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Spaghetti Carbonara

Introduction & method

Spaghetti Carbonara must be one of the easiest and quickest Italian pasta dishes to make. With only a handful of ingredients, you can have a delicious and filling dish on the table in only 15 minutes! 

Spaghetti Carbonara Recipe

Cook the spaghetti

Bring a large pan of salted water to a rolling boil. Add the spaghetti and cover and cook for the manufacturers recommended time, usually 9-10 minutes. Fresh pasta only takes 4-5 minutes.

Start the sauce

If using guanciale (cured pork jowl) or pancetta, you want to get it in one big chunk and cut it into small cubes, about 1 cm (just under half an inch). Lardons are already about the right size. Heat olive oil in a big frying pan and fry the meat. It should be a bit crispy on the edges and this will take about 5 minutes. Remove from the pan with a perforated spoon and set aside.

Whisk together the eggs with a little salt and ground black pepper. Grate the cheese.

Finish the carbonara

Drain the pasta and add to the pan with the meat - you should still have the oil that the meat was cooked in. Stir to get it all coated, then add the egg. Stir this to cover the pasta – you do not want the eggs to scramble. Add about 80% of the cheese. Stir until the cheese is melted and serve in a big bowl. Garnish with the remaining cheese and some cracked black pepper.


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Ingredients & Info

 200 grams spaghetti
 2 eggs
 100 grams cheese: pecorino, parmesan or grana padano
 100 grams cured pork: guanciale, pancetta or bacon lardons
 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil


Water to boil pasta. Salt and pepper to season.

US Customary/Imperial

Serves 2 people
Prep time: 5 minutes.
Cooking time: 10 minutes.
Total time: 15 minutes.