Spaghetti Carbonara


This rich Italian favorite is flavored with a sauce of pancetta, cream, eggs, and Parmesan.

Raw eggs should not be used in food prepared for pregnant women, babies, young children, the elderly, or anyone whose health is compromised.

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 10 ounces pancetta, cut into ½-inch dice
  • 1 pound spaghetti
  • 1 cup heavy cream, plus more if needed
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 2 cups grated (about 5 ounces) Parmesan cheese, plus more for garnish
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  1. Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil. Heat a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the olive oil and pancetta to skillet, and cook until the pancetta is browned, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove skillet from heat, and keep warm.
  2. Cook spaghetti in boiling water until al dente, about 8 minutes. While spaghetti is cooking, whisk cream, egg yolks, Parmesan, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl until combined. Drain pasta, and return to saucepan. Immediately stir in egg-and-cheese mixture until well combined. Add warm pancetta and fat from pan. Toss well. Thin sauce with additional cream, if necessary. Serve immediately, garnished with grated Parmesan cheese.

Serves 6.

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