Spaghetti Carbonara

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Spaghetti Carbonara


  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 10 ounces pancetta, cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 1 pound spaghetti
  • 1 cup heavy cream, plus more if needed
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 2 cups grated Parmesan cheese (about 5 ounces), plus more for garnish
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


1. Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil. Heat a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the olive oil and pancetta to skillet, and cook until the pancetta is browned, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove skillet from heat, and keep warm.

2. Cook spaghetti in boiling water until al dente, about 8 minutes. While spaghetti is cooking, whisk cream, egg yolks, Parmesan, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl until combined. Drain pasta, and return to saucepan. Immediately stir in egg-and-cheese mixture until well combined. Add warm pancetta and fat from pan. Toss well. Thin sauce with additional cream, if necessary. Serve immediately, garnished with grated Parmesan cheese.

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