Authentic Pasta Carbonara

This is indeed what I really consider an authentic pasta carbonara, or spaghetti alla carbonara a recipe from Rome.

I visited Rome a few times in my life and since then I always enjoyed eating their pasta or spaghetti alla carbonara. Walking through the streets of Roma visiting famous places for tourism is what I like to do most.

Now what happens visiting Rome is that it want take much to "stumble" into a Trattoria (a typical Italian restaurant usually owned by a family), which I don't consider to be part of my touring schedule and worse this turns to be a trouble I always fall in.

My stomach tears instead of my eyes, my mouth waters leaving my body without "liquids" and I know that we can't survive without liquids. What a bad situation fighting against spaghetti alla carbonara or spaghetti all'amatriciana, they both pull my stomach in.

Unfortunately for me the lady who was owner of my favorite trattoria has retired, and I'm only left with the recipe. Since then I make it often and you too can make it with my easy guided steps.

rigatoni pasta carbonara

Carbonara Version With Rigatoni Pasta

authentic spaghetti alla carbonara

Spaghetti alla Carbonara Authentic Roman Version

Ingredients: 2 servings

Now there's a reason I did it for two, that's for me and my wife but you can scale up and double the ingredients if you need 4 servings and anyway an egg for person.

  • ½ lb (200g) spaghetti
  • 3 ½ oz (100g) Italian pancetta or diced smoked bacon
  • 2 eggs (1 yolk + 1 whole)
  • 3 oz (85g) grated pecorino romano cheese or Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
  • 2 Tbsp (30ml) extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and better freshly milled black pepper

The original recipe does not use cream, so leaving spaghetti lighter and less caloric, but willingly is a variation to try. Another variation to try is to use half dose of pecorino Romano cheese and half dose of grated Parmigiano Reggiano. The authentic carbonara just calls for pecorino Romano which is better for this recipe. If you like or don't have pecorino cheese you can use instead Parmigiano Reggiano, but will taste less.

Bacon, Cheese, 2 Eggs and Spaghetti
Italian Pancetta or Smoked Bacon

Preparation: easy 20 minutes

  1. Fill a pasta pot with ¾ of water and bring to a boil. At rolling boil add some salt, but not much because you have tasty smoked bacon too.
  2. Meanwhile add 2 Tbsp of extra virgin olive oil into your frying pan and fry the diced bacon or Italian pancetta stirring often with a wooden spatula until the fat has become transparent and slightly crisp, then remove from heat and keep aside.
Frying Diced Bacon

     3.  In a bowl add the 2 eggs (1 yolk + 1 whole), at this stage if your are making spaghetti or any pasta carbonara for 4/5 servings, you can add 4 eggs (2 yolks + 2 whole) so that you'll have enough egg's white.

2 Eggs With Parmigiano

     4.  After add the Italian pecorino or/and Parmigiano Reggiano to your choice and start to beat the eggs with a fork.

Beat The Eggs in a Bowl

     5.  Now it's time to add the fried pancetta (diced bacon) to the mixture of beaten eggs and stir until incorporated.

Ready to Add to The Pasta

     6.  When the spaghetti are cooked, drain and add them to the pasta bowl with the eggs and pancetta.

Stir The Beaten Mixture With Spaghetti or Your Favourite Pasta

At this point if you like your carbonara more cooked (less moist), just reheat up only the pasta pot which you previously used, throw again the pasta in and stir. I suggest to not cook it much if you don't want scrambled eggs.

Serve immediately, adding fresh milled pepper, and pass extra grated cheese to your taste.

Yes, pasta carbonara is so simple and yet very tasty and some other easy spaghetti recipes I like to make that you can try are spaghetti puttanesca well known with olives and anchovies and spaghetti all'amatriciana.

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