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This rich Italian favorite is flavored with a sauce of pancetta, cream, eggs, and Parmesan.

Source: Martha Stewart Living, September 2000



Cook's Notes

Raw eggs should not be used in food prepared for pregnant women, babies, young children, the elderly, or anyone whose health is compromised.

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  • Drupaler
    19 JAN, 2011
    You can leave out cream, for a lighter dish. And use a little milk as needed, if it looks dry.
  • AngelinaAurora
    17 AUG, 2010
    This is my 'go to' Carbonara recipe. Simple to prepare and just a few ingredients. Throw in some thawed frozen spinach, cooked broccoli or rapini to get some veggies in. If you follow the directions you won't be disappointed!
  • danielviger72
    8 MAR, 2010
    This was fantastic start to finish.. just follow the directions and you'll have no problem what so ever!! I served this at a dinner party!! What a huge Hit! Thanks Martha!!!! dan viger
  • roxy_surfing21
    10 FEB, 2009
    A little disappointed... This recipes ingredients are off. You should us six eggs and a 1/2 of cup of cream and 1/2 cup of parm, not two cups. This is why the food was ruined.
  • roxy_surfing21
    10 FEB, 2009
    The parm is very clumpy. How do you avoid that? any suggestions....
  • nanebra
    21 JAN, 2009
    my family loves this recipe, but I make it a little differently. I use bacon instead of pancetta, and I use 3 whole eggs...however, I follow the same directions. Italian food is great, and here in Brazil the typical day to eat pasta is on Thursday and Sunday....
  • Faelyn
    7 JAN, 2009
    Use 3 egg yolks, 1 whole egg and no heavy cream, to respect the traditional italian recipe. With mushrooms or tomato, it's tomato/mushrooms pasta, not carbonara.
  • Tryingsomethingnew
    6 NOV, 2008
    This was great I used less salt, and a less fatty form of pancetta. I think the addition of garlic would kick it up a notch.
  • roselleyumang
    16 JUL, 2008
    my husband
  • Gamie
    17 APR, 2008
    Sometimes I add chopped fresh plum tomatoes or mushrooms plus garlic to mine for a different taste.When I have no pancetta I use bacon.

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