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Creamy spaghetti carbonara
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Creamy spaghetti carbonara

Spaghetti Carbonara is not just incredibly easy to make but super quick too. Creamy, incredibly tasty and made with few ingredients.

Creamy spaghetti carbonara
Spaghetti Carbonara. Mmm, pasta, pasta, pasta. Not a week goes by without pasta in our household. We just love it (and it's so easy and quick to prepare as well, let's be honest). We've started wondering why we haven't posted more pasta recipes here on the blog, but hey, it's never too late for a good pasta recipe. This incredibly delicious Pasta Carbonara originates from Italy, but it's eaten all around the world. The basic ingredients for this recipe are spaghetti, bacon, eggs, cheese, pepper and that's all we've used as well. Perfect for a quick midweek lunch/dinner or for special occasions like Valentine’s day as well. It’s made in just 15 minutes from start to finish so it really doesn’t get any easier. If possible, use free range eggs, because they are better, also make sure to buy good organic pancetta or bacon for extra flavor. Tasty, quick and easy to make.


How do you make spaghetti carbonara?

Spaghetti Carbonara is a pasta that's incredibly easy to make and super quick too. 15 minutes from start to finish. You will need a few ingredients:

Pancetta - Pancetta is a must in this recipe. It adds an amazing, deep, meaty flavor. You could use bacon too.

Olive oil - It's our favorite type of oil to use in all kinds of kinds of pasta, you could substitute with lard too.

Black Pepper - Complements eggs and bacon beautifully. Use freshly ground black pepper. Adds a lovely spiciness. 

Eggs - Use free range eggs if possible and as fresh as possible. Eggs will be cooked completely so no need to worry.

Pasta water - The most important component is the reserved pasta water, which contains a lot of starch. That results in a creamy sauce. It can't be replaced with water.

Spaghetti - You can use any kind of fresh or dried pasta, spaghetti is our preferred option.

Creamy spaghetti carbonara


Creamy spaghetti carbonara


Does real carbonara have cream?

No. The pasta Carbonara like the Italians make it doesn't contain any cream. It's just carefully cooked pasta with eggs. The important component is the reserved pasta water, which contains a lot of starch. That results in a creamy sauce. It can't be replaced with water.

How do you make carbonara step by step?

Easy, check the step by step video recipe:



Lets get cooking!

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  • pancetta

    Cut the pancetta on small cubes. Set a frying pan over high heat. Add the olive oil, pancetta, and black pepper. Fry for a minute or until the pancetta is nicely golden brown. Remove from the heat.

  • Cook the spaghetti

    Cook the spaghetti in a pot of boiling salted water until cooked al dente. Drain the spaghetti, reserving 100 ml (3.4 oz) of the cooking water.

    You can also use whole wheat, wheat, spelt or any other spaghetti you like.
  • Pasta Carbonara

    Crack the eggs into a bowl and whisk with a fork. Pour half of the reserved water (50g) into the pan with pancetta. It's important that the pan it set over the minimum heat possible. Add the shredded parmesan cheese and stir to combine. Add the al dente cooked spaghetti, add the rest of the reserved water (50g) and the eggs. Cook for about 2 - 3 minutes over minimum heat, stirring constantly. Be careful not to get scrambled eggs, this step needs all your attention. Remove from the heat when the sauce is silky and delicious.

  • Serve

    Divide the pasta between two plates, serve with some extra shredded parmesan cheese. Enjoy.


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