Spaghetti Carbonara (My Family's Recipe)

Shannon Benvenuti


This is my family's recipe. It is not the "authentic Roman" carbonara with the egg mixture.

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4-6 people
25 Min
25 Min
Stove Top


1 stick
1 c
heavy cream
1 c
white wine
2 Tbsp
minced garlic
1 large
2 c
sliced mushrooms
1 lb
1 lb
cut ham
1 c
grated romano cheese
1 lb
fettuccine pasta

How to Make Spaghetti Carbonara (My Family's Recipe)


  • 1Start cooking the fettuccine according to package directions.

    Take bacon and fry it to fairly crisp (I, personally, cut it to pieces and then fry it).
  • 2Dice ham (I buy the already diced ham at the grocery for convenience) and toss it with the bacon. Get brown. Drain grease and set aside.
  • 3Over medium heat, take HALF stick of butter and add garlic. Cook approximately 2 minutes and then add in the onions until translucent. Add the other half stick of butter and then add the sliced mushrooms. Cooked for another 5-10 minutes until the mushrooms are cooked through.
  • 4Take the bacon and ham and add it to the garlic, onions, and mushrooms. Add the cup of wine. Heat for 2-3 minutes to let the alcohol burn off. Then add the cup of heavy cream.
  • 5When fettuccine is done, add the Romano cheese to the sauce mixture and stir constantly until well combined and you have a nice thick sauce.
  • 6Toss in the fettuccine or you can serve the fettuccine on individual plates and top with sauce. I personally toss it all together.

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About Spaghetti Carbonara (My Family's Recipe)

Course/Dish: Pasta
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: Italian
Other Tag: Heirloom