Definition of carbonara in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌkɑːbəˈnɑːrə/


Denoting a pasta sauce made with bacon or ham, egg, and cream: [postpositive]: spaghetti carbonara
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  • Her favorite foods were pasta with carbonara sauce and Captain Crunch cereal.
  • By the time your pasta is cooked the carbonara sauce will be reduced so it coats the back of a wooden spoon.
  • To make a perfect carbonara sauce, you are not cooking eggs over heat, never, or they will curdle up; the heat from freshly cooked pasta should cook the eggs.


Italian, literally 'charcoal kiln', perhaps influenced by carbonata, a dish of charcoal-grilled salt pork.

Words that rhyme with carbonara

Asmara, Bukhara, Carrara, cascara, Connemara, Damara, Ferrara, Gemara, Guadalajara, Guevara, Honiara, Lara, marinara, mascara, Nara, Sahara, Samara, samsara, samskara, shikara, Tamara, tiara, Varah, Zara

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