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September 10, 2010

Simply The Best

Now, I have tried making a handful of different Spaghetti alla Carbonara recipes, but I continually am reassured each time that the recipe my mother makes is simply the best.  No, it is not a health conscious recipe, but yes, it is a very special treat every once in awhile. With the combination of the butter, cream, bacon (or pancetta) and just a hint of red pepper flakes, this dish will have you cheering Mama Mia!

The history behind the origins of this dish is varied. One story is that alla carbonara, meaning coal worker’s style, includes the pepper flakes to resemble coal, and yet another is said to come from the famous restaurant in Rome La Carbonara as their signature dish.  Regardless of where it comes from, it isn’t leaving my recipe binder and I do hope you have an opportunity to try it.  I don’t believe you’ll be disappointed. 

Key Things To Keep In Mind:

*A little goes a long way when it comes to the red pepper flakes.  The slight heat you will taste with the instructed amount is just enough, but not too much (and I’m not one who likes things all that hot).

*Bacon or pancetta – it is completely up to you.  You will have a delicious dish with either.

*Quality parmesan cheese improves the rich flavor significantly

*Fettuccini or linguini pasta is easily interchangeable with spaghetti according your preference

Spaghetti alla Carbonara


*8 slices of bacon/pancetta cut into 1/4” slices

*1/2 cup whipping cream

*1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

*2 medium eggs

*2 large egg yolks

*1/2 cup Parmesan

*1 lb spaghetti

*1/4 cup unsalted butter


1. Fry bacon until crisp.

2. Pour off half of the bacon fat and stir into the pan the heavy cream. Add pepper flakes.

3. Heat the cream to a simmer and keep it warm.

4. In a bowl, beat eggs and egg yolks thoroughly and stir in parmesan cheese.

5. Cook spaghetti in boiling salted water until al dente.

6. Drain pasta thoroughly in a large colander and transfer to the serving dish.

7. With two forks, stir in butter, the hot cream and bacon mixture and the beaten eggs and cheese.

8. Toss the mixture thoroughly and add salt and pepper to taste.  Sprinkle with parmesan.

Add a glass of pinot gris, sauvignon blanc or chardonnay and you will melt. Bon appétit!

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At September 10, 2010 at 11:56 AM , Blogger Fashion, Art and other fancies said...

Simply the best indeed - that photograph looks so toothsome - and I so enjoy a dish of spahetti, too. Have not had Carbonara since 2000 ( it's a bit too rich for my taste - always feel so tired after a dish of Cabonara ).

At September 10, 2010 at 12:27 PM , Blogger Erika ~TiptoeButterfly~ said...

i love any and all pasta dishes! - my belly tells me so!

At September 10, 2010 at 1:17 PM , Blogger CJ said...

Sounds delicious and easy....will be making this soon. Thanks for the recipe!

At September 10, 2010 at 2:25 PM , Blogger FRANKIE HEARTS FASHION said...

Carbonara is one of my faves! Looks like a yummy and easy recipe! Thanks for sharing...xo

At September 11, 2010 at 2:27 PM , Blogger Jenn @ Living Luxe for Less said...

Mmmm, this sounds so good! I will definitely be trying this recipe soon. The best carbonara I have ever tasted was at the St. Regis in Rome, and I would love to try making this decadent dish myself! So glad I just stumbled upon your blog, it's great!

At September 13, 2010 at 1:48 PM , Blogger Lissa @ After Adornment said...

My favorite pasta dish ever! Just thinking about it brings me back to Da Francesco's in Rome where I could have eaten 8 plates of the stuff.....mmmmmmm. Might have to add this to the dinner list this week!

At February 24, 2011 at 7:33 PM , Blogger The enchanted home said...

It figures I am looking at this recipe at 10:30 at night when I happen to be starving but know I shouldnt' eat a morsel since I am soon going to bed however I may just hvae to give this a whirl for family night, Sunday. Looks and sounds unreal and we all love carbonara!


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