Garden Herb Spaghetti Carbonara

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Garden Herb Spaghetti Carbonara
Photo: © Ian Knauer
Active Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
4 to 6


  • 8 ounces pancetta, guanciale, or bacon, sliced

  • 3 large eggs

  • 3 large egg yolks

  • 3/4 cup finely grated parmesan cheese, plus more for garnish

  • 1 pound dried spaghetti

  • Kosher salt

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 cup mixed fresh herbs such as; oregano, thyme, sage, chives, rosemary, basil


  1. In a large heavy skillet, cook the pancetta over medium heat until browned and crisp, 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer the pancetta to paper towels to drain, reserving the fat in the skillet. Remove the skillet from the heat and let cool to warm. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, yolks, and 3/4 cup cheese. Whisk the egg mixture into the cooled fat in the skillet.

  2. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the spaghetti until al dente. Reserve 1/2 cup of the pasta cooking water, then drain the pasta. Immediately add the hot pasta to the egg mixture in the skillet, turning with tongs to coat the spaghetti with the egg sauce. Stir in some of the re-served pasta cooking water if you prefer a looser consistency. Season the pasta with salt and pepper to taste, then serve, topped with the fresh herbs, crumbled reserved pancetta and addi-tional cheese.

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