Spaghetti alla Carbonara: the Traditional Italian Recipe
Ingredients29 m servings 764
- Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat; add guanciale (see Cook's Note). Cook, turning occasionally, until evenly browned and crispy, 5 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat and drain on paper towels.
- Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook spaghetti in the boiling water, stirring occasionally until tender yet firm to the bite, about 9 minutes. Drain and return to the pot. Let cool, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes.
- Whisk eggs, 5 tablespoons pecorino Romano cheese, and some black pepper in a bowl until smooth and creamy. Pour egg mixture over pasta, stirring quickly, until creamy and slightly cooled. Stir in guanciale. Top with remaining 5 tablespoons pecorino Romano cheese and more ground black pepper.
- Cook's Notes:
- Guanciale, dry-cured pork jowl, is available from specialty markets. Substitute unsmoked bacon or pancetta for the guanciale if desired.
- Use Italian pasta for best results. Substitute bucatini for the spaghetti if preferred.
- Substitute Parmesan cheese for the pecorino Romano if desired.
- Tip: ask somebody to hold the pot so you can stir pasta quickly while pouring the egg mixture over it.
Per Serving: 764 calories; 28.4 85.3 39.1 200 1182 Full nutrition
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Awesome! I don't know how readily available guanciale is in the States, but if you can't find it, use pancetta. Just don't use regular N. American bacon. The curing process is different and chan...
I used pancetta and other than whisking a few tablespoons pasta water into the eggs before adding to temper them a bit didn't change a thing. Next time will make it with parmiagiano reggiano che...
My 23 year old son loves spaghetti carbonara and makes his own often. This evening I asked him to help me make this recipe for our family of 5. He asked me if it had cream in it...because an ...
I really love carbonara. This recipe didn't disappoint. When I got the pancetta from the deli, I had them slice it fairly thin. I think that was a mistake. It made it more salty then I inten...
I decided to make it because my kids like bacon.. I (against my inclination) decided to keep it simple like the recipe indicates. The kids liked it and for me it reaffirms that sometimes less is...
So delicious and so easy! I’ve always been afraid of carbonara, but never again! Next time I’ll use less pancetta (maybe 1/2 — 3/4 lb). Just our preference. Great recipe!
I used cubed ham slice that's what I had. Came out delicious. I'll be making this regularly with the ham since it is inexpensive and readily available.
Love this traditional recipe! If you like it a little more creamier then save 1/2 cup of the pasta water (make sure you salt the water when cooking the pasta). Add the water with the egg mixtur...