Spaghetti alla Carbonara

Spaghetti alla Carbonara

Spaghetti alla Carbonara a typical first course of Roman cuisine, one of the most famous dishes in Italy and abroad.

For as Italians  this dish is a cult!

For the foreigner, a mysterious recipe, which often made completely wrong by adding ingredients such as garlic, onion, parsley or cream.

Ingredients that have nothing to do with the original recipe.

In the original recipe of Spaghetti alla Carbonara, requires only a few ingredients: Spaghetti, Guanciale, Pecorino Romano, Eggs, Salt, and Fresh ground black pepper.


If you wish you can change the pasta shapes, but the ingredients for the sauce are absolutely untouchable.

I understand that sometimes it is not easy to find the guanciale, so what to do?

In a very exceptional way, you can replace it with Pancetta.

Spaghetti alla Carbonara

The real and original recipe made with Guanciale, Spaghetti, eggs, and Pecorino Romano cheese
Course Pasta
Cuisine Italian
Keyword SPAGHETTI ALLA CARBONARA, the original recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2 people
Calories 450kcal
Author Authentic Italian Cuisine


  • 180 gr Spaghetti
  • 70 gr Guanciale or Pancetta
  • 40 gr Grated Pecorino Romano cheese Alternatively use Parmesan cheese but the taste will be different.
  • 2 Fresh Eggs Yolk
  • Salt
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper


  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil and season with salt. 
  • Cook spaghetti according to package directions.
  • Meanwhile, dice the Guanciale into small cubes.
  • In a large pan, add 1 tbs of olive oil and fry the guanciale over medium heat until crisp, about 7 to 10 minutes.
  • In a bowl whisk the eggs yolk with the Grated pecorino romano cheese adding a tbs of cold water if it is too thick.
  • When the spaghetti is cooked al dente drain and pour them in the pan with the guanciale, toss well in order to flavor the spaghetti.
  •  Turn off the heat 
  • Add into the pan the mixture of eggs and toss well; the heath of the spaghetti and the pan will cook the eggs gently.
  • Serve adding freshly ground black pepper and a teaspoon of grated pecorino cheese.



To create the carbonara cream, the eggs must absolutely cook slowly only with the heat of the pasta, otherwise, they will scramble.
If the dish does get a little dry before serving, splash in some more pasta water and the glossy sauciness will be revived.

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