Easy and Delicious Carbonara

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This authentic Italian meal is so easy to make and is so delicious. Cooking the eggs throughout the spaghetti creates a rich eggy sauce with the perfect texture. You can adapt this recipe to suit your taste, for example adding peas for some fresh greenness or removing the pancetta to make it vegetarian. 


(Serves 4)

  • 14 oz spaghetti
  • 4 large eggs
  • 10 oz pancetta 
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Parmesan cheese, to serve


  1. Bring a large pot of water to the boil. Once the water is rolling add some salt and then add the spaghetti. 
  2. Cook the spaghetti for the time stated on the packaging. 
  3. Meanwhile, fry the pancetta for 3-5 minutes. 
  4. When the spaghetti has cooked, drain most of the water out but leave some in the pan. 
  5. Add the pancetta to the pot with the spaghetti in and stir through.
  6. Crack the eggs into a jug and whisk them until smooth. 
  7. Put the spaghetti pan on a medium heat, and then pour the eggs in.
  8. Continue to stir thoroughly until the eggs are cooked throughout the pot. 
  9. Add some freshly ground black pepper.
  10. Dish into bowls, and then grate over some parmesan.
  11. Serve with a fresh green salad.