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Video:How to Make Spaghetti Carbonara

with Stephanie Gallagher

Learn how to make spaghetti carbonara with this easy recipe from our professional chef. See these step-by-step instructions for creating a delicious spaghetti carbonara at home that will definitely be a big hit with the family.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Make Spaghetti Carbonara

Hi, I'm Stephanie Gallagher for About.com, and today, we're making spaghetti carbonara. Let's get started.

Ingredients for Spaghetti Carbonara

For this recipe, you will need:
  • 16 oz. spaghetti
  • 1/2 lb. bacon, cut into 1/2-inch or 1-inch pieces
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup freshly-grated pecorino-romano cheese (you can use grated parmesan instead if you prefer)
  • 1 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh Italian parsley

Instructions for Making Spaghetti Carbonara

Fill a large pot with water about 3/4 of the way full. Add a large handful of salt - don't worry, you're not going to be eating handfuls of salt. It's a lot of pasta, and most of the salt will be washed away with the water.

Okay, bring the water to boil over medium-high heat.

Now add the bacon to a cold skillet. Cook the bacon over low heat for about 10-15 minutes until crisp. Drain paper towels.

Okay, now your pasta water should be boiling. Add the spaghetti to the boiling water, and bring it to a boil again, then cook for 6-9 minutes or until al dente - that is tender, but still a bit firm to the bite.

While the pasta is cooking, crack the eggs into a small bowl. Add the cream, the grated cheese and the olive oil. Whisk it all together until smooth.

Looks like our pasta is ready, so let's drain that. Now see that steam? That's because the spaghetti is still very hot, and that's what will cook the eggs when we toss the egg mixture with the spaghetti. Add the egg mixture and toss with tongs.

Now sprinkle the bacon on top and the parsley. And a few spoonfuls of extra cheese can't hurt either.

And here's your mouth-watering spaghetti carbonara.

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