STEPS 7 INGREDIENTS 4 TIME 25-30 MINS
Essentially a bacon-packed, raw-egg sister of this tasty breakfast pasta, this spaghetti carbonara recipe totally does the do.
Whether you’re serving everyday guests or just looking to fill a hunger gap, this recipe is a great one to learn.
‘Scrummy’ doesn’t begin to describe how moreish this dish is…
… make it, eat it, and then tell me you don’t want to munch it again – immediately!
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Ingredients: (For a printable PDF shopping list click here, or right-click this link and choose ‘Save target/link as’ to save the list for later.)
2 fresh eggs
60g/2oz bacon chunks (pancetta/belly bacon or normal bacon if that’s all you have)
20g/0.7oz parmesan cheese
Extra virgin olive oil
STEP 1 – Crack the eggs into the small bowl (the rule here is one egg per person serving).
– Add a pinch of salt to each egg (if using standard American bacon however don’t bother – the meat is usually salty enough), followed by a dash of pepper.
– Whisk using a fork until smooth, then grate in the parmesan and mix thoroughly again.
Tip: Maybe save a tablespoon of grated parmesan for serving.
STEP 2 – Cover half the base of your frying pan with oil and place on a medium heat.
– When the oil is hot, add the bacon and fry until softened and slightly brown (usually 5-7 mins). Then take this pan off the heat.
STEP 3 – Boil up a full deep pan of water (use a kettle for speed). Add a tablespoon of salt and cook the spaghetti as per its packet’s instructions.
– When ‘al dente’ (no longer white inside when cut), drain the spaghetti.
STEP 4 – Pop the bacon pan back on the heat and mix in the spaghetti, coating it in the oil.
Tip: If you don’t have a deep enough frying pan for this, use the pasta pan instead.
– Now take it all off the heat again, and pour over the egg/parmesan sauce. Mix thoroughly. (The point here is that we don’t want the egg to cook!)
That’s it – done!
To serve: Sprinkle over a little parmesan, and have some tasty bread on hand for mopping the dish (a little gross but quite essential!).
Enjoyed this spaghetti carbonara recipe?
– Then try this breakfast pasta. There’s no bacon involved and we fry the egg instead of whisking it raw, but it’s equally simple, and equally delicious.
– Also, if you’re a spaghetti lover, check out this easy spaghetti recipe featuring your choice of nut and posh porcini mushrooms.