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Traditional Carbonara

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Traditional Carbonara

15 minutes total

Are you in search of the perfect traditional Italian carbonara recipe? Look no further! With our 6 simple steps, you can prepare a delicious and authentic carbonara pasta dish that's sure to satisfy your cravings. Made with classic ingredients like guanciale or pancetta, eggs, and pecorino romano cheese, this recipe stays true to the traditional flavors of Italy. Impress your friends and family with your culinary skills and indulge in the ultimate comfort food. So why wait? Discover the recipe for the perfect carbonara today!



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Serves 4

320g (11,3 oz) Barilla® Spaghetti No. 5
150 g Guanciale (cured unsmoked pork jowl) or pancetta
4 Large egg yolks
100 g Pecorino Romano cheese, grated
To taste Black pepper
To taste Salt


Individuals with allergies or specific dietary concerns should verify that the ingredients they utilize for the recipes comply with their restrictions.


Step 1

Here are six easy steps to cook a delicious carbonara pasta:

Step 2

In a mixing bowl, whisk egg yolks with 2/3 of the grated Pecorino cheese and a dash of pepper to taste.

  • egg yolks
  • pecorino
  • pepper

Step 3

Slice the guanciale into 2mm pieces. Add them to a large skillet over medium heat, then cook until the fat has melted and fry lightly.

  • guanciale

Step 4

Cook Spaghetti "al dente" in boiling salted water and drain them. Don’t forget to set aside a little bit of cooking water.

  • Spaghetti

Step 5

Combine the pasta al dente with the guanciale in the skillet and mix.

Step 6

Turn off the heat then add the egg mixture alongside the cooking water. Stir for as little as 30 seconds.

Step 7

Sprinkle the remaining 1/3 grated Pecorino cheese on top. Serve to your guests this delicious traditional Italian carbonara!

Passive cooking

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In conclusion, pasta carbonara is a classic Italian dish that is prepared with simple ingredients but offers incredible flavour. The creaminess of the sauce made from the combination of eggs and cheese, together with the flavour of the guanciale or bacon, blend perfectly with the pasta to create an unforgettable culinary experience. Its simplicity makes carbonara a quick and easy dish to prepare, but it is important to use high-quality ingredients to achieve a perfect result. Once you try carbonara, it is sure to become one of your favourite recipes!

Spaghetti No. 5

Since 1877 Barilla produces semolina pasta with the utmost attention to quality. Indeed, today as then, Barilla selects the best hard grains and carefully monitors all the stages of processing. Because it is only thanks to this care that a pasta is created with the ideal consistency, which best holds the baking and guarantees excellent results in all kinds of preparation.

  • Shape Sèaghetti
  • Cook time 9 mins
  • Pack size 500g