Spaghetti is the time-honored partner for carbonara sauce, a Roman favorite made from pancetta, garlic, Parmesan and Romano cheese, lots of freshly ground black pepper, and eggs—which are tossed, uncooked, into the hot pasta just before serving.

Martha Stewart Living, February 2005


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Recipe Summary



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  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil; add salt. Add pasta; cook until al dente. Drain. While pasta cooks, cook pancetta in a large skillet over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, 6 to 7 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer pancetta to a bowl.

  • Reduce heat to medium-low. Add oil to skillet; heat until hot but not smoking. Add garlic; cook until golden, about 3 minutes. Lightly beat eggs in a large serving bowl; set aside. Add pasta to skillet; toss. Transfer to eggs. Add cheeses and pancetta; toss. Season with pepper.

Cook's Notes

The eggs in this dish are not fully cooked; it should not be prepared for pregnant women, babies, young children, the elderly, or anyone whose health is compromised.