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Pasta Carbonara Recipe For One

A rich and indulgent single serving pasta carbonara recipe that's made with just a few ingredients! Ready in minutes, this simple pasta dish is loaded with bacon and Parmesan cheese.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: bacon, eggs, pasta
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 406kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk


  • 10-inch skillet


  • 2 ounces dry spaghetti
  • 1 piece thick bacon (or use 2 thin slices of bacon)
  • 1 clove garlic , sliced
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley (optional for garnish)


  • Bring a medium-sized pot of water to a boil, add the spaghetti and cook for 8-10 minutes or until tender yet firm. Drain the pasta, reserving 1/2 cup of the pasta water to use in the sauce, if necessary.
  • Meanwhile, cook the bacon in a medium-sized skillet over medium heat. Remove bacon and drain on a paper towel lined plate. Add the garlic to the pan and cook for 30 seconds. Add the pasta to the pan and toss for 30 seconds. Remove pan from heat.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the egg, Parmesan, salt, and pepper.
  • Add egg/cheese mixture into the pasta, whisking quickly until the eggs thicken, but do not scramble. Thin out the sauce with a bit of the reserved pasta water, until it reaches desired consistency.
    (Note: if the heat from the pan and from the cooked pasta does not quite set the eggs, you can heat the pan again over a low heat and toss the pasta until cooked. You must constantly toss or stir the pasta so that the eggs don’t scramble.)
  • Crumble the cooked bacon and add it to the pasta. Toss to distribute. Taste and add additional salt, if necessary. Transfer pasta to a bowl and top with additional Parmesan. Enjoy hot.


Serving: 1bowl | Calories: 406kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 191mg | Sodium: 370mg | Potassium: 126mg | Sugar: 2g