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  • Alessandro Griccioli

April 6th, National Carbonara Day!


On April 6th, enjoy the flavors of Italy and celebrate National Carbonara Day!

If you love Italian food, pasta or just enjoy cooking, this food holiday challenges you to put your best recipe to the test. As purists, we turn up our noses at bacon, any other cheeses then Pecorino Romano and anything green!

No matter how you make your carbonara, get in on the taste test.

In Texas, with Verona, Seila and Steve, USA, making homemade tagliatelle and carbonara!

Spaghetti Carbonara, one of the most famous Pasta Recipes of Roman Cuisine, made only with 5 simple ingredients: spaghetti (or tagliatelle like in our case), seasoned with browned guanciale, black pepper, pecorino Romano and beaten eggs.

If you read this recipe thoroughly, you will see that there are many Pasta Carbonara variations, even here in Italy, but they are…variations of the authentic recipe. Which is very simple and fast to make. The only difficulty is to make sure that the eggs do not cook so much to look like scrambled eggs or too little to be raw and cold.

How to Make Spaghetti Carbonara Traditional Recipe

Prep Time: 20 Min Cook Time: 10 Min Yields : 4


  • ground black pepper

Step 1)Browning the guanciale. Cut the guanciale into small pieces (cubes) then simmer in a frying pan over medium heat. No need for oil: guanciale is already fat, greasy and fabulous of its own. If you want, you can add a tablespoon of cooking water and emulsify, in this way you will create a great fat sauce to season spaghetti properly. When ready, turn off the heat and set aside.

Step 2)Making eggs-pecorino sauce. Whisk the Pecorino Romano (which is a very salty and tasty Italian cheese so there’s no need to add salt) with the eggs and a little bit of ground black pepper. Stir quickly with a fork – or a hand whisk  – until you get a creamy sauce. Set aside.

Step 3)Cook the spaghetti al dente in boiling salted water (one liter of water for every 100 g / 3,50 oz of pasta and 15 g / 0,50 oz of coarse salt per liter of water), following the cooking time found on the pasta packaging. If they don’t fit in the pan, the best way is to hold them in a bunch vertically and immerse. Let go and they will fall out in all directions and as they soften, with the help of a fork let them sink. Then stir and cook for the time required.