Pasta carbonara is good and custary, you would think you might be eating dessert. If your pan is hot enough, they eggs will temper (aka cook) in the sauce as you are maiking it.
Around for a zillion years, this is a simple dish that people have eaten most noticeably during and after World War II when food was hard to come by. Legend has it that powered eggs spared by solder's passing through was the basis for the eggs. They also used pig jowls for the meat of the dish. It was made in coal fired stoves or what be might called barbecue pits today. Though, we will make it on a regular stove. Rumor has it that they used penne (edges make you think of a quilled pen) shaped noodles as it was easier to toss than the long stringed pasta.
Notes: Lidia of Lidia's Italy like lots of onions in their version pasta carbonara and they only use the yolk of the eggs. She also talks about in her version of the history of pasta carbonara, that coal miner's wives who had coal dust in their hair as they cooked coal ust would fall in the dish as they were making it and that is where the name came from. Everyone has their own story.
Heard yet another story of where the lady who brought the coal around would fix this dish with lots of ground pepper so that it seemed like there was coal dust in the dish. Black pepper and cheese go good together.