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Pasta Carbonara Instant Pot Spaghetti Recipe

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8 ingredients is all you need to make a pasta carbonara in your Instant Pot. This is a similar pasta carbonara from the Cheesecake Factory.

Rich creamy pasta that is loaded with flavor. Learn how to make carbonara sauce that will transform your pasta.

Instant Pot carbonara in white bowl with a fork full of pasta lifted above the bowl

Thi is a bacon pasta recipe I always keep on hand. I whip this up and pair with a crispy green salad, breadsticks or even garlic bread or French bread.

Why You Will Love This Pasta Carbonara Recipe...

  • Simple ingredients you have in the pantry
  • Can make with bacon or skip the bacon for a meatless dish
  • Quick cook time for a throw-together dish
  • Creamy texture
  • Easy
  • Great beginner's Instant Pot Recipe
ingredients for carbonara spaghetti


  • Spaghetti Noodles
  • Butter
  • Oil
  • Egg
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Garlic
  • Bacon
  • Pepper

How to Make

Break up the spaghetti noodles and place them in the Instant Pot. You want to fan them out a bit, so they don't clump together.

Submerge pasta in water, and pressure cook on high pressure as directed in the recipe card. Do a quick release of pressure.

Drain the pasta and reserve 1/2 cup of the pasta water. Remove the noodles and set aside.

Then in the Instant Pot you will add in your oil, and toss in bacon to cook. Add in garlic and butter.

Once melted and fragrant, turn off the heat and add the pasta back in.

Slowly stir in the egg and parmesan whisking continuously. Add in the noodle water, stir well and then serve.

carbonara in white bowls

Storage Of Leftovers

If you have any leftovers on hand, just store the pasta in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Store the pasta for around 3 days. This and our baked spaghetti and American goulash are a few household favorites for leftover pasta.

Eat the leftovers cold or warm them up in the microwave or the stove. If the pasta is too thick, add in a little water to thin it up a bit.

Expert Tips

  • Make sure all the pasta is covered in water, or it will be dry and not tender.
  • Quick release the pasta, otherwise it will make the pasta soggy.
  • Stir continuously once you add in the egg, or it will turn to a scrambled egg.
  • Skip the bacon and add ham or Panchetta in replace. Or do a meatless carbonara if you want.

Recipe FAQs

Why did my pasta stick together?

Cooking pasta in the Instant Pot can take some strategy. You need to fan out the pasta in different directions. This will help the pasta not stick together as it cooks.

Do you quick release pasta in the Instant Pot?

You will want to quick release the pasta, otherwise, it will overcook and become mushy. Just cook as directed and when the timer goes off, release the pressure.

Is the egg cooked in carbonara sauce?

Even though the egg is whisked in when the heat is turned off, all the ingredients are still super hot. This helps the egg cook a bit as you are mixing it up.

The key is to non-stop mix to prevent the egg turning into scrambled eggs.

More Pasta Recipes to Try

Yield: 6 servings

Instant Pot Carbonara

pasta carbonara in white bowl

Instant Pot Carbonara is a simple and classic pasta recipe flavored with bacon, garlic, and Parmesan, and egg sauce. Learn how to make a great pasta carbonara recipe, here we detail its preparation step by step. Change your routine with this delicious pasta.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


    1. Break spaghetti noodles in half and place in instant pot layered and crossed. Add water until noodles completely submerged. Close lid, seal pressure valve and pressure cook on high for 7 minutes. When finished, manually release the pressure.
    2. Drain the noodles saving 1/2 cup of noodle water. Set noodles aside.
    3. Set instant pot to sauté and add oil. When oil is hot, sauté the bacon until crispy.
    4. Add garlic and butter and sauté until butter is melted.
    5. Cancel the instant pot from sauté mode and add pasta stirring it in.
    6. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg and Parmesan. Slowly stir egg and cheese mixture in so that the egg does not scramble. Add the noodle water and stir well.
    7. Garnish with pepper and serve.


Variations for creating a unique Instant Pot Carbonara:

  • For more flavor add chopped onions and mushrooms among the garlic and butter, and sauté until is melted.
  • If you want a creamy sauce, instead of the noodle water, add 300ml of Milk Cream
  • A little trick to create a very original and spectacular recipe is trying to make vegetable noodles using this Spiralizer. I personally recommend the Znoodles (or Zucchini noodles), perfect for a Gluten-free or Keto Diet. You can find this machine down at the Recommended Products!


  • Can my dog have Pasta Carbonara? Well, some of these ingredients separately won't do any harm to your dogs, such as the bacon, some pasta, or eggs and if it's not dairy intolerant, you can give him a little cheese too. But be careful about species like garlic and pepper, this in big quantities can prejudice your dog's digestive system and more.
  • Can my dog have Pasta Carbonara? Ok, your cat will love to have some bacon and might like to have some pasta with egg, and if it's not dairy intolerant, then is fine if it has some parmesan cheese. But please, be careful with the amount of garlic, pepper, or other species, because they can be harmful to your cat.

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