Roman-Style Spaghetti Carbonara

Many versions of carbonara use American style smoked bacon whose smoky accents can sometimes overwhelm the dish. Some Roman versions use salted pork jowl, which is not smoked and much sweeter than bacon (somewhat difficult to find outside of Italy). My version uses pancetta (Italian salt cured bacon), which supplies a comparably rounded and mellow flavor. Also, my version does not use whole eggs. I use egg yolks...I use multiple egg yolks...along with a little heavy cream to create an unctuously rich and luscious sauce. Mmm Mmm good!

(4.2, 26) 84% would make again
Yield: 2 Servings Ready in 25 minutes

Cuisine: Italian   Main Ingredient: Pasta


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I've tried the recipe with whole eggs, it's also great. Thank you for the good idea!

Tasty simple recipe - perfect for a week night

Cream is always nice but I substituted with milk for less fat. A wonderful dish for lunch working with left over pasta =)


Excellent weeknight dinner! I added fresh basil because I had it and it really added to the flavor!

Pork jowl is very easy to find in th southern US and my sister in Chicago had no trouble finding it. I suggest not substituting pancetta! Pork jowl is much better and is much much cheaper!

This recipe looks so good and i cant wait to make it, thanks for sharing it. CCheryl

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