Classic Spaghetti Carbonara Recipe

Try this classic spaghetti carbonara recipe from The Pasta Book by Gennaro Contaldo

© Jamie Oliver Enterprises Ltd (2015 The Pasta Book) Photographer: David Loftus

Serves 2

Total time: 10 minutes

• 3 large free-range egg yolks
• 40g Parmesan cheese, plus extra to serve
• Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
• 1 x 150g piece of higher-welfare pancetta
• 200g spaghetti
• 1 clove of garlic, peeled
• Extra-virgin olive oil

1. Put the egg yolks in a bowl, finely grate in the Parmesan, season with pepper, then mix well with a fork and put to one side. Cut any hard skin off the pancetta and set aside, then chop the meat.

2. Cook the spaghetti in a large pot of boiling salted water until al dente. Meanwhile, rub the pancetta skin, if you have any, all over the base of a medium fry pan (this will add fantastic flavour, or use 1 Tbsp of oil instead), then place on a medium-high heat.

3. Crush the garlic clove with the palm of your hand, add it to the pan and leave it to flavour the fat for a minute. Stir in the pancetta, then cook for 4 minutes, or until it starts to crisp.

4. Pick out and discard the garlic from the pan, then, reserving some of the cooking water, drain and add the spaghetti. Toss well over the heat so it soaks up all that lovely flavour, then remove the pan from the heat. Add a splash of the cooking water and toss well, season with pepper, then pour in the egg mixture — the pan will help to cook the egg gently, rather than scrambling it. Toss well, adding more cooking water until it’s lovely and glossy. Serve with a grating of Parmesan and an extra twist of pepper.

5. Use ready-sliced quality pancetta if you can’t buy it in one piece. It’s traditional to use spaghetti in this recipe, but bucatini or rigatoni are just as good.

The Pasta Book by Gennaro Contaldo is published by Penguin in Jamie’s Food Tube Book series, $19.99.

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