Pasta Carbonara Recipe

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Pasta Carbonara
How to make Pasta Carbonara
  • Recipe By: NDTV Food
  • Recipe Servings: 4
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  • Difficulty Level: Easy

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!

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

  • 1.In a large pan or a saucepan, heat the olive oil and fry the bacon till crisp. Set aside.
  • 2.In a mixing bowl, beat the whole eggs and the yollk well. Stir in the grated cheese and set aside.
  • 3.Boil the spaghetti in abundant salty water. Drain the pasta, reserving some of the cooking water.
  • 4.In another saucepan, toss the pasta with the egg mixture, bacon and any fat rendered from cooking the bacon, over very low heat.
  • 5.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.
  • 6.The sauce should have a creamy texture, which will be lost if the pasta remians on the fire for too long.
  • 7.The idea is to cook the egg with the heat of the pasta, and not with the heat of the fire.
  • 8.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.

Key Ingredients: spaghetti, bacon (cut in strips), Eggs, Egg yolk, pecorino romano or parmesan, olive oil, Black pepper (coarsely crushed), salt