spaghetti carbonara

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quick and easy carbonara....I have found that using double the cream suggested makes for a moister mix....but that is all dependant on taste and dietary requirements

Preparation time: 10
Cooking time: 25

Difficulty: Medium - experience needed
Serves: 4


400g spaghetti
1 tbs olive oil
200g sliced flat pancetta (see note), cut into 1cm-wide strips
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
3 eggs, plus 1 extra yolk
100ml thickened cream
2/3 cup (50g) freshly grated parmesan, plus extra to serve
2 tbs chopped flat-leaf parsley leaves


1. Cook pasta in a large pan of boiling salted water according to the packet instructions. Meanwhile, heat oil in a frypan over medium heat. Cook pancetta, stirring, for 2-3 minutes until beginning to crisp. Add garlic for 30 seconds, then set pan aside.

2. Place eggs, yolk, cream and parmesan in a bowl. Season, then mix gently with a fork. Drain pasta, then return to pan. Quickly add egg and pancetta mixtures and parsley. Toss to combine - the heat from the pasta will cook the egg slightly and form a creamy sauce. Serve immediately with extra parmesan.


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