Delicious Authentic Carbonara with Crispy Pancetta

Delicious Authentic Carbonara with Crispy Pancetta

Carbonara is a classic Italian pasta dish that is both rich and satisfying, featuring creamy egg sauce, savory pancetta, and sharp Pecorino Romano. This recipe brings together the simple ingredients to create a luxurious, velvety pasta that is sure to become a favorite in your household.


  • 200g (7 oz) spaghetti
  • 100g (3.5 oz) pancetta, diced
  • 2 large eggs
  • 50g (1.75 oz) Pecorino Romano cheese, finely grated
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • Fresh parsley, chopped (optional, for garnish)


  1. ###Cook the Spaghetti###: Fill a large pot with water, add a generous amount of salt, and bring it to a boil. Cook the spaghetti according to the package instructions until al dente. Reserve 1 cup of pasta water and then drain the spaghetti.
  2. ###Prepare the Pancetta###: While the pasta is cooking, heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the diced pancetta and cook until it is crispy, about 5-7 minutes. Add the minced garlic and sauté for about 1 minute, or until fragrant. Remove the skillet from heat and set it aside.
  3. ###Mix the Sauce###: In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs and finely grated Pecorino Romano cheese until well combined. Season with a pinch of salt and a generous amount of black pepper.
  4. ###Combine Pasta and Sauce###: Quickly return the skillet with the pancetta and garlic to low heat. Add the drained spaghetti to the skillet and toss to combine. Remove the skillet from the heat and pour in the egg and cheese mixture, stirring quickly to coat the pasta (the residual heat from the pasta will cook the eggs and form a creamy sauce). If the sauce is too thick, gradually add some reserved pasta water until you reach the desired consistency.
  5. ###Serve and Garnish###: Divide the carbonara among serving plates, garnish with freshly chopped parsley if desired, and sprinkle with additional black pepper and Pecorino Romano cheese.

Enjoy your delicious Carbonara with Crispy Pancetta, a comforting and elegant Italian classic that is perfect for any occasion!