Recipe Shed: Classic Pasta Carbonara

I’ve adapted this from James Martin’s Penne Carbonara which he cooked on a recent episode of Saturday Kitchen. James used 6 egg yolks but I thought that would make it too rich. The beauty of this recipe is it can be on the table in about 10 mins – less if you use fresh pasta.

Serves 2-4

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
300g streaky bacon, chopped
4 free-range egg yolks
50g parmesan, grated, plus extra for serving
200ml double cream
salt and freshly ground black pepper
350g pasta shells (James used penne, but I didn’t have any)
3 tbsp chopped fresh flatleaf parsley
Preparation method

1. Heat a frying pan until hot. Add the olive oil and streaky bacon and cook for 3-5 mins, or until crisp. Remove the pancetta from the pan and set aside to drain on kitchen paper.
2. Whisk the egg yolks, parmesan and cream in a bowl and season, to taste, with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Add the bacon and parsley and stir through.
3. Cook the penne according to pack instructions in a pan of salted boiling water, approx. 8 mins.
4, Drain the pasta and add it to the cream mixture, stirring continuously until smooth. Serve.


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2 Responses to Recipe Shed: Classic Pasta Carbonara

  1. Excellent recipe My whole family loved it. The only change was I added 1 cup of sour cream to the pasta, its my family secret ingred.