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How much cream to add? It’s not in your list of ingredients.
Hi Chin, this recipe is the more traditional carbonara that doesn’t use cream. If you want to add cream you can add a tablespoon or two at the end. If you want a more creamy sauce for your pasta, I recommend checking out our make-ahead Alfredo Sauce.
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the instructions are quite confusing…
Sorry this disappointed you. We’d love to know more about what’s confusing in the instructions, because we want our recipes to be easy for you to follow. I did notice there’s not amounts given for how much pasta cooking water to reserve, or to add back to the cooked pasta. Those things you have to eyeball, but if we gave a range it would be helpful.
You mention that it’s important to cool the pasta and that it’s tricky to get it right but you don’t even give a ballpark amount of time?
Actually, Trista, you don’t want to cool the pasta–if it’s not hot-hot, the eggs won’t form a creamy sauce. Working quickly after draining the pasta is paramount to having success.
One thing I’ve done that’s a little more failsafe is to have the beaten eggs in a bowl, and to quickly whisk in a few tablespoons of reserved pasta cooking water to temper them. This makes them less likely to curdle once you toss them with the cooked pasta. Is this only confusing you more? I hope not.
I had an issue with a bitter after taste? I’m not sure if maybe I sautéed the minced garlic a little too long? Was sure I didn’t though. The bacon wasn’t over cooked…Do we drain the bacon fat or use it all? There was quite a bit and I did not drain it so next time I’ll try less garlic and I’ll drain the bacon fat.Great taste for us, until we got the bitterness of the after taste ♀️
I’m guessing the garlic burned a bit, and that’s what gave you the bitter aftertaste.
Unless there’s a ton of bacon fat, don’t drain it…it’s part of the sauce. American bacon gives off more fat than pancetta, in my experience, so if you feel like your bacon is giving off a ton of grease, go ahead and remove some (but not all) of the drippings. Just eyeball it!
Went down well
Very good, and the best instructions yet that I’ve read for the technique. It worked like a charm on the first try.
Variations: I ground lots of pepper in with the egg/cheese mixture – we like pepper! I threw some frozen peas in with the spaghetti just before it was finished boiling, and sprinkled on some chopped Italian parsley while serving, too. It’s the dead of winter in Canada, so I need all the cheerful colour I can get.
Peas are a great addition- or try very thin cooked asparagus chopped into 3/4 inch pieces. Got it from a restaurant in Umbria
One of our new favorites! It’s delicious and comes out perfectly every time!
Great recipe! Only thing I did was up the garlic because we’re huge garlic lovers and let the egg cook until scrambled a bit because I’m 8 months pregnant and a little cautious with things. Even so it was absolutely delicious and I’ve went back for more several times before just giving up and eating out of the pot. (I figure about to pop out a baby is one of the few times we’re allowed to act like a savage haha)Seriously good. 10/10
I made half the recipe for 3 adults and used buccatini. Perfect amount as it’s so rich. (Served it with a side broccoli sauteed in Evoo and garlic.) One does not want leftovers of this. Recipe worked well. Only thing I did differently was to add a few tablespoons of the pasta water to the egg mixture slowly and before I added the cheese and obviously before adding the pasta. This tempered the eggs. Much less likely to scramble/overcook the eggs. Thought you might want to try it and if you like it, revise your recipe, especially since you warn about overcooking the eggs several times. Thank you f for a quick, easy and delicious carbonara recipe!
This recipe is a hit. I’ve tried many others but this comes out perfect every time I’ve made it. So easy!
Easy to make and delicious.
I made this dish tonight for my family. It was delicious!
Thank you for posting the recipe. My children and wife already want me to make it again!
It was super easy and delicious… family loved it ! I used thick sliced bacon so did not need the olive and I used 1 big clove of garlic which was not overpowering at all. Loved the suggestion of adding pasta water to Keep the noodles moist !
This was really good! The recipe was simple to follow, and everyone loved the dish!
I’m so glad you liked it Tomasz!
I made this at Manukau institute of technology and this was so good that I want to make it again
Turned out delicious! I added chicken and peas. So easy!
I’m so glad you liked it eccarter! Good way to add more protein with the chicken and peas.
Made this again, last night. Son has to avoid tomatoes for a while. This is so easy and delicious. Every time I went back to check the recipe, I took a sip of wine! Dinner was amazing! Thanks so much for bringing such yummy recipes!
Thank you for sharing this recipe! The only modification I made was to pour off about half of the bacon / olive oil fat before mixing in all the noodles, etc. Wonderful, creamy, so rich.
I’m so glad you like it Yvonne!