Authentic Italian Pasta Carbonara

by Anna on August 20, 2010

in Pasta,World Food

This week was my hubby’s birthday and we had the brilliant idea to go celebrate it in an amusement park. We decided to go to 6 flags, and this shows how naïve we are. We thought… what’s the big deal? It’s just a couple of roller coasters. Right? We are not scared, we can do that, we are not too old for that.

So let me describe to you our experience there. Let’s start with the weather, we live in Santa Monica, just a few blocks from the beach, and it’s always nice here with a nice breeze. I even took a cardigan in case I felt cold. Hahahahaha! We got there and it was a Sahara desert hot. Then we got this “flash pass” with this virtual ride reservation system that holds your place in line electronically. So without reading anything or give a second thought, we got to this ride called The Viper. OMG! Really O- M- G! It was the most excruciating horrible feeling ever, EVAAAAAAR. I felt so freaking scared you don’t even know… I probably had 50 mini heart attacks from point A to Point B. Here is the description of the Viper: “The world’s tallest vertical loop at 14 stories, and two other loops at 9 stories and 6 stories. Add to that a 4-story corkscrew and a double-barrel boomerang turn”. Okay…If I had read that I would never set foot even close to this Viper. So after my near death experience in that thing, we spent the rest of the day at “Bugs Bunny world” LOL There was no freaking way I would put my behinds on any of those rides again. So lesson learned here: We are only young in our delusional minds. LOL

All right, let’s talk food, Safe, Secure, no Loops food. Did you guys see the No Reservation (Antonio Bourdain) program this Monday? It was Italian heaven; did you spend the whole program drooling? Did you consider going pack your belongings and moving to Italy? Or it was just me?

How beautiful was that? I absolutely love the Italians, man…. they know how to transform something as simple as eggs and cheese into a heavenly tasty dish. I recorded the program and told my hubby if he erases it I will look for a lawyer. LOL

So today I tried the pasta Carbonara …it was so good. I have done Carbonara before but in a completely different way, (wrong way obviously). Their recipe was really simple and amazingly delicious. So… Mangia, mangia che te fa bene.

Authentic Italian Pasta Carbonara


  • 7oz spaghetti
  • 2 thick slice of pancetta
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese + extra to serve
  • ½ cup pecorino Romano
  • 2 free-range egg yolks and 1 whole egg beaten
  • Hand full of basil to serve


Cook the spaghetti according to the pack instructions. While it’s cooking heat a non-stick frying pan and when very hot add the pancetta. Cook until crispy then remove from the pan and drain on kitchen paper towel. Mix the Parmesan, pecorino into the eggs and season with black pepper. Whisking until you get a paste. When the pasta is cooked scoop the spaghetti and add to the fry pan stir in the eggs/cheese paste. The heat from the pasta should cook the eggs without curdling it. Add 1 small ladle with the pasta water.  Stir through the Pancetta and the basil and serve immediately.

{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

The Duo Dishes August 31, 2010 at 8:16 AM

It doesn’t take a lot of ingredients to make something awesome. Looks so decadent and rich.

sarah August 29, 2010 at 3:05 PM

This is my favorite birthday dinner. I make it for myself b/c it’s not everyone else’s favorite. So simple and so perfect.

Anna August 24, 2010 at 8:54 PM

Montezuma’s Revenge sounds scare already. I’m glad I’m alive. LOL The frypan is from Bed Bath & Beyond, that blue is my favorite color too. Have a great week Denise. 🙂

Jean August 24, 2010 at 8:16 PM

I can’t resist a great carbonara, prepared authentically like this one. Sadly, most restaurant versions are laden with cream. This is perfect! You hit the nail on the head with one of my all-time favorite pasta dishes. Nice job!

denise @ quickies on the dinner table August 24, 2010 at 7:40 PM

Coaster rides and I don’t mix 😛 I went up Montezuma’s Revenge at Knott,s Berry Farm and it scared me good. The ride was so CRAZY, the lenses from my glasses fell out of their frames!!!! I had to be lifted out of the seat because my legs had turned to water 😛

I love Pasta Carbonara – just six ingredients to bliss 😉 Please tell me, what frying pan the pancetta is frying in. The handle is in my favourite color!!!

