Spaghetti alla carbonaraI have decided to share my recipe for carbonara, it’s really easy using just a few ingredients, and can easily feed a crowd! Perfect to feed a hoard of hungry teenagers!! I thought this would be a perfect first blog because of the simplicity. This has become a firm family favourite after going to Caldesi Italian Cookery school in London (for me it was the perfect birthday present) All I sometimes add to the original recipe is fresh parsley.

Serves 4

  • 20ml olive oil
  • 350g smoked bacon or pancetta
  • 100ml White wine
  • 500g dried pasta, such as spaghetti or linguine
  • 5 eggs
  • 6g black pepper ( freshly ground in a pepper mill)
  • 100g Parmesan, grated

Bring a large saucepan of salted water (make sure you use enough salt) to the boil for the pasta.

meanwhile, heat the oil in a large frying pan and, when hot, add the bacon and fry until crispy. add the wine and reduce for a couple of mins. Set aside.

Now put the pasta into the boiling water and cook until al dente. Beat the eggs and black pepper together. Drain the cooked pasta in a colander,( I always reserve some of the water just incase you need it to loosen the pasta) return it to the pan OFF the heat and add the beaten egg, bacon and 80g of the Parmesan, stir well to combine. Serve in warm bowls with the rest of the cheese scattered over the top and parsley if using.

I always serve it with crusty bread and a glass of wine … Enjoy

Let me know if you try it! x

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