One summer I went to a local restaurant almost every other week only to order the same exact dish each time: pasta carbonara. Their dish was so incredibly good that I craved it beyond what was usually normal for me. Now obviously I couldn’t keep up that kind of pasta habit so I started making my own.

While I could share an in depth recipe – and maybe I will someday – I wanted to provide a more realistic dish, one with less than five ingredients that could be completed pretty much in the time it takes to cook pasta. The recipe is currently portioned for one serving so it makes doubling, tripling, or quadrupling it easy!

Quick Pasta Carbonara

I LOVE carbonara and often I want to get my hands on it as quickly and easily as possible. This is an easy way to enjoy carbonara for one – quick enough even for a work from home lunch. Serving more than one? This recipe is easy to double or even triple!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 1 serving


  • 2 ounces your favorite dry pasta
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 piece thick cut bacon roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan


  • Start boiling a pot of salted water – and when I say salted…I mean SALTED. A rule of thumb is that it should taste like seawater.
  • Crack the egg into a bowl and whisk to combine with about 3/4 of your parmesan, lots of fresh cracked pepper, and a pinch or so of kosher salt then set aside.
  • Add the chopped bacon to a cold pan and heat it to medium. The bacon will render as it becomes crispy, save about a tablespoon of the rendered fat and discard the rest.
  • Once the pasta is cooked al dente, add it in to the bacon pan. You can allow some water to still cling on, it doesn't need to be completely drained. Save about a half cup of the pasta water and set aside.
  • Toss the pasta to combine and coat with the bacon fat. Then, remove from heat and count slowly to 10. Afterwards, add the egg and parmesan mixture and toss constantly with tongs to combine.
  • At this point your pasta is ready to serve! Sometimes I like to toss a little spinach into mine then top with the extra parmesan.
Keyword 5 ingredients or less, carbonara, easy dinner, easy lunch, easy meal, pasta