Jun 26, 2009
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Spaghetti a la Carbonara

By: Carina Guevara

Spaghetti a la Carbonara

This is the original recipe for carbonara, which doesn’t make use of cream. Expect it to be very heavy in sauce—enough to coat the noodles.

Prep Time 10 minutes  
Cooking Time 20 minutes


1 tablespoon salt
1 whole egg
1 egg yolk
1/2 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano
      cheese, plus extra for garnish
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 cup diced pancetta or bacon
500 grams spaghetti

For garnish
freshly cracked black pepper
Pecorino Romano cheese


1  Bring a pot of water to a boil. When boiling, add salt.

2  In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together egg, egg yolk, Parmesan, and pepper for 3 to 4 minutes or until thick and creamy.

3  In a medium sauté pan, render the pancetta or bacon until crispy. Remove pancetta from pan and place on a paper towel to remove excess fat.

4  Add pasta to the boiling water and cook until al dente. Strain the pasta but do not rinse. Add the hot pasta to the bowl with the egg mixture.

Fold the egg mixture and pasta together for 30 seconds.

6  Fold pancetta into the pasta. Garnish with grated cheese and extra black pepper. Serve at once.

Egg-mixing tip: 
The pasta should be very hot when added to the egg mixture, so that the heat from the pasta will cook the eggs.

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  • buison Jul 13 2013 @ 09:29pm Report Abuse
    wla puh ba yung masarap na pagkain
  • that girl May 24 2011 @ 10:01am Report Abuse
    eggs, cheese and guanciale or bacon is the REAL carbonara. cream is not even an original part of this pasta recipe. if you like the bastardized version better, then fine. but don't think that it's not good because there's no cream. research please!
  • jane reyes Oct 22 2010 @ 12:15pm Report Abuse
    send more recipe pls.... tnx
  • Minnesotta Sep 06 2010 @ 04:09pm Report Abuse
    Tried and tested this recipe. Don't scrimp on the cheese! ;-)
  • joan Mar 26 2010 @ 08:53am Report Abuse
    ok kaya ito? since walang cream...
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Which pasta noodles do you usually use when cooking carbonara?

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