Pasta Carbonara- From My Italian Kitchen to Yours

Happy Friday everyone! I am sitting in the beautiful city of Reggio Emilia in the university’s library with my best friend, Marta. As she works on her dissertation, I decided this would be a wonderful time to write a post. As Promised, I am back this week with a recipe straight from my host mom’s kitchen! This one is a classic: Pasta alla Carbonara. It is a classic Italian dish that originated in Rome. The best part about it is it’s easy to make and it is delicious! In less than 20 minutes, you will have a delicious plate of pasta that will make you feel like you are breathing in the Mediterranean air. ❤ LET’S GET STARTED!

Pasta Carbonara


(recipe for two people)


2 servings of Pasta– any kind will do! I am using Penne Rigate, but Spaghetti works well too.

1/3 Cup of Smoked Pancetta– This can be found in most grocery stores, but if you can’t find it you can substitute bacon cut into small cubes. * Vegetarians or those that don’t eat pork can use zucchini cut into small cubes as a substitute*

1 Egg

1/3 Cup of Parmesan cheese

2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Pinch of Black Pepper



  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Once it begins to boil, Salt the water well.
  2. In a small pan, combine the pancetta (or substitute) with the olive oil and pepper, heat over a medium flame until the pancetta is well cook and forms a crust.


  1. In a bowl, whip together the egg and Parmesan cheese. Set aside.



  1. Add pasta to boiling water and cook per the instructions given.
  2. When the pancetta has formed a crust, remove from the flame and let it cool.
  3. Once completely cooled, combine the pancetta with the egg and cheese mixture. IT IS IMPORTANT THAT THE PANCETTA IS COOL. If not, the egg will begin to cook.  DSC_0134.JPG
  4. Strain the cooked pasta and put it back in the hot pot.
  5. Add the pancetta, egg, and cheese mixture and stir well.
  6. Add Parmesan cheese and pepper to taste.


This is a dish best served hot, so eat it right away! I am sure this won’t be a difficult task.

If anyone tries this dish, comment below to let me know how it turned out for you! It is one of my favorites.

I just came back from a wonderful weekend at Garda Lake for my host sister’s bachelorette party. It is one of the most breathtaking places in Northern Italy. Next week, I am going to the Tiziano Ferro Concert! AHHHHHHHHH! I feel like I am sixteen again. I am sure you all can’t wait for a bunch of photos of me crying like a crazed fan. Only 11 days left until I land in the Casablanca Airport!

Until then, Buon Appetito ❤




2 thoughts on “Pasta Carbonara- From My Italian Kitchen to Yours

  1. Shante; I made the pasta carbonara recipe. It was easy to prepare and it was delicious. I added a minced shallot to the bacon as it cooked, and then a garlic powder and extra pepper (my preference). Great recipe ~ thanks for sharing!


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