Two-step carbonara

Two-step carbonara

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(22 ratings)

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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26th Oct, 2011
I made mine with Spagetti but I think Linguine would have been better. I also added a small onion and agree that this was a good addition. I think I would add more liquid next time too as it was a bit dry and stodgy otherwise a nice dish.
6th Jul, 2011
my daughter needed egg whites, so I found this quick recipe to use some yokes......FANTASTIC, the whole family loved it and it's so easy. It does need a side salad or similar. Thank You
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13th Mar, 2011
Absolute genious!!!! i've never really liked carbonara before just because whenever i have had it people have either made it with a white sauce (which i can't stand) or made it too creamy. This is perfect you really dont need cream. If i'm just making it for myself i use 1 egg and 1 egg yolks and i go by that for each person if i am cooking for more. I too add some onion and mushrooms to bulk it out. Be careful not to add too much of the pasta water as it can make the sauce dissapear into a water texture at the bottom of the bowl.
3rd Feb, 2011
Great recipe, made it with basic store cupboard ingredients when I hadn't planned supper in advance one night. I added some frozen peas to the last few minutes of the pasta boiling, which I think give it a little extra something. I have added this recipe to my binder and am sure it is going to become a regular favourite of mine!
4th Oct, 2010
was quick and tasty..and was informed by my italian friend that this is how it should be done!
2nd Jul, 2010
Actaully i had never tried carbonara before (despite it being my husbands favourite pasta dish)... so this was a first cooking and tasting for me. Thought this recipe was really easy and very quick - great for afterwork and guilt free with half the calories and sat fat than other cream based recipes. I dont think i added enough water to the mix BUT still was delicious. I also fried half an onion along with the bacon for a bit of bulk which worked well. smiles all round :)
1st Jul, 2010
really great and quick dish... added mushrooms to it and it was perfect. used tagliatelle and it worked really well.
15th Aug, 2009
brilliant - made it at least 5 times - so simple tests just like it did in Rome and much better than our local italian restaurant
23rd May, 2009
Easy, very tasty and very authentic. That it's healthier than my usual recipe is an added bonus!!!
13th May, 2009
Great quick meal that requires no forward planning. I slowly fired some onion to release that sweat oniony flavour and added that too which worked a treat!


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