Spaghetti Carbonara

Spaghetti Carbonara
A very famous Italian pasta recipe: egg yolks, cream, bacon, Parmesan and lemon juice.
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Last modified on: February 21th 2011

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Stage 1 - 10 min.
Spaghetti Carbonara
Cook 500 g spaghetti.

Stage 2 - 5 min.
Spaghetti Carbonara
Meanwhile make sauce: in a bowl put 4 egg yolks, 200 ml cream, salt and pepper.

Beat to mix well, then add juice of ½ lemon and some grated Parmesan, whip again, sauce is ready.

Stage 3 - 5 min.
Spaghetti Carbonara
In a pan on medium heat, put 200 g small pieces of bacon and cook until lightly browned.

Reduce heat.

Stage 4 - 2 min.
Spaghetti Carbonara
Keeping bacon pan over low heat, tip in cooked pasta and mix well.

Stage 5 - 2 min.
Spaghetti Carbonara
Add sauce and continue to mix for about two minutes.

Stage 6
Spaghetti Carbonara
Your spaghetti carbonara is ready. Grate some more Parmesan over, and put the pan in the centre of the table so that your guests can serve themselves and come back for more.
You can use the same recipe with other pasta like penne, tortellini etc.
And to drink?
A red Italian wine like Barbera d'Asti
Several days in the fridge, in a closed jar.
Home made.
Nutritional information
Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
3,649 Kcal or 15,278 Kj100 gr350 gr205 gr
182 %39 %33 %31 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
349 Kcal or 1,461 Kj10 gr33 gr20 gr
17 %4 %3 %3 %
Per person
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
608 Kcal or 2,546 Kj17 gr58 gr34 gr
30 %6 %6 %5 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).
Possible allergens in this recipe: Gluten, Egg, Milk
How much will it cost?
  • For 6 people : 3.07 €
  • Per person : 0.51 €

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  • For Walter Aprile : I'm not offended (at all !), I love when people suggest or comment recipes like you do. But Walter I'm terribly sorry to not agree with you, THERE IS (some) lemon juice in carbonara pasta, otherwise it will be only pasta with cream and eggs sauce. Lemon juice give an indispensable small acidity wich is very important in the egg-cream-cheese mix, which could be a bit too soft otherwise.If you have time, please try pasta with it, and come back to the website to tell us what you think about that.In the same way, I've meet an Italian lady who said that if you don't add white pepper, or black pepper instead, you will not make carbonara...
    Posted by jh march 25th 2009 at 19:53 (n° 2)
  • I really appreciate your site: I hope you will not be offended if I remark that spaghetti alla carbonara canonically does not contain any lemon whatsoever. There can be differences of opinion as to the technique, some people mix the sauce and the pasta on a burner, some do it off the burner and count on the pasta residual heat to cook the eggs.But the lemon will really change the taste. And I do not say that it does not taste good! But it is not carbonara any more...
    Posted by Walter Aprile march 25th 2009 at 16:51 (n° 1)
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