Carbonara. The Roman traditional recipe.


The famous Pasta alla Carbonara is one of the most important and traditional dishes of Rome. Made with simple and “poor” ingredients, Romans use to say this delicious pasta was born after the Carboneria, a secret revolutionary society particularly active in the 18th century.

However there are different stories and myths about its origin, some even related to the American allies during the 2 WW. But, so far, we know for sure that Carbonara is a huge stone of the Roman culinary art.

Oh, by the way!

Forget parsley, basil, mozzarella, peas, ham. Or worst! Garlic!!!

F-O-R-G-E-T- T-H-E-M!!!!!!

Spaghetti alla Carbonara:


  • 4 thick slices of smoked pancetta. Trader Joe’s has a good one already chopped, otherwise you can replace it with 4 thick cut slices of smoked bacon.
  • 4 eggs (2 whole eggs and 2 yolks)
  • Pecorino Romano cheese (2 spoons plus service)
  • pinch of salt
  • black pepper
  • 1 spoon of EV olive oil


  1. Chop the bacon in cubes.
  2. In a bowl, beat 2 whole eggs and 2 yolks, with 2 spoons of Romano cheese, a pinch of ground black pepper and a pinch of salt

3. Heat 1 spoon of EV olive oil in a sauce pan along with the bacon and cook for 2/3 minutes.

Carbonara - cooking bacon
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4. When bacon looks almost burnt, soften with a little bit of white wine and remove the pan from the stove.

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5.Boil a gallon of water,add marine salt and then, a pound of pasta.

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6. When cooking time is over, drain the pasta little by little…Using a big salad fork! Yes. Dont get rid of the water, because you wi

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7. Move the pasta in the sauce pan and stir it with the bacon. If the spaghetti don’t seem to you very glossy, add a pair of spoons of the cooking water we have previously saved.

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8. Take the bowl and poor the liquid (eggs, salt, pepper, Romano) in the sauce pan. Watch out! The stove needs to be off, otherwise the eggs/romano mixture will be scrambled!

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9. Stir pasta and bowl mixture all together until everything looks creamy.

10. Finishing with a sprinkling of grated Romano on top.

Carbonara. Which pasta do i use?

Traditionally, as you have seen, i would say spaghetti. But Mezze maniche and penne are perfect as well!

Now, just enjoy your traditional, original and real Carbonara!


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