Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Chatterbox's Creamy Carbonara


This is one of those dishes that people always say they really enjoy in a restaurant, but when they try to make it at home it ends on disaster. Hopefully this quick and simple recipe will enable you to give this classic dish a try.

Timing, it can all be prepped and made in the time it takes for the spaghetti to cook.

Ingredients you will need to make for 4 people:
250g of spaghetti per person,
1 x egg,
1 x onion or a few shallots,
1x clove of garlic,
3 to 4 x rashers of bacon (you can use streaky, lardons or just your normal rashers)
175ml of double cream per person,
150g or Parmesan, I like mine cheesey so you may wish to use an little less. 100g should be just fine and then you can use a little extra on top at the end,
A dash of olive oil,
Salt, pepper and fresh basil to season.

Equipment you will need:

Sharp knife,
Stiring stick,
Mixing bowl,
Saucepan big enough for cooking spaghetti,
frying pan,
and a cheese grater.


  • Pop on the kettle and get the pasta boiling.
  • Dice onion and garlic and lightly fry (until golden), with a drizzle of olive oil in the frying pan. Once fried put aside in a small container or on some kitchen roll.

  • Crack the egg into the bowl, add the cream. Whisk lightly.
  • Grate the Parmesan, and whisk into the egg and cream mix, season with salt and pepper.
  •  Slice the bacon into sqaures/ chunks and fry.
  • Once the spaghetti is cooked, drain and return to the saucepan.
  • Then quickly add, the onions, bacon and creamy cheese mix to the saucepan and stir. The heat from the spaghetti will cook the egg, so give it a stir for a good 2 minutes.

  • Dish up, and artistically arrange the basil.
  • Et viola! :)
You can either make 2 HUGE portions like I did, or 4 normal, and serve it up with a light salad and garlic bread :) If you make this please let me know how it goes and send me pictures of you creations.


The CB

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