Easy 4 Ingredient Fettuccine Carbonara

Once you've made this easy fettuccine carbonara with only 4 ingredients, you'll never go back! No cream... just eggs, bacon/pancetta, pasta and parmesan cheese.
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Pasta
Keyword: Easy Egg and Bacon Carbonara
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 653kcal


  • Stove-top


  • 350 fettuccine
  • 4 eggs
  • 150 g bacon or pancetta, chopped
  • 100 g parmesan cheese freshly grated
  • sea salt and cracked pepper to serve


  • Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil. Add 1-2 tsp salt.
  • Cook the chopped bacon or pancetta in a frying pan over medium heat until crispy. Set aside.
  • Cook the fettuccine pasta in the pot of boiling water according to the packet instructions, until al dente.
  • Meanwhile, beat the eggs in a medium sized bowl. Add the parmesan cheese and mix well.
  • When the pasta is cooked, use tongs to remove it from the pot of boiling water and straight into the frying pan with the pancetta (don't throw away the water!).
  • Put the frying pan over a medium heat and add 1/4 cup of the reserved pasta water.
  • Shake the pan for 10 seconds or until most of the water has evaporated.
  • Remove the pan from the heat and pour in the egg/cheese mixture.
  • Working quickly, stir the pasta until it has a smooth coating from the sauce.
  • Add in a little more of the pasta water if the egg mixture is too thick.
  • Season with sea salt (if needed) and cracked pepper and serve immediately.


Calories: 653kcal | Carbohydrates: 64g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 279mg | Sodium: 730mg | Potassium: 371mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 500IU | Calcium: 351mg | Iron: 2.8mg