Spaghetti carbonara is an Italian pasta dish from Rome made with egg, hard cheese, pancetta, and black pepper. The cheese is usually Pecorino Romano, Parmigiano-Reggiano, or a combination of the two. Spaghetti is the most common pasta, but fettuccine, rigatoni, linguine, or bucatini are also used. Either guanciale or pancetta can be used for the meat component, but lardons of smoked bacon are a common substitute outside Italy.
Carbonara means roughly “in the manner of coal miners,” and the likely origin of the name is a Roman restaurant named Carbonara. However, it may also have earned its name because the flecks of black pepper appear like coal dust against the creamy eggs, cheese, and pasta.
We show you how to cook amazing spaghetti carbonara with our easier recipe. We have replaced the pancetta with bacon. And we show you how to easily make a carbonara sauce using whipped cream. Watch all my videos for great food and travel experiences with Jose Lopez.