Recipe courtesy of Fresco Cafe Italiano

Spaghetti alla Carbonara

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 30 min
  • Active: 15 min
  • Yield: 4 servings


Fresh Pasta:


  1. Fill a large pot with 6 quarts of water and add the salt. Bring the water to a boil.
  2. Fry the guanciale in a skillet until crispy; do not drain the fat drippings. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, beat the whole eggs with the Pecorino Romano cheese for 1 minute. Then add the freshly ground black pepper.
  4. At this point your water should be boiling. Add your pasta and cook it for 8 to 9 minutes or according to the instructions on the box (or if using fresh pasta, cook for 4 to 5 minutes). When the pasta is cooked al dente (chewy and firm), drain the pasta well, add the pasta to the bowl with the mixture of eggs and cheese, mix quickly and then finally add the guanciale with all the fat drippings. Stir quickly for a few more minutes and serve in hot bowls.

Fresh Pasta:

  1. Heap the flour into a pile on a wood or marble countertop. Make a large well or crater in the center, big enough to the hold the eggs like a bowl. Break the eggs in the center and knead for about 10 minutes, pausing after 5 minutes in order to let the dough relax. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap, and let it rest in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours. After the time, or you can roll out some sheets with a pasta sheet roller and cutter or cut with a knife.