[kahr-buh-nahr-uh; Italian kahr-baw-nah-rah]
noun Italian Cookery.
a sauce or dressing for spaghetti, usually containing minced prosciutto or pancetta, egg yolks, and grated cheese.

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 Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Example sentences
Dishes include ricotta gnocchi with sausage and fennel, spaghetti carbonara and fluke with spinach and shallots.
For lunch he would have spaghetti carbonara and coffee ice cream.
My first idea was to mix the rye with pepper, since the flavors reminded me of spaghetti carbonara.
The casual eatery also features several house-specialty pies such as taco, meat lovers and chicken carbonara.
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