Quick Pasta Carbonara

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recipe by Octopus Publishing https://octopusbooks.co.uk/

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based on 5 ratings

Carbonara is one of the easiest authentic pasta dishes you’ll ever make. This one uses cream to add an extra layer of luxury.

recipe updated Jun 8, 2020


  • Parmesan cheese icon
    Parmesan cheese
    ¼ cup (about 37.8 g)
  • Salt icon
    as needed
  • Water icon
    as needed
  • Spaghetti icon
    400 g (about ½ cup)
  • Olive oil icon
    Olive oil
    2 tbsp (about 27.3 g)
  • Pancetta icon
    200 g (about 40)
  • Egg icon
    3 (about 150 g)
  • Fresh parsley icon
    Fresh parsley
    3 tbsp (about 11.7 g)
  • Single cream icon
    Single cream
    3 tbsp (about 45 g)
  • Salt & pepper icon
    Salt & pepper
    as needed


  • kCook icon Wooden spoon
  • kCook icon Stove
  • kCook icon Frying pan
  • kCook icon Small bowl
  • kCook icon Large saucepan

Step preview

  1. Add salt to a clean large saucepan
  2. Boil
  3. Add water and spaghetti to the pasta
  4. Cook until al dente
  5. Add olive oil to a clean frying pan
  6. Heat in frying pan
  7. Add pancetta to the frying pan
  8. Fry in frying pan until crispy - 5 min, high heat
  9. Add egg, parmesan cheese, fresh parsley and single cream to a clean small bowl
  10. Beat until well combined
  11. Season with salt & pepper then set aside
  12. Drain pasta
  13. Transfer pasta to frying pan
  14. Cook in frying pan while stirring occasionally - low heat
  15. Pour egg mixture into frying pan
  16. Stir quickly
  17. Remove
  18. Stir until creamy
  19. Serve immediately
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