Classic Roman Spaghetti alla Carbonara
A delicious pasta made with eggs and cheese that turn into a rich sauce. The sauce is flavored with crispy, salty bits of guanciale or pancetta.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time25 mins
- 1 lb. spaghetti or 1 lb. rigatoni pasta
- 1/4 c. extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tsp. red pepper flakes
- 3 garlic cloves thinly sliced
- 8 oz. guanciale or pancetta cubed in small 1/4" cubes
- 1/2 c. dry white wine
- 4 fresh large eggs --warm to room temperature -- separate two of the eggs and use just the yolks saving the whites for another use
- 1/2 c. Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese freshly grated
- 1/2 c. Pecorino cheese freshly grated
- Coarsely ground black pepper -- q.b. quanto basta -- or to your taste
- Sea salt
- Fresh flat leaf Italian parsley-- use a generous amount coarsely chopped
Break the two eggs into a bowl, adding the yolks and both cheeses.Whisk to blend well, set aside.
Bring a large pot of water to boil over high heat. Generously salt the boiling water, add the pasta and cook until al dente, 8 to 10 minutes.
While pasta is cooking, heat a large skillet, add the olive oil and the guanciale or pancetta, sauté until just starting to brown about 2 minutes. Add garlic and red pepper flakes and cook another 2-3 minutes more. Add the wine and cook until reduced by half. Set aside but keep warm.
When pasta is done, reserve about 1 cup of the water then drain the pasta and add the pasta to the large skillet and toss with the meat in the pan.
From the 1 cup of reserved water take 1/2 cup and slowly pour into the egg mixture while stirring briskly. This tempers the eggs and prevents them from scrambling when you add them to the hot pasta.
Pour the egg mixture over the pasta and toss rapidly to coat the pasta with the sauce. This is best done with tongs. If the sauce seems too thick then add a little more of the pasta water to get the consistency you like.
Season with coarsely ground black pepper and sprinkle generously with the Italian parsley.
- The heat from the pan and the pasta helps to cook the eggs.
- Short pasta such as the rigatoni makes it easier to toss with the sauce.
- This is a wonderful dish to serve to guests -- believe me there won't be any leftovers.
Serving: 4g | Calories: 1112kcal | Carbohydrates: 89g | Protein: 47g | Fat: 58g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Cholesterol: 251mg | Sodium: 1295mg | Potassium: 532mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 980IU | Vitamin C: 0.7mg | Calcium: 727mg | Iron: 3.3mg