How To Make Carbonara Pasta:
Carbonara pasta is a wonderful easy dish to cook.
A perfect dish to make when you are limited for time is this classic Carbonara pasta as it is very quick to make.
This Carbonara pasta recipe is traditionally made with pancetta but you can use bacon rashers, a fatty type like streaky bacon is best.
My Carbonara pasta recipe does not stick to the traditional rules.
I have added a twist by suggesting adding a vegetable like broccoli. You can perhaps use sugar snap peas.
An Italian Carbonara pasta recipe traditionally does not add cream but in this recipe it is an optional extra that you can put in if you wish.
Enjoy making your Carbonara pasta.
For other tasty dinner ideas check out the blogs for main courses.
lunch or dinner
- 200g pancetta or bacon rashers – Preferably streaky bacon
- 200g Dried Tagliatelle Pasta
- 1 clove garlic
- 150g broccoli
- 2 eggs
- 150ml Cream (optional)
- Olive oil for frying pancetta or bacon
- Handful fresh parsley or 3 tsp dried parsley
- Large pinch of black pepper
- Pinch salt (but omit if using pancetta or really salty bacon)
- Parmesan cheese for grating on top
Carbonara Pasta – Method & Instructions
Chop pancetta bacon up into small pieces
Fry pancetta or bacon using olive oil
While pancetta or bacon is frying, cook the tagliatelle, and cook the broccoli
Add garlic half way through cooking the bacon
Once bacon is nice and crispy turn off the heat before adding other ingredients
Whisk 2 eggs in a cup
Drain the broccoli
Add cooked tagliatelle to the pan along with one ladleful of pasta water
The pan should have been off the heat for a few minutes to cool down a little
Then add the whisked eggs and mix with pasta and bacon (if pan too hot the eggs may scramble a bit and not be a smooth consistency but that is ok as it does not affect the flavour, so don’t worry if that happens)
Add the cooked broccoli to the frying pan too (optional)
Season with salt & pepper
Add cream to the frying pan and mix everything (optional)
Dish it all on a plate and grate over some parmesan cheese and serve