Classic Carbonara with Pancetta


This is the classic version of pancetta carbonara I grew up eating. Serve it piping hot, tossed with extra Parmesan cheese and chopped Italian parsley.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
50 mins


  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten

  • 2 cups heavy cream

  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

  • 1 (16 ounce) package penne pasta

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • ½ pound sliced pancetta, chopped

  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • ½ cup pine nuts, toasted

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

  • ¾ cup chopped Italian flat leaf parsley

  • ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Whisk together eggs, cream, and 1 cup Parmesan cheese in a bowl. Set aside.

  2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta; cook until al dente, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain pasta; return it to the pot off heat and cover to keep warm.

  3. Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook until translucent, about 8 minutes. Transfer onion to a bowl; cover to keep warm.

  4. Cook pancetta in the same skillet over medium heat until browned; toss with nutmeg. Drain on paper towels.

  5. Combine pasta, onion, pancetta, pine nuts, salt, and pepper in the same large skillet over low heat. Slowly stir in egg mixture, tossing gently, so eggs don't scramble. Cook until just heated through.

  6. Remove from heat and toss with parsley and remaining 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

838 Calories
53g Fat
62g Carbs
31g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 838
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 53g 68%
Saturated Fat 26g 131%
Cholesterol 264mg 88%
Sodium 871mg 38%
Total Carbohydrate 62g 23%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 31g
Vitamin C 12mg 61%
Calcium 328mg 25%
Iron 5mg 27%
Potassium 480mg 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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