easy spaghetti carbonara recipe


  • 450g spaghetti
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 300g smoked streaky bacon, cut into strips
  • 3 eggs
  • 135g freshly grated parmesan, plus extra for serving
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tbsp roughly chopped chives


Calories columnFat columnSaturates columnSugars columnSalt column
559 per serving
28% %GDA
24g per serving
34% %GDA
10g per serving
50% %GDA
2g per serving
2% %GDA
2.10g per serving
35% %GDA


  1. Bring a large saucepan of salted water to the boil. Add the spaghetti and cook according to packet instructions.

  2. Meanwhile, heat a large frying or sauté pan until hot. Add the oil and the bacon and stir fry for 4-5 minutes until golden brown and crispy.

  3. Crack the eggs into a bowl and add the parmesan, black pepper and half the chives and whisk together.

  4. When the spaghetti is cooked, drain into a colander, then immediately place back over the pan to catch some of the cooking water.

  5. Remove the bacon frying pan from the heat, tip the hot spaghetti into it and toss together. Pour the egg mixture over the top and toss once more, until all the pasta is coated – the heat of the pasta will cook the eggs. Add about 100ml of the cooking water to the pan and toss until it forms a bit of a sauce, not too much, but just enough to coat the pasta.

  6. Divide between serving plates and top with some parmesan, black pepper and last of the chives.