Pesto Spaghetti Carbonara

This Pesto Spaghetti Carbonara packs a flavorful punch with just 6 simple ingredients! Bonus- it’s ready in just 20 minutes!

This creamy Pesto Spaghetti Carbonara is just 6 ingredients and ready in 20 minutes! A definite family favorite!

You’re not going to believe how quick this delicious dinner comes together! If you’ve never heard of carbonara, let me tell you all about it!

Pesto Spaghetti Carbonara:

  • The creamy base for this pasta dish is made using eggs, parmesan cheese and basil pesto
  • Cook the spaghetti until tender. Drain and pour directly into the egg mixture.
  • The eggs are cooked with the residual heat of the spaghetti noodles, creating a creamy delicious sauce that coats each noodle.

Pesto Spaghetti Carbonara

Pesto is a powerful secret ingredient in this quick and flavorful dish. It’s packed with basil, garlic, pine nuts and olive oil. I always have a jar of pesto sauce in my fridge ready to add to things like pizza, lasagna or pasta!

I have a simple recipe for homemade pesto if you have a bunch of fresh basil that you need to use up, but the pre made jar stuff will work perfectly for this dish too!

Toss the tender spaghetti in with the bacon and peas for an easy weeknight dinner!

While the pasta is cooking you’ll want to render about 4 slices of thick cut bacon. Once the bacon has browned toss in some frozen peas and cook until heated through. Toss in the coated pasta.

Swirl it around in the bacon grease with the peas and crispy bacon bits. It’s heavenly.

Top it with a little more parmesan, freshly cracked black pepper and serve it immediately.

This creamy Pesto Spaghetti Carbonara is just 6 ingredients and ready in 20 minutes! A definite family favorite!

You’re going to fall head over heels in love with this super easy pasta dish!

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This creamy Pesto Spaghetti Carbonara is just 6 ingredients and ready in 20 minutes! A definite family favorite!
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Pesto Spaghetti Carbonara

Pesto Spaghetti Carbonara is just 6 ingredients and an easy 20 minutes for a delicious meal.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 6
Calories: 394 kcal
Author: Shawn


  • 10 oz spaghetti noodles
  • 4 strips thick cut bacon, diced
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese, shredded, DIVIDED
  • 2 tbsp basil pesto
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • black pepper to taste


  • Cook noodles in salted water according to package instructions. While pasta is cooking place the eggs, 3/4 cup of parmesan, and pesto in a large bowl and whisk until combined. Drain the pasta and reserve 1/2 cup of the liquid. Add the hot pasta to the bowl with the eggs and use tongs to stir and coat the pasta.
  • Meanwhile render bacon in a skillet until browned. Add 1/2 cup of frozen peas (careful, they might splatter in the bacon grease), and cook until heated through (about 2 to 3 minutes).
  • Carefully pour the hot pasta into the skillet with the bacon and stir to coat. Add as much of the cooking liquid as needed to reach desired consistency. Serve immediately, topped with additional parmesan cheese and season with freshly cracked black pepper to taste. Enjoy!


Calories: 394kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 90mg | Sodium: 500mg | Potassium: 221mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 422IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 228mg | Iron: 1mg
Keywords: carbonara, delicious, Easy, pesto, Quick, spaghetti
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Originally published 5/2/2014. Updated photos 4/12/2018


This creamy Pesto Spaghetti Carbonara is just 6 ingredients and ready in 20 minutes! A definite family favorite!

About the author

Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes. Mom to 5 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
28 Responses
  1. Audra

    Just reading through right now and I have a question before I mess it up. Do I drain the bacon? I’m wondering what I coat the spaghetti in when I add it to the skillet.

    1. If you have a crazy amount of fat from the bacon you can drain a little off, but I keep the bacon grease mostly in there to help coat the pasta. Gives it a great flavor!

  2. Bill

    5 stars
    Made this with a few minor differences. I made half the amount, which worked out fine. I added a bit of leftover sautéed mushrooms and onions that were in the fridge and I added a bit of the pasta water before the pasta to deglaze the pan. As good as any carbonara I’ve had!

    1. Shawn

      I don’t have that option on my blog yet, but you can always share it on IG and tag me (@iwashyoudry)! So glad you enjoyed it!

  3. Penny douglas

    This is the second time I’ve followed this recipe. However following the directions it’s a little dry so the second time I saved more pasta water and it came out better but not like your video. What could be the problem? My eggs were regular size eggs. Should I have used three? Regardless it is really good and tastes so great May the third time be the charm.

    1. Shawn

      You are doing great, Penny! The extra liquid would definitely help with the dryness. You could also try adding an extra tablespoon or so of the pesto. The sooner you serve, the better the texture will be. Keep me posted on how it comes out!

    1. Jo Dee

      The heat from the pasta and tossing it in the pan with the bacon/pea mixture cooks the eggs. Made it several times with no issues.

  4. Rebecca

    I just tried this! it was sooooo yummy, instead of using peas, i put portabella mushrooms. It was soo good and easy,

  5. JoeyfromSC

    Sorry to hear about your grandfather! I just found your blog & I LOVE it! This recipe has intrigued me ever since I saw Rachael Ray say it was her hubby’s favorite lol..It looks SO good & easy! My little brother loves bacon, but wouldn’t be able to eat it b/c he is allergic to eggs that aren’t cooked thoroughly & he’s allergic to sweet peas lol..but I could leave the peas out & maybe just keep the finished product on the heat a little longer so the egg won’t be undercooked if that makes sense lol-His allergies are odd! I cook for him and another brother alot & I’m always wanting to try new recipes..thanks for the post & I look forward to visiting your blog more often!


  6. Carol at Wild Goose Tea

    I am sorry about your Grandpa. I bet your husband appreciates you even MORE.
    You are right this is mighty tasty dish. I realize as I am typing this that I haven’t had it in years. What is MY problem. Thanx for the push.

  7. Amy @ The Blond Cook

    LOVE this recipe! I’m a pesto & pasta freak. Sorry about your grandfather. I know your hubby is glad you’re home!

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Hi, I’m Shawn and I’m a busy mom of five; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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