Active Time
Total Time
30 MIN
Serves : 4 first-course servings
© Anna Williams

How to Make It

Step 1    

In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the pasta until al dente. Drain, reserving 3 tablespoons of the cooking water.

Step 2    

Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat the oil. Add the pancetta and cook over moderate heat until most of the fat has been rendered, 7 minutes. Add the shallot and garlic and cook over moderate heat for 1 minute. Add the cream and simmer over moderate heat until slightly thickened, about 2 minutes. Add the hot pasta to the skillet and stir to coat, 1 minute. Remove from the heat. Stir in the reserved pasta cooking water, the 2 tablespoons of grated cheese and the egg yolks. Season with salt. Divide the pasta into bowls and sprinkle with parsley and pepper. Serve, passing more cheese at the table.

Suggested Pairing

Carbonara pairs best with a tannic red to refresh the palate after each luxurious bite. Pour a robust Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, from Tuscany.

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Aggregate Rating value: 5

Review Count: 859

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Best Rating: 5

Author Name: Benjamin Piassa

Review Body: Mafia III brought me here.

Review Rating: 5

Date Published: 2016-10-20

Author Name: fopaw

Review Body: I have never made carbonara with heavy cream, it is not necessary with the appropriate combination of egg yolks, parmigiana and pasta water. I am sure this is delicious, who doesn't love heavy cream, but not very authentic.

Review Rating: 2

Date Published: 2017-02-18

Author Name: Jack B. Nimble

Review Body: If you want to be creative, that's fine, but don't call it Carbonara if you're adding garlic, shallots and heavy cream!

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Date Published: 2017-05-09

Author Name: r8terfan

Review Body: carbonara does not have cream in it. If you want to call this Italian you'd better use Italian recipes.

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Date Published: 2017-05-09

Author Name: Terry Contreras

Review Body: Can I make this without the egg yolks??? Not a fan

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Date Published: 2017-04-18

Author Name: Craig Macdonald

Review Body: Just made this for my fiancé and got the double thumbs up. Really easy to do so I rate this dish highly.

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Date Published: 2016-09-25