[ kahr-buh-nahr-uh; Italian kahr-baw-nah-rah ]
/ ˌkɑr bəˈnɑr ə; Italian ˌkɑr bɔˈnɑ rɑ /

noun Italian Cookery.

a sauce or dressing for spaghetti, usually containing minced prosciutto or pancetta, egg yolks, and grated cheese.


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Origin of carbonara

1960–65; < dialectal Italian (alla) carbonara literally, in the manner of the charcoal pit (compare Late Latin carbonaria brazier; see Carbonari); perhaps in reference to the use of leftover grilled meat in the sauce Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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