Spaghetti alla Carbonara: the Traditional Italian Recipe
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.
Please note the addition of reserved pasta water when using the magazine version of this recipe.