Thursday, April 01, 2010

Spaghetti Alla Carbonara

There are so many varieties of carbonara that it is hard to sort them out. Typically carbonara is made with pancetta (Italian bacon), egg yolks, and parmesan cheese mixed in spaghetti. In the US, sometimes cream is used in this pasta recipe, but this is not typical in Italy. I like to make this pasta dish when I ran out of idea of what to prepare for dinner. All you need is just a few ingredients to pull off this rich, cheesy and satisfying meal.


½ packet of Spaghetti or pasta of your choice
4 slices of pancetta (you can substitute it with bacon) – cute into cubes
2 cloves garlic – smashed
½ cup grated parmesan cheese
2 egg yolks
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper

1. Heat a bit of olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat; cook the pancetta along with the garlic until the pancetta is brown and crispy. Discard the garlic and add in the black pepper and stirring occasionally until fragrant.
2. Transfer the pancetta mixture into a big bowl and let it cool down a bit. Stir in the cheese and egg yolks. Mix until well combined and set it aside.
3. Meanwhile bring a pot of salted water to boil. Cook the pasta until al-dente. Reserve about ½ cup of pasta water.
4. Drain the pasta and toss it right into the eggs mixture. Toss till combined adding the pasta water a bit at a time to create a creamy sauce. Taste for seasonings.
5. Serve immediately.

Note: I didn’t add any salt to this dish as with the pancetta and parmesan cheese the pasta is salty enough. Since I have some roasted tomatoes I garnished the pasta with it.


iena hamdi said...

thanks for the recepies..

my daughter feveret

ann low said...

I love this kind of pasta, simple and delicious.
Happy Easter Day! I've an award for you, please come and pick it up when you're free.

Aimei said...

Thanks for the recipe which appears easy to make! how many servings does this make?

MaryMoh said...

That looks simple, easy, creamy and delicious. Just what I need for a busy day. My children would love this.

Anonymous said...

Carbonara is my pasta! I can eat 3 bowl without blinking my eyes. Your recipe looks really good.

shereen said...

That's my dish when I am lazy..hahaha.The boys love this but since you know that I am forever'rajin',they seldom get this at home(wicked,eh?).Will do this in a couple of days since I got the crave after seeing this posting.Thank you!!!

Beachlover's Kitchen said...

love your pretty red plate.of course love the paste too!! hehehe!...I don't mind creamy white sauce pasta but Eliot and Mishu hate white last week I cook them penna ala vodka again wt you get the pancette from deli or vaccum pack when cooking pasta?

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover said...

I wish to try this out when my husband is not at home, he don't like creamy, cheesy and egg yolk. But kids love it..Happy Easter to you !

Mark @ Cafe Campana said...

I think this is the most authentic version of Carbonara I have seen in a while. Good job.

Honey Bee Sweets said...

A simple classic that won't run out of fashion! Wish I have access to all that good cheese in US though. :P Thanks for sharing this. ;)

Cherine said...

This is the authentic spaghtetti carbonara! love it :)

Kathy - My Online Meals said...

This looks really good! I want to try this but with bacon crisps all over the top. It would make a lovely Easter meal.

Cheah said...

This looks like a simple and quick meal to whip up and it does look yummy!

ICook4Fun said...

Iena, you are welcome.

Anncoo, Happy Easter to you too and thanks for the award.

Aimei, this dish served 2-3 person.

Mary Moh, yes this pasta is really easy to whip up.

Ellie, ha ha I like this simple pasta too. Prefer this than the red sauce kind :)

Shereen, you should make this for the boys so you tak payah be in the kitchen all the time.

Lesley, I too prefer this type of sauce than the red sauce. I bought the pancetta Italian deli and sometime from Wegmans.

Sonia, thank you.

Mark, thanks for stopping by and your comment.

BeeBee, I am sure you can some good cheese in Singapore too.

ICook4Fun said...

Cherine, yes it is.

Kathy, Happy Easter to you.

Cheah, yes this is easy to whip out.

Sabrina Woon said...

OMG. my favourite spagetti ! *drooling*