Spaghetti/Tagliatelli Carbonara

  • April 24, 2011 2:49 PM BST

    I cooked this classic dish last night. Its quick, easy and .... delicious!


    Ingredients for 4 people:


    4oz spaghetti or tagliatelli per person

    8 strips of smoked bacon chopped

    A handful of buttom mushrooms chopped

    4 medium eggs beaten lightly

    5 tablespoons (tbsp) of single cream

    2 tbsp of fine grated parmesan cheese

    a little salt (optional)

    black pepper

    extra virgin olive oil


    Prepare the sauce ingredients. mix the eggs, cream and parmesan cheese together. Add a little salt and pepper.

    Put the pasta on to boil

    While it is cooking, fry the bacon and mushrooms in extra virgin olive oil. The pasta and bacon/mushrooms should be cooked at the same time, about 8 minutes or so.

    Drain the pasta and return to the saucepan. Add the cooked bacon and mushrooms to the pasta.

    Pour the egg/cream/cheese mixture on top and mix with the pasta and bacon/mushrooms.

    The heat of the cooked pasta will 'cook' the egg mixture without scrambling the eggs.

    Transfer the food to heated plates and serve with more grated parmesan on top!


    Serve with garlic bread and a nice bottle of Chianti!


    This recipe takes only about 15 minutes from start to finish.


  • April 28, 2011 6:02 PM BST

    I'm coming over to yours! 

    I'm the best guest!

    Being the youngest of five girls.

    I don't think I've ever refused food of any description.


  • May 5, 2011 4:02 PM BST

    I'd love to have you over for a meal, Janis .... this dish is so quick to cook that it leaves more time for the wine! Smile

    • 15 posts
    June 6, 2016 10:50 PM BST

    Glad you use cream. Carbonara "purists" refuse to, but I think it adds a richness and makes the dish a bit more filling without resorting to eating more pasta.


    I add peas too. Another thing the "purists" hate.


    But yeah...eggs, parm, cream, peas, pepper and pancetta. You could put that on a car bumber and it would be delish!