Chef John's Spaghetti alla Carbonara

69 Reviews 6 Pics
  • Prep

    5 m
  • Cook

    20 m
  • Ready In

    25 m
Chef John
Recipe by  Chef John

“Spaghetti alla carbonara's creamy sauce is simply a thin egg and cheese custard, spiked with pork and black pepper. Try to find pancetta or guanciale (pork cheek cured like pancetta) for a really authentic taste!”

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Ingredients

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Original recipe yields 2 servings

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Directions

  1. Cook guanciale with olive oil and 1 teaspoon ground black pepper in a Dutch oven over medium-low heat until almost crisp, about 5 minutes. Reduce heat to low.
  2. Whisk eggs, 3 tablespoons Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, 3 tablespoons Pecorino Romano cheese, and 1 teaspoon ground black pepper in a bowl. Set aside.
  3. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook spaghetti in the boiling water, stirring occasionally until cooked through but firm to the bite, 10 to 12 minutes. Drain, reserving 1 cup of the pasta water.
  4. Pour reserved pasta water and drained spaghetti into the bacon-pepper mixture; stir to combine.
  5. Slowly pour egg mixture into the pasta mixture; cook, stirring constantly until the egg mixture forms a thick sauce, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from heat.
  6. Stir remaining 3 tablespoons Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and 3 tablespoons Pecorino Romano cheese into the pasta mixture and serve.

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susansews2
94

susansews2

When I make carbonara, I always add about a cup of chopped yellow onion to the bacon as it fries. That combination is delicious. I also use chicken broth instead of pasta water, as it adds more flavor, and only add the cheese at the end, along with about 1/2 cup of chopped fresh parsley.

LatinaCook
84

LatinaCook

Surprisingly, I've never had spaghetti alla carbonara before. So, I don't have anything to compare this to. I know where I can buy pancetta at but it was too far away and I was feeling lazy. So, I used thick bacon. I, like chef John in the video, used whole wheat spaghetti. I enjoyed this simple dish even though I messed up a little and my cream curdled a bit. I didn't lower my heat as low as I should have and I didn't constantly stir. So, do as Chef John said!!! :o)

Sheila
67

Sheila

Very easy, simple ingredients, great to see the video also. I added a little diced onion with the bacon and seared cubed chicken tenderloins with the pasta; it tasted just like a nearby restaurant's carbonara. Wasn't too sure about adding the pasta water, but it was a great tip; made the sauce just the right consistency! Perfect amount for two people. Thanks for the recipe!

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Nutrition

Amount Per Serving (2 total)

  • Calories
  • 688 cal
  • 34%
  • Fat
  • 30.3 g
  • 47%
  • Carbs
  • 66.1 g
  • 21%
  • Protein
  • 36.3 g
  • 73%
  • Cholesterol
  • 242 mg
  • 81%
  • Sodium
  • 984 mg
  • 39%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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