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Spaghetti alla carbonara


It's important to serve this as soon as you toss the eggs through because they'll keep cooking with the heat of the pasta and become scrambled. In fact, eat this straight from the pan.

You'll need

400 gm dried spaghetti 60 ml (¼ cup) mild-flavoured extra-virgin olive oil 200 gm piece guanciale or coppa, cut into lardons (see note) 4 eggs, lightly beaten 20 gm (¼ cup) finely grated pecorino, plus extra to serve To serve: coarsely chopped flat-leaf parsley (optional)

Method

  • 01
  • Cook pasta in a large saucepan of boiling salted water until al dente (8-10 minutes).
  • 02
  • Meanwhile, heat oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat, add guanciale and sauté until starting to crisp (2-4 minutes). Set aside and keep warm.
  • 03
  • Drain pasta, reserving 2 tbsp cooking water. Add to guanciale with eggs, pecorino, reserved cooking water and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Toss until pasta is coated and sauce begins to thicken (20-30 seconds), then serve immediately, scattered with parsley and extra pecorino to the side.

Note Guanciale is cured meat from the side of the pig's face and coppa is cured pork shoulder or neck; both are available from select delicatessens and Italian butchers.


At A Glance

  • Serves 4 people
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  • Serves 4 people

Featured in

May 2010

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