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Carluccio's Carbonara

I see you rome-in around trying to find a good dinner, and this traditional Roman carbonara is definitely the answer to your search. This recipe is from the God of pasta himself Carluccio.

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes

Makes: 2 portions


220g Spaghetti

25g guanciale or pancetta

2 tbsp olive oil

2 eggs (plus 2 extra yolks if you're feeling decadent)

50g parmesan

Black pepper

1. Getti the spag

This recipe is cooked quicker than you can say la dolce vita, so boil a big pot of water with a few generous pinches of salt (the water should taste like sea water) and add 220g spaghetti.

Cook it until al dente, probably 10 minutes.

2. You can't make a carbonara without breaking a few eggs

While the pasta is cooking, maka the sauce. Heat 2 tbsp of olive oil from the most luscious of Italian olives on a high heat. Once hot, throw in 25g of guanciale (if you managed to source it! maybe you flew to Rome on a wild boar chase) or pancetta if not.

While this cooks in the pan, get cracking (literally) on the egg mix. Break two eggs in a bowl, and add a couple of egg yolks if you're feeling indulgent! Grate in 50g parmigiano reggiano to the egg. Add a generous dash of pepper and stir together.

3. Make Carluccio a proud Nonno

Once the pasta is done, with a little bit of bite, drain it, reserving some of the pasta water for later if it's needed. Your pork should also be ready, if you want to make this healthier, well turn back and make a salad, or dab some of the fat out of the pan with a tissue. Turn the heat off and pour in the spaghetti.

Top with the egg mix and toss through, quickly transfer it to your serving bowl.

Dink and sink!

Food for Thought

Lizzy says: "A gaspfession: I have made this carbonara a fair few times; by which I mean A LOT. I am the biggest Carluccio fan and wish that he would come over to try my pasta and laugh heartily with me. I implore you to watch the video in which Carluccio makes the carbonara, because it is pure loveliness. The carbonara is very delicious and I will continue to make it and channel Carluccio for ever. 10/10"

Kate says: "Carluccio is the best Italian that ever lived, ok maybe not but I tell you what he knows his carbonara. This is one of Lizzy's favourites and she has told me about it many times before, but trying it for the first time was really a treat. That crispy salty pancetta contrasted with the creamy pasta sauce was just divine, and I can see this becoming a staple weeknight dinner if I need something to perk me up after a rubbish day. Wonderful 10/10 "

10/10 Gasps


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