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Spaghetti Carbonara

Spaghetti Carbonara is one of our absolute favourite quick dinner dishes. I saw a unique method of warming a thick paste of eggs, Pecorino and a little of the rendered Guanciale oil in a bain-marie on Bobby and Giada in Italy at Trattoria Santa Palato. They claim that the eggs won’t scramble as easily because you have more control over the heat with the bain-marie. I am not sure that is true, but it does make a super creamy and delicious sauce. 

Spaghetti Carbonara

Serves 2 as a main or 4 as a pasta course.


  • 100 g Guanciale, thinly sliced
  • 250 g spaghetti
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 100 g Pecorino, finely grated


  1. Cook the Guanciale until crispy, and reserve the fat.
  2. Heat a pot of water for the pasta. In a heat-proof bowl, combine the egg and Pecorino until you get a thick paste. Put the bowl of eggy cheese over the lightly boiling pasta water and whisk until smooth. Set aside, away from heat.
  3. Cook the spaghetti until al dente. Use tongs to move the pasta from the boiling water and add it to the warmed egg mixture and mix rigorously until you achieve a smooth sauce, adding pasta water as needed. 
  4. Serve sprinkled with the crispy Guanciale and more cheese if desired.

Creamy, salty and absolutely delicious!


  • This recipe uses Pecorino exclusively, but I have seen Pecorino and Parmesan used in various ratios.
  • There are many versions of this recipe on line this is just one of them. The authentic Carbonara NEVER uses cream.

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