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Pasta Carbonara with Pancetta and Cream

Pancetta and cream turns this pasta dish into a decadent dinner.

Prep Time: 10M

Cooking Time: 15M

Serves: Serves 4


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 51/2oz (150g) pancetta or slab bacon, cut into small cubes
  • 2 sage leaves, finely sliced
  • 6 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup (125g) freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
  • 12oz (350g) dried linguine or spaghetti
  • small handful of finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, for serving
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
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  1. Heat the oil in a large frying pan, add the pancetta and sage, and cook over medium heat for 5 minutes or until golden.
  2. Combine the eggs, cream, Parmesan, and nutmeg in a bowl, season with salt and pepper, then blend with a fork. Set aside.
  3. Meanwhile, cook the pasta as the package directs. Drain, reserving a small amount of the cooking water. Return the pasta to the pot and toss with the reserved cooking water.
  4. Give the egg mixture one final stir, then add to the hot pasta and stir thoroughly to combine. Put the lid on the pot, leave to sit for 1 minute, then stir again. Add the pancetta and sage and toss together. Sprinkle with parsley and serve.
  • Toss cooked or thawed frozen peas into the final dish.
  • Cheat...Use 1 cup (200g) of store-bought carbonara sauce-but don't expect it to be as good as the real thing!

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Excerpted from The Illustrated Quick Cook.
Copyright © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited.
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