Ultimate carbonara
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Ultimate carbonara

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Serves 2

Always wondered how they make real spaghetti alla carbonara in Italy? Here you are...

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  • 150g spaghetti
  • 2 eggyolks
  • 50g guanciale (or bacon, not the smoked one)
  • 2tbsp grated pecorino cheese
  • 1tbsp grated parmesan cheese
  • freshly grounded black pepper


    1. Put to boil a large pan filled with water, add 1tsp coarse salt. When the water is boiling, add the pasta, look at the clock and see on the box how long the pasta should cook.
    2. Cut the guanciale or the bacon in thin stripes or chop it finely. Heat a non-stick pan, add the guanciale (if you're using bacon ad some drops of olive oil), and let cook untill crispy. Let the stripes drain on a few layers of paper and set aside.
    3. In a large bowl, beat the eggyolks with a splash of warm water (just take it from the pan where the pasta is boiling) and the cheese untill you get a very creamy sauce (not too thick and non too liquid).
    4. Drain the pasta one minute before you should (keep some of the cooking water, you never know), and poor it into the bowl with the eggyolk cream. Mix well, the pasta should be veiled with the creamy sauce (add some cooking water if the sauce feels too dense). At the end add the crispy bacon, keeping some apart to top the dishes, mix again.
    5. Serve, topping with estra crispy pancetta and a generous amount of grounded pepper.

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Comments (24)

jadeycook88's picture

I made this recipe as a last minute supper for myself and my 8 year old and I was totally amazed at how quick and simple it was! Truly a yummy, quick comfort meal! Delicious!

ponsrhy's picture

Really enjoyed this. I used pancetta and it was delicious.

reddeb1's picture

This was a last minute "What do I have in the fridge?" kind of meal. Turned out great - added some garlic when cooking the bacon for extra flavour. A resounding success!

janedalrymplehotmail's picture

This recipe will have a few restaurants trying it as it is very tasty.
and filling.

gem090383's picture

Didnt think this was the ultimate Carbonara, nice but i think it needed a bit more flavour. Next time i would use some cream.

brocky's picture

Very nice ,made it last night . i left out the bacon and used chorizo cut into very small pieces. Next time will add more water to loosen it.

melanieharvey's picture

Agree with comment about adapting the Carbonara concept - just find another recipe! This version sounds good and will try this way next time I cook Carbonara.
Also, surely there are numerous authentic Italian ways for doing Carbonara - all the regions in Italy seem to have their own way of doing everything, not just recipes, so those on high horses - time to put them out to graze.

lizmacau88's picture

Sounds lovely!

For those veggies and allergics -- I cannot for one minute understand why you would want to "adapt" a carbonara -- carbonara is pasta with eggs and bacon. Simple as that. If you want veggie pasta dishes there must be thousands of variations out there.

ninahunter's picture

very good indeed, and for george stocks, when you speak italian as well as sigrid speaks english ,,,,after all it is not her first language,,nor is it mine

sherlocksmate's picture

nice nosh, tanks
4 those who are that interested in splelin surgest you find an english blog.

tighmara's picture

This is one of my favourite dishes, I used to add cream but now know this is a 'No - No' for a truly authentic dish. My son is vegetarian so I substitute the bacon with mushrooms, dried are best for a fuller flavour. If you are on a diet or allergic to eggs try creme freche instead. The dish is great topped with fresh basil too.

ellenbounds's picture

my daughters love pasta dishes so i think i will try this for them at the weekend

a3tack's picture

Can you make it without eggs? My husband is allergic.

peikko's picture

This recipe is almost the same as the one my mother learned from a chef at a hotel in Rome back in the late 60's and has been cooking for the family since. It still is my favorite spaghetti dish to make for two, be it that I only use parmesan cheese and a single (cold) egg. I was planning to do my recipe tomorrow, but will do it according to yours :-)

kathiek's picture

Would love to try but i'm a vegaterian, so might
add veggi bacon instead.Will try to-night.....

georgestocks's picture

This recipe looks good - I might try it tonight.

BTW there are a few spelling mistakes in there.

shelley1980's picture

sounds great must give this a try

re7urn's picture

absolutely no cream!
though not the orthodox way ;), a couple of mashed garlic cloves cooked with the gunciale are also a must in a few parts of Italy.


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