Spaghetti Carbonara Recipe

Easy Spaghetti Carbonara recipe with bacon made in a skillet that kids will love and leftovers are easy to pack for a school lunch.

Are you in a meal planning rut?  Looking to add new meals to your weekly rotation, but nervous about recipes with fancy names and ingredients? If so, your family is going to ask for seconds when you make this Spaghetti Carbonara recipe!

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Easy to make spaghetti carbonara recipe every kid will love! This dinner recipe is great for a thermos leftover lunch!

Introducing new foods to your kids at mealtime, can present many challenges. If these new meals have ingredients that they know and love, you’ve won half the battle. Today’s recipe is a combination of two kid friendly ingredients, spaghetti and bacon, making this a meal that will surely become a family favorite.

While Spaghetti Carbonara may seem like a fancy, time consuming dish, it couldn’t be easier.  This simple pasta recipe comes together quickly, all in one skillet, and will taste like you slaved away in the kitchen for hours.  Left overs make a great thermos lunch for both kids and adults alike!

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Spaghetti Carbonara

Easy spaghetti carbonara recipe every kid will love! This dinner recipe is great for a thermos leftover lunch!
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  • Yield: 6


  • 1/2 pound dried spaghetti
  • 4 slices of thick cut bacon (about 4 oz), cut into small cubes
  • 3/4 cup onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese, shredded
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Italian flat-leaf parsley, chopped, for garnish


  1. In a large pot, over medium high heat, bring water to a boil. Once water is boiling, cook pasta, until al dente. When pasta is ready; reserve 1/2 cup of pasta water, drain pasta, and set aside.
  2. In a large skillet, saute bacon over medium-heat high.
  3. When bacon is browned and just beginning to crisp, add garlic and onion. Continue to cook, stirring frequently, until bacon is brown and crisp and onions are translucent.
  4. In a separate dish, whisk together eggs,parmesan, pepper and set aside.
  5. Turn heat to low and add drained pasta to onion, garlic and bacon in skillet. Mix pasta and cooked bacon and pour egg mixture over pasta.
  6. Working quickly, use tongs to toss and combine pasta with egg, bacon and onions. If pasta is too dry, add a tablespoon of reserved pasta water at a time, until a creamy consistency is reached.This will create a “sauce”.
  7. Garnish with parsley, black pepper and additional parmesan cheese.


Turn leftovers into an awesome school lunch by heating up pasta in the morning and packing inside a pre-heated thermos.



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