Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Spaghetti Carbonara

Remember the chocolate angel food cake yesterday? The problem with making that cake is that you're left with at least 9 egg yolks. What to do with them? I was going to make pudding, or custard, or something along those lines, but we didn't have a lot of milk. We also had no cream. I looked up things to do with egg yolks, and pasta carbonara kept coming up. I'm not sure if I've ever had it before, but in theory it sounded good.

All you do is cook some pasta, save a little bit of the pasta water, mix it together with some cooked bacon, egg yolks, Parmesan cheese, and pepper, and voila! Pasta carbonara. The hot pasta cooks the egg yolks a bit, if you're worried about raw eggs. You can add things like peas for color, or mushrooms, or cream instead of pasta water, but that's more alfredo-y to me. This was delicious as it was, the only crazy thing I did was add a few cloves of garlic. This is a super simple meal, that takes only the amount of time it takes to cook pasta. Maybe not the healthiest, but we balanced it out with a big bowl of sauteed vegetables.

Pasta carbonara

gluten-free pasta of your choice
6 slices bacon, chopped into bits
4 cloves garlic, chopped
4-10 egg yolks
1/2 c Parmesan cheese
1/2 c pasta water
pepper, to taste

Start the pasta cooking according to the directions for whichever kind of pasta you're using. Cook the bacon until crispy, then drain, saving a few tablespoons of the fat. Cook the garlic in the fat until fragrant, and let cool a little. Mix together in a large bowl with the cooked bacon, garlic, egg yolks, and cheese. Once the pasta is cooked to your liking, add to the bowl with everything else, along with the pasta water. stir everything together, and serve immediately, sprinkling with as much pepper as you'd like.


  1. I love pasta carbonara! We usually use pancetta and sprinkle a little chopped parsley over the top. Looks delicious!

  2. I've yet to make pasta carbonara. This really makes me want to make it!! It sounds and looks delicious.

  3. Ooh, this sounds really good. I haven't had pasta carbona in ages! I never would have guessed how simple it is to make! I like Emily's idea of putting pancetta on top. That's how I remember eating it.

  4. Oh, yeah! This is a great way to use up those extra yokes! Thanks!

  5. I have *always* wanted to make this, but since I don't eat meat, I never have. This recipe and these pictures have reinvigorated my desire to find a vegetarian version of this. Looks great!

  6. Anonymous2:48 AM

    Awesome recipe. I absolutely loved it.
    Here’s a recipe for Fettuccine Carbonara you may like to try.
    Thanks for sharing.