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Pasta Carbonara Recipe

Pasta Carbonara
How to make Pasta Carbonara

About Pasta Carbonara Recipe: This simple Roman pasta dish derives its name from 'carbone' meaning coal. It was a pasta popular with the coal miners. The original recipe calls for guanciale, which is pig's cheek, but since it's not easily available, we have used bacon instead. So, here's a pasta dish that every age group would love to relish!

  • Total Cook Time 50 mins
  • Prep Time 20 mins
  • Cook Time 30 mins
  • Recipe Servings4
  • Easy

Ingredients of Pasta Carbonara

  • 1 packet spaghetti
  • 100 gms bacon (cut in strips)
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 Egg yolk
  • 100 gms pecorino romano or parmesan, grated
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Black pepper (coarsely crushed)
  • to taste salt

How to Make Pasta Carbonara

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In a large pan or a saucepan, heat the olive oil and fry the bacon till crisp. Set aside.
In a mixing bowl, beat the whole eggs and the yollk well. Stir in the grated cheese and set aside.
Boil the spaghetti in abundant salty water. Drain the pasta, reserving some of the cooking water.
In another saucepan, toss the pasta with the egg mixture, bacon and any fat rendered from cooking the bacon, over very low heat.
Make sure that the individual strands of pasta are all coated properly with the mixture. Season with salt, add the pasta water, give it a quick toss, and remove right away from the heat.
The sauce should have a creamy texture, which will be lost if the pasta remians on the fire for too long.
The idea is to cook the egg with the heat of the pasta, and not with the heat of the fire.
Serve right away with lots of pepper, freshly crushed in a pepper mill, and more Parmesan if desired.

Recipe Notes

Many of us believe that carbonara is a cream sauce. It is not! The creaminess of the sauce comes from eggs and cheese. If you add cream, you'll have different pasta altogether. A good one, I'm sure, but definitely not a carbonara.
Also read more about easy pasta recipes here that you can try at home.

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