Sunday, 10 September 2017

My Perfect Carbonara Recipe

Sometimes I think that I must have some Italian blood in me. My name is Panna after all, and the first thing that comes to mind for everyone who is not aware of this nickname version for Anna is Panna Cotta or Cafe con Panna. Panna means cream in Italian. When it comes to food I love Italian cuisine. Only thinking about pizza, risotto, seafood, tiramisu and of course pasta makes me dribble...

One of my quick and easy recipes that I have at least once a week for lunch or dinner is my Spaghetti Carbonara. It's a recipe that people make 1000 different ways, this is my version.
It takes around 10-12 minutes to make and I always have the ingredients at home.
For 1 portion you'll need:
2 eggs
Parmigiano/Pecorino cheese
2 garlic cloves
olive oil

1. The first thing you need to do is boil some water (I usually put the kettle on to make it faster) in a large pan with salt for the spaghetti and cook it al dente. It takes about 8-9 minutes but you can keep trying it if you are unsure. (If you're cooking with your partner this is a great opportunity for a Lady and The Tramp inspired smooch.)

2. Simultaneously heat up a tiny bit of olive oil and add the peeled crushed garlic. The oil will get a nice garlicky flavour from this that I absolutely love. If you're not a fan of garlic you can skip this step.

3. Add the lardons/bacon pieces and fry them with the garlic. I usually cut up 2 rashers or use a small handful of lardons and that's more than enough for me but if you are especially hungry just add more. 

4. While the heat is doing its thing in our pans, we can prepare the concoction that will give the creaminess to our pasta. 
Separate the eggs, we only need the yolks for this recipe and add your spices to taste.
I don't tend to use salt because the bacon and cheese will give a salty taste anyway but again, we all have different tastes... I am generous with the pepper and nutmeg. Sometimes I even add some extra garlic granules (I love garlic, sorry) but spicing is all up to you.
Lastly, grate a good amount of parmesan/pecorino and mix it all together.
You will get a sticky mixture, and you might think how will this become a delicious pasta, but just wait it out and have faith... ;D

5. Our pasta should be ready by now, so it's time to put our dish together.
Take the fried garlic pieces out (A little tip is to put the garlic in a separate bag if you don't take your bin down right after you cooked because it will get really stinky overnight in the kitchen bin.), add the cooked pasta to the frying pan and mix it with the bacon.
I always add a bit of the pasta's cooking water (probably around four tablespoons) because it helps with the creaminess.

6. All you need to do now is pour the yolk-spice-parmesan mixture on the pasta and toss it all together. I do this either off the heat or with very low heat because the freshly cooked spaghetti and the hot cooking water we added earlier will help to cook the eggs. Your best tool is a tong in my opinion.

7. When you get an evenly covered, glossy pasta you are ready to plate up. Grate a bit more cheese on top and tuck in! Enjoy! 

It's so delicious! Let me know if you try it!



  1. panna is such a gorgeous name! loooove that.

    carbonarra is a serious favourite of mine, i reckon i'd genuinely eat it every day if i could. such a hearty meal, espesh as it's getting chillier in the evenings now where i am! time for ALL THE CARBS!

    katie. xx

    1. Thanks Katie! :) It's my motto too, I eat all the carbs to get my winter body ready! Haha! xx

  2. I love pasta! And carbonara is for sure my favorite, I could eat it everyday!! Yours looks really good, my mouth is watering!! xx

    1. Pasta is the best, especially in the colder months it's so comforting! :) xx

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