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.
Also see: http://www.instructables.com/id/Our-food-instructables/
Step 1: What's needed:
1 tablespoon cooking oil.
4 ounces (1/2 cup) turkey bacon, diced. (4 to 5 strips).
1/2 pound (1 cup) spaghetti or pasta. (if using dried spaghetti and the package is one pound, use half a package).
1 1/2 cups of the water from the cooked pasta.
3 large eggs at room temperature and lightly beaten.
3/4 cup grated home made cheese.
Good grinding coarse black pepper.
Salt to taste.
Step 3: Bacon prep.
Put oil in the pan and fry the bacon till semi crisp.
Turn off and remove from the heat while you prepare the eggs.