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Easy Pasta Carbonara Recipe with Pancetta

Italian pasta dish complete with garlic flavors, pancetta, and a creamy sauce.
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Is pasta the same as spaghetti?

Pasta is a form of spaghetti. It uses the same ingredients, raw eggs and flour, as many other pasta variations.

Is pancetta safe to eat raw?

Yes, it is. Pancetta is cured with a process that kills bacteria, making it safe to eat raw. You can learn all about pancetta here.

What is pancetta made from?

Pancetta is made from pork. It is a cut of pork belly.

How long does pancetta take to cook?

Pancetta cubes take about 5 minutes to saute on the skillet. If the pancetta is in slices, about 2-3 minutes for each side.

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I don’t know about you, but we’re really big on carbs in our home. Especially if they come in the form of pasta. Especially if we’ve got a bowl of pasta carbonara on our table! The star of this recipe is definitely the pancetta. Diced pancetta is cooked in butter until it becomes crispy. Minced garlic is then added to the butter and pancetta for additional cooking. This is what elevates the simple pasta dish into something so incredible. The meaty and buttery pancetta is out of this world. Adding this to your cooked pasta is delicious enough. However, beaten eggs and parmesan are tossed into the pancetta and pasta. The heat from your freshly cooked pasta will help to slightly cook the eggs and turn the mixture into a light and creamy sauce.

Why You Should Make This Pasta Carbonara

It is extremely easy to make. You’re only cooking the pancetta and boiling your pasta. Everything else comes together at the end. You probably have most of the ingredients at home. It’s one of those recipes you can whip together even if you didn’t have anything planned for dinner. Most of these ingredients are probably already at your disposal. The only thing you might have to pick up is the pancetta – which can easily be replaced with bacon if that’s what you have at home. It tastes divine. It really does. It is an incredible comfort meal. You can even cook a large batch to serve to guests. They’ll absolutely love it. 12 2 700x1000 [block_content]

Here’s what you’ll need to make this simple pasta:

Butter: Unsalted Pancetta: Can be substituted for bacon Garlic: For boosting more flavor. A must. Eggs: Large size Cheese: Fresh parmesan cheese Pasta: Fettuccini, but you could also use a different shape. Salt and pepper to taste. 01 2 1000x668
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Simple Pasta Carbonara with Pancetta

Italian pasta dish complete with garlic flavors, pancetta, and a creamy sauce.
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Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: Italian, Meat Dishes
Allergy: Dairy Free, Nut Free
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 5
Calories: 345kcal

Equipment

  • knife
  • cutting board
  • Pot
  • skillet
  • spatula
  • strainer
  • whisk
  • tongs

Ingredients

  • ½ Tbsp butter
  • ¼ lb pancetta, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese
  • ½ lb fettuccini
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste

Instructions

  • Cook the pasta according to the directions on the box.
  • While pasta is cooking, melt butter in a large frying pan, add diced pancetta, and cook over medium heat until crispy.
  • Then add minced garlic and cook for 2 more minutes. Transfer the pancetta and garlic into a large bowl.
  • Beat the eggs in a small bowl until fluffy, then mix in the grated Parmesan cheese.
  • Toss everything to combine, and then add beaten eggs and cheese. You need to do this step quickly, as you want the pasta to be hot when you add eggs. It’s the heat from the pasta that will heat the eggs and create a light creamy sauce.
  • Mix once again until well combined. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Once the pasta is cooked, quickly drain it and move into the bowl with pancetta and garlic.
  • Serve immediately! Sprinkle each plate with parmesan cheese and chopped parsley. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 345kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 128mg | Sodium: 354mg | Potassium: 194mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 245IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 148mg | Iron: 1mg

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