If you can boil water, then making pasta carbonara is just a hop, skip, and a jump away. A quick dinner made from six everyday kitchen staples, carbonara is a comfort food standby in Italian kitchens for good reason. As the spaghetti cooks, you'll crisp up some pancetta in a skillet, whisk together eggs and cream on the side, and then toss it all together with and grated Parmesan to create a silky, creamy pasta that is perfect for any day of the week.
Incredible dish... i have made it numerous times.. the lemon rind cuts the heaviness of the cream and bacon to create a perfect combination.
Rating: 5 stars
We've made this numerous times and loved it. We also added chicken and mushrooms to the recipe, and a bit of cream cheese to the mixture and it's one of our favorite recipes now! Lots of room to experiment with this recipe.
Rating: 4 stars
I like to add a bit of red pepper flakes along with the garlic. It gives a little kick to the taste. I have also added juice from half a lemon to the cream, egg, and cheese mix, rather than lemon zest at the end. Tastes delicious!
My wife and I live in a little town just north of Rome where they take food very seriously, in particular the Cucina Romana. One thing we've noticed is food is subjective, it's nothing more than nostalgia and availability. Guanciale/Pancetta/bacon/Pecorino/Parmigiano it doesn't matter, just use what best that's available to you.
We wrote a piece about the origins of Crabonara if you don't mind
I have made this using several different recipes, and Martha's is by far the easiest, and most delicious.