Anna August 24, 2010 at 6:25 AM

Hi Tamar, I’m sure you can use turkey bacon, I would just add a bit more olive oil. Have a great week.

kristy August 24, 2010 at 3:59 AM

Ooo.. I love your simple neat sauce! See if I can try it out too. Thanks. Your spaghetti looks lucious. Have a wonderful day.
Cheers, kristy

Tamar August 23, 2010 at 10:00 PM

I wonder if it would work just as well with turkey bacon?

RavieNomNoms August 23, 2010 at 11:36 AM

Fantastic photos!!

Sommer @ A Spicy Perspective August 22, 2010 at 8:07 PM

What a gorgeous carbonara! Beautiful snap, as always!

Patty Price August 22, 2010 at 12:28 PM

Your pasta carbonara looks amazing, I haven’t made this recipe for years but I always loved it!

Anna August 22, 2010 at 6:45 AM

Thanks Lori, I know I thought I was more bad ass, but apparently I’m a sissy. LOL

Lori August 21, 2010 at 3:16 PM

Ha, ha! I absolutely loved roller coasters when I was in high school and early college. The more turns and upside-downs the better. Then I went a few years without going on one, and returned a couple years ago with my niece. I was done! Not only did it freak me out, but I spent the whole time worried that she was okay. I’ve waved the white flag and while I rarely say I’m too old for something – I’m too old for roller coasters! 🙂

Love this Carbonara. No Reservations is sitting on my DVR waiting for me to watch this week’s episode. Happy Birthday to your husband!

Mika August 20, 2010 at 11:47 PM

I feel scared and sick when I see mini mini mini roller coasters for children.
I can’t imagine the experience.
Your carbonara looks amazing…now that I’m vegetarian I can make it only with veggies and with zucchini is super.

Have a nice we!

Cook with Madin August 20, 2010 at 5:37 PM

I’ve never set foot on those rides in so many years. I don’t think I can handle them like before. LOL, Bunny World, that I can handle.
Yes, I watched the show. My eyes were totally glued to the TV, everything were fantastic. I thought I was the only one who thought about moving to Italy.
Your Pasta Carbonara, is gorgeous and the photos are amazing (they always are). I have not made this dish in a long time. After reading your post, your recipe was added right away to my “must make” list.
I hope your husband will not forget not to erase the recorded show. You are very funny.
Have a great weekend Anna.

Tamy August 20, 2010 at 1:44 PM

vc é d+++++++++++++++++++++++++++!!!! Adorei…

Belinda @zomppa August 20, 2010 at 1:24 PM

Perfection. Funny how roller coasters seem SO MUCH scarier when you age!

Magic of Spice August 20, 2010 at 1:19 PM

Gorgeous! I have not prepared this dish in such a long time. Beautiful job 🙂

5 Star Foodie August 20, 2010 at 12:50 PM

Wow, this pasta carbonara sure looks delicious! Perfect!

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction August 20, 2010 at 11:55 AM

Ooh… That carbonara looks incredible. I would love to have that for dinner (especially if I could convince you to come to my house and prepare it!)

Gabi August 20, 2010 at 11:07 AM

Wow! I didn’t realize it was so easy to make carbonara. No elaborate creme sauce involved – this definitely seems up my ally. They didn’t really eat this kind of pasta where I lived in Italy, so I have only seen it here in there states in really strange iterations. There is one Italian small plate place in Boston that serve carbonara with sea urchin!

Adelina August 20, 2010 at 9:29 AM

Ha… Magic Mountain… Last time I was there was 12 years ago, when I was still dating. I do remember loving the crazy rides, including the Viper. But after 2 kids, I have been too chicken to face Magic Mountain. Your story was entertaining and if I were to go back, I would feel the same.
As far as your pasta, it looks yummy. I need to look for Anthony’s program. I am glad your husband did not erase it. lol

Evan @swEEts August 20, 2010 at 8:35 AM

Egg recall or not this needs to be made as soon as possible!! uhhh delicious!

Kath August 20, 2010 at 7:19 AM

The Viper?? What were you thinking? Reading your description is as close as I ever want to get!

I’m going to have to check out that episode of “No Reservations”. Your spaghetti carbonara looks amazing!

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