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Pasta with a creme fraiche carbonara sauce

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Prep: 10 minutes Cook: 10 minutes

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More effort


Serves 4

This dish gives the classic flavours of a creamy carbonara without the heaviness of cream!

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  • 400 grams dried pasta (Tagliatelle is what I normally use, but all pasta shapes work well)
  • Red onion
  • 100-150 grams diced pancetta
  • 200 grams baby button mushrooms
  • Garlic


  • 300ml pot of half-fat creme fraiche
  • Large egg yolk
  • Parmesan
  • Black pepper


  1. Boil and salt some water in a large saucepan, and add your dried pasta. This will take around 8 minutes to cook. If you are using fresh pasta, you may want to start cooking your pasta at a later stage, as it will only take 3-4 minutes.

  2. Heat a large frying pan to medium heat and add the pancetta. Fry until golden (2-4 minutes), then set aside and keep warm.

  3. Finely slice the button mushrooms and red onion. In the same pan as you fried the pancetta, fry the onions on a low heat for 3 minutes, then add the mushrooms. There should be enough fat left in the pan from the pancetta, that you shouldn't need to add any oil at this point. Fry until softened.

  4. In the meantime, mix together the creme fraiche and the egg yolk. Add a large twist of black pepper to season, and as much parmesan as you like. You shouldn't season with salt, as the pancetta and parmesan will give you a salty, savoury flavour.

  5. Drain your pasta, but leave a small amount of the water in the pan; 50 mls at the most. Put the pasta back in the saucepan, turn the heat to low and mix in the creme-fraiche sauce, mushrooms, onions and pancetta.

  6. Serve immediately with extra parmesan for grated on top.

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27th Jul, 2018
Fantastic easy recipe! Perfect midweek meal
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Phyllis Ellett
23rd Feb, 2018
Great idea. Used the base of the recipe to tweak my own. Instead of pancetta I used back bacon, fried and cut up into small squares. Only had 150ml of creme fraiche (after last nights Cod Rarebit) so added an extra egg yolk. No Parmesan so grated cheddar cheese. Also par boiled some sweetcorn and added too. Was blooming lovely and a great mid-week dish with food/fridge items. For two people its as a lovely dish.
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Jess Powell
7th Feb, 2018
Absolutely gorgeous dish! Slightly healthier than usual as it's made with half fat creme fraiche too. Add the garlic in the pan with the onions and mushrooms. Or add a bit of garlic puree if you realised last minute it was missing! Possibly too much pasta for us mind... 70g each usually suffices. I recommend 10g of parmesan per person for the sauce and sprinkle more on top when done. Yummy! Fab recipe.
21st Aug, 2017
At what point does one add the garlic I wonder?
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