Learn to make spaghetti carbonara

Learn to make spaghetti carbonara

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(28 ratings)

Cook: 20 mins


Serves 4
Master this hearty pasta dish and you’ll never be stuck for a quick supper

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal734
  • fat36g
  • saturates15g
  • carbs75g
  • sugars4g
  • fibre3g
  • protein33g
  • salt2.95g
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  • 400g spaghetti
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

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    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 200g smoked pancetta cubes or streaky bacon, chopped



    Pancetta is Italian cured pork belly - the equivalent of streaky bacon. It has a deep, strong,…

  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed



    Part of the lily, or alium, family, of which onions are also a member, garlic is one of the most…

  • 3 egg



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…

  • 75ml double cream
  • 50g Grana padano or Parmesan, finely grated, plus extra to serve



    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…


  1. Cook the spaghetti. Bring a large, deep pan of salted water to the boil. Plunge spaghetti into the water, stir well and cook, following pack instructions. Aim for 'al dente': cooked, but retaining some bite in the middle. Take a few strands out of the water with a spaghetti spoon or tongs 1-2 mins before the end of the cooking time and bite into it. Repeat until you think it is properly cooked.

  2. Fry the pancetta. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a frying pan. When hot, tip in the pancetta or streaky bacon. Fry over a medium heat until the fat in the meat has melted down into the pan and the meat has turned lightly golden. Be careful not to crisp the pancetta too much; it will be cooked a little bit more later on in the recipe. Remove from the heat and set aside.

  3. Prepare the sauce. Crack 2 of the eggs into a mixing bowl. Separate the yolk from the third egg: gently crack the side of the shell and, using both hands, slowly open it into two halves over a separate bowl - you want to keep the yolk in one of the halves. Tip the yolk from one shell half to the other and repeat until all the egg white has fallen into the bowl below, taking care not to crack the yolk on any rough shell edges. Tip the yolk in with the other eggs and beat together, along with the cream, the cheese and some seasoning.

  4. Combine the dish. Add garlic to the pancetta and return frying pan to hob. Fry over high heat for 1 min or until garlic is cooked and pancetta warmed through. Meanwhile, drain spaghetti. Tip back into the hot saucepan off the heat. Pour egg mixture over pasta, followed by hot pancetta, garlic, any fat and oils. Toss quickly and thoroughly with spaghetti spoon or tongs. Mix until it has thickened to a smooth, creamy sauce. Serve with extra cheese and freshly ground pepper.

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Comments (40)

klloyd9825's picture

Easy, inexpensive and has been asked for again! Was yummy!

simplyremy's picture

Actually dougie, it says at the top it serves 4.

Delicious recipe!

canuck's picture

visuals a waste of space. does not say how many portions your making. Overall receipe fine and straight forward

jlhopgood's picture

Easy to make and full of flavour - a hit!

kcaj01's picture

I added chicken mushrooms peppers to the bacon when frying and it really went well with the dish. Tried it out on my sister last week and using it for a date 2moro night it was that tastey.

Jack (o;

kcaj01's picture

I added chicken mushrooms peppers to the bacon when frying and it really went well with the dish. Tried it out on my sister last week and using it for a date 2moro night it was that tastey.

Jack (o;

pinkystan's picture

michaels1962 could you maybe share a traditional recipe then? Save all us heathens from doing it wrong (but still enjoying it?)

mrmjs1962's picture

traditional carbonara does NOT contain cream

lianacook's picture

sauce a bit dry & i scrambeld the eggs by mistake - needs practising... simple & good for kids

magstock's picture

Definitively child friendly too!

catherinefrank's picture

Great - got thumbs up from the kids too.

lisagraham's picture

This is a great recipee so quick and easy to follow and very very tasty. Love it

claremorris86's picture

In the ingredients it says 3 eggs but the method says 4!! Other than that it's great! Use double cream...much better!

grissom88's picture

I tried this out yesterday and it was absolutely delicious..will definitely do it again sometime soon

george20's picture

Takes a few times to perfect.

I only used 200g of Spaghetti because I thought it was a little dry!

Be careful not to scramble the eggs if you reheat the dish in a pan!

I added some black pepper and a "splosh" of Lea & Perrins for an extra kick.

tillibud's picture

I made this last night with creme freche and not cream because I have reflux and can't eat cream. It was delicious and I suffered not after effects either. The kids loved it as well, a hugh success

rosieshearman's picture

This is a really good one, I added a small glass of white wine to the cream and it was delicious, even the kids wanted more!

casinogal's picture

I loved this carbonara, i added 3 shallots to the bacon with the garlic and used a healthy option double cream and it was delicious but i still don't want to think of all those calories...lol. But i will definitely make this again.

lanny01's picture

i love spaghetti carbonara, this was lush!


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