Prep 10 mins
Cook 10 mins
Wow. Saw this last night on his new TV programme and had to try it. So simple and so tasty! I had to make a couple of substitutions because we can't get everything here in Andorra. Getting a large piece of pancetta would have been challenging, so I replaced with smoked bacon lardons which are freely available. Also, pecorino? The Andorran lady looked at me as if I was mad, and what's wrong with a nice bit of Catalan manchego? I'm sorry, but I replaced it with parmeggiano! Remember you should always add your pasta to the sauce, not the other way around, so make sure you use a big deep frying pan.
- 400 g dried spaghetti
- 175 g piece smoked pancetta, without rind
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 2 finely chopped garlic cloves
- 2 tablespoons flat leaf parsley, finely chopped
- 3 large eggs, beaten
- 50 g pecorino cheese, finely grated
- salt and black pepper
- Cook the pasta in salted boiling water until al dente.
- Meanwhile, cut the pancetta into lardons (little chunky strips about 6mm wide).
- Heat a large frying pan over a medium-high heat, add the oil and pancetta. Stir until golden.
- Add the garlic and parsley, heat for a few more seconds then remove from the heat.
- Drain the spaghetti well, retaining a ladle-full of the cooking water, and add the pasta to the frying pan.
- Mix well and add the water to create a bit of a sauce, then stir in the beaten eggs and half the cheese. Toss together.
- The heat of the pasta will cook the eggs sufficiently to make them creamy. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Serve with the remaining cheese sprinkled on top.
Carbonara is just THE BEST pasta sauce ever invented. EVER. This was spectacular & I am painfully full, lol. Made for PAC 4/09. :)