Italian Carbonara

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"One of the best carbonara recipes, some of these recipes do not call for cream this one does and I love this recipe and I know you will too! Bacon can be subbed for pancetta"

Original recipe yields 3-4 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (157.6 g)
  • Calories 488.5
  • Total Fat - 26.3 g
  • Saturated Fat - 12.5 g
  • Cholesterol - 82 mg
  • Sodium - 694.6 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 46.4 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 0.2 g
  • Sugars - 0.7 g
  • Protein - 20.4 g
  • Calcium - 123.9 mg
  • Iron - 3 mg
  • Vitamin C - 4.2 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.6 mg

Step 1

In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the pasta until aldente. Drain, reserving 3 to 4 tablespoons of the cooking water.

Step 2

While the pasta is cooking, in a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil. Add the pancetta and cook over moderate heat until most of the fat has been rendered (around 5-7 minutes).

Step 3

Add the shallot and garlic and cook over moderate heat for 1 minute.

Step 4

Add the cream and simmer over moderate heat until slightly thickened (about 2 minutes).

Step 5

Add the hot pasta to the skillet and stir to coat (about 1 minute). Remove from the heat. Stir in the reserved pasta cooking water, 3-4 tablespoons Parmesan cheese and the egg yolks. Season with salt and pepper.

Step 6

Divide the pasta into bowls and sprinkle with parsley.

Step 7

Serve more Parmesan cheese at the table.

Step 8

This is- SO GOOD!

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.



I scaled back for one serve but had to use bacon instead of pancetta otherwise made as recipe and had it on the table in less than half an hour my pasta took 12 minutes to cook and I made the sauce in this time though I scooped the pasta out of the pot with tongs and straight into the pan so did not need the pasta water as some dripped off as the pasta went into the frypan a trick suggested by Giada and the end result was a delicious dinner, thank you blond_cook made for Alphabet Tag Game at FF&F.

review by:
(3 Jun 2020)


I can vouch for how good this is made with pancetta. It's delicious, easy to prepare and so satisfying!

review by:
(7 Jun 2014)


We love Italian and this Carbonara is awesome!

review by:
(10 Dec 2013)