Spaghetti Carbonara

When I stayed in Italy we would cook dinner together most nights.  Usually we made some kind of pasta dish and one that I specifically asked to learn was Carbonara.  It's simple, and still sussing out the exact ingredients, but here's what I've got!

Ingredients PER PERSON:

  • 1 Fresh Egg at room temperature
  • 4-5 oz dry spaghetti
  • 3 oz guanciale cut into small cubes
  • 2-3 heaping tablespoons grated Parmagiano Regiano cheese
  • 2-3 heaping tablespoons grated Pecorino cheese
  • 1 tsp fresh ground pepper


  1. Boil a large pot of water with a LOT of salt 
  2. Add pasta to water (Look at your pasta for cooking instructions for time, but the pasta I purchased took about 14 minutes to cook)
  3. While pasta boils cook guanciale in a large pan until brown and fat has cooked. 
  4. Drain most of the fat and set the pan aside
  5. In a small bowl whisk egg and cheese together
  6. Before draining pasta, take about a tablespoon of pasta water per person and place aside
  7. Drain pasta
  8. Add pasta and water to the pan with guanciale and place over medium heat
  9. Stir for about 30 seconds 
  10. Remove from heat and quickly stir in the cheese and egg
  11. Stir in the pepper and serve!