carbonara

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

noun Italian Cooking.

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
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