Spaghetti carbonara is one of the best known Italian recipes around the World. Authentic spaghetti carbonara does not contain milk or cream, yet outside Italy you often get it served with a thick, creamy sauce. Egg yolks and flavorful Pecorino cheese melt together in the authentic version thanks to the own heat of the pasta, forming a rich, creamy sauce.
Please read my tips on the ingredients below the recipe, as you can find it hard to obtain the authentic ingredients at first.
Try this authentic spaghetti carbonara recipe for yourself, and see how real Italian dishes are different!
Authentic Spaghetti Carbonara Recipe
Authentic spaghetti carbonara contains raw eggs. Make this dish only at your own risk, and be sure to use only fresh eggs from a reliable source!
- Cut Guanciale (or bacon) into 1/2 inch (1 cm) pieces.
- Put your Guanciale in a saucepan, and start browning it on low heat.
- Boiling water in a large pot. When it’s boiling, add salt and spaghetti. Cook it al dente (Usually 7-8 minutes). Pay attention to how much salt you use, Guanciale or bacon might be very salty.
- In the meantime, make the “sauce” for your authentic spaghetti carbonara. Put 4 yolks and one whole egg in a large bowl.
- Add grated Pecorino cheese (or Parmigiano Reggiano), and salt and pepper to taste (again, be careful with the salt).
- Mix the egg and Pecorino with a whisk.
- When the guanciale is crisp and brown, put it in a plate and let it cool.
- Once the guanciale reached room temperature, add it to the egg-Pecorino mix and stir. You don’t want to make this while the Guanciale is still hot, as you’re not making scrambled eggs.
- Once the pasta is cooked al dente, you have to work fast. The sauce of authentic spaghetti carbonara is basically eggs and Pecorino cheese forming a rich, creamy sauce by the heat of the spaghetti. Be it too cold, you won’t get a real sauce. Be it too hot, you get spaghetti with scrambled eggs. Drain the spaghetti, wait for a few seconds, and toss it in the egg-Pecorino mix.
- Your authentic spaghetti carbonara is ready. Serve hot.
What About The Ingredients?
There are two ingredients in the authetic spaghetti carbonara, that may be difficult to get hold of where you live.
- Pecorino cheese is a hard Italian cheese, made of ewe’s milk. You can find it in some specialty stores, order it online from Amazon or substitute with Parmesan cheese.
- Guanciale is a type of Italian cured meat product prepared from pork jowl or cheeks. Its name is derived from guancia, Italian for cheek. Again, find it in speciality stores or order it from Amazon. As for any substitution, use smoked bacon.
How to serve authentic spaghetti carbonara
Following this recipe, you can make perfect, flavorful and authentic spaghetti carbonara at home, ready in 25 minutes. Flavors of the salty and smoky guanciale and the premium Pecorino cheese melt together to form a rich, creamy sauce on the pasta. Sprinkle with grated Pecorino cheese and serve it warm.
Spaghetti carbonara is a high calorie-content comfort food, best served in cold, rainy days.
Serves 4 as entrée, or 2-3 as main course.
Original name: Spaghetti alla Carbonara