Two-step carbonara

Two-step carbonara

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Prep: 2 mins Cook: 12 mins


Serves 4
The classic quick, creamy sauce - but made without cream

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal575
  • fat24g
  • saturates9g
  • carbs65g
  • sugars3g
  • fibre0g
  • protein28g
  • salt2.11g
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  • 350g spaghetti or linguine
  • 140g pack diced pancetta, or smoked streaky bacon



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

  • 2 tsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

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

  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 egg, plus 4 yolks



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

  • 50g Parmesan, grated



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


  1. Boil the pasta. Meanwhile, fry pancetta in oil in a frying pan for a few mins until golden and crisp. Add garlic, fry for 1 min, then turn off the heat. Briefly whisk egg and yolks with most of the Parmesan and some seasoning.

  2. Drain pasta, reserving a little of the cooking water. Add eggs and a tbsp of cooking water, then mix until pasta is coated and creamy. The heat from the pasta will gently cook the sauce. Stir in the pancetta and garlic then serve, topped with the remaining Parmesan.

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Comments (26)

momotate's picture

Oops, forgot to give it stars. :}

momotate's picture

First time I've ever made a carbonara and it was lovely. Will definately be making this one again as it's all stuff I have on hand.

fresh_food's picture

I love this dish, but we don't often have cream in the fridge that can be used for it, so this recipe is much better I think

turkeyfarm's picture

Quick, easy, store cupboard meal. My tip is don't use quick cook spagetti, linguini is better. My crowd love it and so do I!

eleanormayo's picture

Really easy and great to have a carbonara recipe without cream.

re7urn's picture

Canonic Carbonara (as I was told ;) is done with exactly these ingredients with no cream in the first place. In some places they don't use garlic. As a tip, I would recommend adding the pancetta to the pasta before the egg & parmigiano, otherwise the linguine may get too sticky.


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