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Main dishes



One of Rome's most famous pasta dishes, spaghetti carbonara is a mythical dish, a classic in Roman trattorias. Creamy perfection, feel free to use bacon instead of guanciale and don't forget to save some of the cooking water, that's the secret to it's magical texture!

Preparation 10 min
Cooking time 15 min
Portions 4-6



  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil for the pasta. Salt the water and cook the pasta according to the instructions on the package. Before draining, reserve about 1/2 cup of the starchy pasta cooking water.
  2. Meanwhile, heat a large frying pan over low heat and add the guanciale. Cook, stirring, until golden brown, about 8 minutes.
  3. Add several tablespoons of pasta cooking water to the guanciale and deglaze the frying pan.
  4. While the pasta is cooking, in a medium bowl, beat together the eggs, cheeses and a good pinch of black pepper.
  5. Add the cooked pasta to the frying pan and toss to coat it well in the rendered fat from the guanciale.
  6. Remove skillet from heat and add the egg and cheese mixture and toss vigorously with tongs until sauce coats pasta. Add a little bit of reserved pasta water, one tablespoon at a time, if the pasta appears too dry.
  7. Plate and garnish with more freshly grated cheese and black pepper to taste. Serve immediately.
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