January 24, 2018

At Home with GCH: Spaghetti Carbonara


Spaghetti Carbonara

Inspiration can strike anywhere, at any time.  I was reading a magazine in the bathtub last night.  It had a page about eggs as super foods, and the different ways to prepare them.  As I was looking at photos of beautifully poached eggs, it came to me:  Spaghetti Carbonara!

Let me back up a minute.  Spaghetti Carbonara is usually made with pancetta (or bacon), onions, and is finished by adding whipped eggs to the hot pasta at the very end.  The resulting sauce is smooth, creamy, and delicious – but it’s also a little risky, since the eggs aren’t really cooked all the way.  For most people, eating uncooked or underdone eggs is not a big deal, but I thought I might be able to make it my way, and improve the food safety quotient in the process.  Instead of an egg sauce, this recipe uses poached eggs—serve with one or two, your choice.

The ingredients for this recipe are probably in your house right now.  I used whole wheat spaghetti in this recipe, but honestly, I like regular spaghetti better.  You could also use another long noodle—fettucini or linguini—if that’s what’s in your pantry.  If you want to splurge on the pancetta, feel free, but I had bacon ready to go.

This recipe serves two.  Make it for dinner tonight, with a green salad.  (Don’t worry, I don’t have an Italian Grandmother who’s rolling over in her grave right now.  Unorthodox?  Maybe, but that doesn’t mean it’s not tasty!)  Mangia!

Spaghetti Carbonara Egg

The Poached Egg, aka The Sauce Bomb!

 Spaghetti Carbonara


  • 1/2 pound spaghetti
  • 1 teaspoon butter or olive oil
  • 4 slices bacon, diced
  • 1/2 onion, diced (use a sweet onion, if you have it)
  • 1/2 pound mushrooms, chopped
  • 2 eggs
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 lemon


  1. Place a large pot of salted water on the stove.  When it boils, add the spaghetti and cook until almost al dente.  
  2. While the pasta boils, cook the bacon and onion together in the olive oil in a large, high-sided pot.  After five minutes, when the bacon is getting crispy and the onion is turning golden, add the mushrooms.  Stir and continue to cook.
  3. When the pasta is just barely underdone, remove from the water and place in the bacon pot, but DO NOT drain the water!  Keep the pasta water simmering over very low heat.  Stir the pasta and bacon mix together over the lowest heat.  Turn off the heat and continue to combine.
  4. In a teacup or small bowl, carefully crack an egg.  Gently lower the egg into the pasta water, and poach.  This will take 3 or so minutes over low heat.  Use a slotted spoon to keep the egg white together.
  5. While the egg is poaching, plate your pasta—make a big pile of spaghetti carbonara, and make a little nest in the top.  When the egg is done—still jiggly but cohesive—place on top of the spaghetti.  Sprinkle generously with Parmesan cheese, and season with salt and pepper.  Squeeze half a lemon lightly over the whole thing.
  6. To eat:  break open the egg, and stir to combine and mix together.

Explore, experiment, enjoy! — Dana

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About Dana Kim

Dana Kim – Blog Contributor
Dana currently lives in Hollywood, California, with her husband and two children. She is currently learning to cook traditional Korean food, to teach her daughters about their heritage and culture. She loves trying all different kinds of recipes and is happy to share those recipes here!