Milk and Eggs: Pasta Carbonara

Okay y’all! Here’s our Milk and Eggs recipe for March!

This recipe seems complicated but its really not! And when I say this is the best carbonara pasta I’ve ever had, I MEAN IT.


So let’s jump right in!


8 – 10 slices bacon , cut into 1/2-inch pieces

6 1/2 cups water , divided

4 cloves garlic , minced

12 oz spaghetti

1 1/4 cups finely grated parmesan cheese , plus more for serving

3 large eggs

1 large egg yolk

1 tsp each salt and pepper

Chopped fresh parsley , for garnish


Add bacon and 1/2 cup of the water to a large non-stick skillet and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Allow to simmer until water evaporates about 6 – 7 minutes, then reduce heat to medium-low and continue to cook until bacon is brown and crisp, about 6 – 8 minutes longer.


Place a strainer over a bowl then pour bacon into strainer while reserving about 1 tsp of the rendered fat in pan.


Return pan to heat and saute garlic about 30 seconds, until fragrant and lightly golden.


Pour garlic into a medium mixing bowl then add 1 Tbsp rendered bacon fat (drippings in bowl set under strainer) to mixing bowl with garlic.

Add eggs, egg yolk, parmesan and pepper to garlic mixture and whisk until well combined.


Meanwhile, bring 6 cups of water to a boil in a large dutch oven. Add spaghetti and salt to boiling water and cook until al dente.


While pasta is boiling, set a colander in a large bowl. Drain al dente pasta into colander in bowl, while reserving pasta water in bowl.

Measure out 1 cup hot pasta water and discard remaining water. Place pasta in now empty large bowl.


Slowly pour and whisk 1/2 cup pasta water into egg mixture, then slowly pour mixture over pasta while tossing to coat.

Add bacon and toss to combine.


Let pasta rest 2 – 4 minutes until sauce has thickened slightly and coats pasta. Thin with remaining 1/2 cup hot pasta water as needed (I found I didn’t need to thin my sauce at all).

Serve immediately topped with additional parmesan and parsley.




xoxo Sally

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