The name “Carbonara” derived from “carbonaro” (the Italian word for charcoal burner), which makes some believe the dish was first invented as a meal for Italian charcoal workers. What is certain is that it is a dish from Rome and it was conceived after World War II.

Carbonara has suffered many alterations, mainly because certain people can’t stand the idea of eating, namely, a dish with “raw egg”. In reality, the eggs used in the carbonara are very slowly cooked by the hot pasta added in the end.

I was about to use Spaghetti in this recipe, but so many pasta types are acceptable, so I finally went for the linguine as a last minute alternative.

Attention: the original carbonara contains no sign of cream!

 

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Cooking time: 20 min

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Ingredients for 4-5 servings:

– 500g long pasta (spaghetti, linguine or fettucine)

– 2 eggs

– 100g bacon (or, like in Italy, pancetta)

– 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped

– 200g parmesan

– salt and freshly ground pepper

 

1.

Boil the water where you are going to cook the pasta. You’ll add the pasta when the salted water starts boiling.

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2.

In the meantime, chop (if in slices) or dice the bacon.

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3.

Whisk the two eggs in a large bowl, where all your cooked pasta would fit.

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4.

In case your parmesan is not already grated, grate it in a food processor. I stopped the machine before it turns to powder, you can continue to grate it as thin as you like.DSC_0670

 

5.

Finely chop or crush the garlic cloves.

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6.

Put the bacon in a pan with some olive oil. When it starts turning brown, add the garlic and remove them from the fire in a minute.

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7.

A minute before you drain the pasta, mix the parmesan and the eggs.

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8.

While the pasta is still VERY hot, throw it in the bowl and stir quickly. Also add the bacon from the pan.

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9.

After stirring for a minute, let the pasta absorb all the eggs for 1-2 minutes.

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10.

You are ready to serve an enjoy! Bon appetit!

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Here is a video version of this recipe:

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