Spicy Pasta Carbonara

Ever since I sat down and really looked at what we were spending on take-out, I have been on the search for quick, easy, and delicious meals to make for those late nights.  Pasta is always a good fall-back on dish to have around the house.  We do enjoy making our own pasta but for emergency meals, I always keep some dried pasta on hand, just in case.  Another staple that I keep in the freezer is a little pancetta;  it is a great addition to eggs, salads, and pasta.  My take on Pasta Carbonara has become a regular guest at our dinner table.  This recipe is a little salty.  A little spicy.  A little creamy.

When I mentioned my new found late night nibble to a couple friends, they all asked the same thing, “aren’t you afraid of using raw eggs?”  I had never really thought about it before, and in all honesty I did not want to start worrying about it;  but, I wanted to serve this dish to some dinner guests, and figured this would be a good time to figure out a way to avoid the “raw egg” issue. For this recipe I coddle the eggs with the boiling pasta.  Then before serving, I toss the pasta with the coddled egg yolks, and then add the sizzling hot sauce, and the cheese, lightly tossing just to combine, to make a creamy sauce that hugs every strand of pasta.  This is going to become your fall-back-on recipe;  I just know it!

If you like this recipe, check these out:

Pasta Carbonara

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  1. Love this, I’ve been intending to make spaghetti carbonara forever.

  2. Carbonara is a longtime favorite :-) I absolutely love your spicy take on this dish.

  3. Looks terrific — the egg is a real standout.

  4. This has always been one of my favorite pasta dishes of all time. Simple yet enticingly flavorful. Love your twist to it. And the photos…superb as always.

  5. This is my all-time favorite pasta dish. Your preparation looks amazing. Beautiful photo!

  6. This is one dish that always hits the spot, in fact I think we may have it for dinner tonight! Love the perfect egg yolk in your photos, which are so so gorgeous!

  7. Karlynn says:

    Love the twist to this traditional dish and great photos by the way. It looks so amazing!

  8. I can’t wait to give this a try (with out the meat… which I am sure tastes marvelous). I agree that the idea of a runny egg white doesn’t really sound appealing. But that yolk looks glorious!

  9. renee berry says:

    this recipe sounds and looks marvelous. Cannot wait to try. I like making small pasta dishes from the ingredients i have on hand, so your recipe got my attention! great work! my niece, Katie Burkhart (Taylor, Texas) directed me to your site. I live in San Jose, just south of you~

  10. stunning photos, can already imagine the gooey richness of the yolk in the carbonara!


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