Recipe: How to Make Carnival’s Signature Spaghetti Carbonara

How do I make Carnival’s Spaghetti Carbonara? It’s a favorite, classic dish on Carnival’s American Table dinner menu and in the Italian restaurant Cucina del Capitano.

And now, you can make it yourself, right in your own kitchen, thanks to this recipe provided by one of Carnival’s executive chefs.

How to Make Spaghetti Carbonara


  • Spaghetti 2 lb
  • Bacon 2 lb
  • Onion 5 ea
  • Cream 1.5 Lts
  • Fresh eggs 2 ea
  • Grated Parmesan cheese 1 lb
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • Whipped butter 4 oz
  • For Garnish:
    • Fried oregano
    • Parmesan shaves


  • Cut bacon into dices and few for nice strips for garnish & onion into small dices
  • Heat pan adds pancetta & renders the fat, once it is crispy remove it from the pan & place it aside
  • Sauté onion in the same fat without coloring
  • Make a liaison with egg & cream season with salt & pepper
  • Cook spaghetti al dente
  • Toss spaghetti as needed in the liaison, add bacon – give a toss, the sauce should be very light
  • Garnish with fried oregano, Parmesan shaves & bacon strips

First timer tips:

  • This recipe makes a lot! Plan on about five servings
  • Save a couple of pieces of bacon for the garnishing (something I forgot to do)
  • Make sure to sauté the onions in the bacon grease, it makes a big difference

How to Make Carnival Cruise Line’s Spaghetti Carbonara

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