes and up to 3 hours.  

  4. Divide ball into 4 equal pieces.  Take one piece out and rewrap the other 3 pieces in plastic wrap.  

  5. Flatten the piece of dough and roll it through the machine* at it's widest setting. Fold it into thirds and run it through this widest setting again.  Do this again 2 more times, folding into thirds each time.

  6. Turn the machine to it's next setting (#2) and roll through twice.  Do this all the way up to #6, running the dough through twice each time.

  7. At #6, the pasta should be at least 4 to 6 feet in length.  If you are making lasagna noodles, cut it at the length you want and dry the sheets on clean dish towels.  If you are making linguini or spaghetti noodles, cut the pasta into your desired length and run the sheets through the cutter attachment. 

  8. Dry the noodles on a pasta drying rack, or a clean dish towel sprinkled with semolina.

  9. If not using immediately, store dry pasta in zip locks in the freezer for up to 4 months.

  10. To cook, plunge pasta into rapidly boiling salted water for 3 minutes.  Drain and serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

  • * If the dough pulls and tears, it's too wet.  Powder it with flour and run it through again.
  • Add a liberal amount of salt to the boiling water.  Pasta gets a wonderful flavor from this.
  • To stop the cooking process, run it under cold water.  I like to boil pasta for 2 minutes, then add it directly to a hot sauce and serve it immediately.  It continues to cook a little more in the sauce and I think the texture and firmness is perfect!
Nutrition Facts
Homemade Pasta
Amount Per Serving
Calories 161
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



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