Sunday, September 21, 2008

Spaghetti alla Carbonara

Mick made an amazing discovery recently, we can download British TV programs from the internet and watch them on our TV (telly to us Brits). If you want to know more about it, see my post on

This week I have been watching British chef, Gary Rhodes, in a series called "Rhodes Around China," and what a fabulous series it was. Gary Rhodes was just coming to prominence as a TV chef when I left England, and I loved his punk rock spiky hair-do and his cheeky grin. Obviously he’s older now, but aren’t we all? The spiky hair has gone, but he is still one kick-ass chef. I really look forward to watching more British telly, and more British cooking progs in the future.

Last night we had pasta for dinner, Mick always calls this dish, bacon and egg pasta. It’s a popular Italian dish in England, though I don’t recall ever seeing on an Italian menu here. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist, I lead a sheltered life. ;-)

And the good news, after a short lay-off my neighbor, Corky’s hens have begun producing again, so we had free-range eggs for this recipe. We have been buying organic eggs at the store but they are very expensive, so keep up the good work girls.

Spaghetti alla Carbonara

This dish is not terribly photogenic, but believe me it tastes great!


8 ounces spaghetti
8 slices thick bacon, chopped into 1-inch pieces
1 small onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
4 eggs
½ cup + 2 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese
1 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons flat leaf parsley, chopped + a little for garnish.
Fresh ground black pepper to taste

  • Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil, add spaghetti, and boil gently for 6 -7 minutes until spaghetti is al dente. Drain and toss spaghetti with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Set aside.
  • While spaghetti cooks, in a large skillet over a medium high heat fry chopped bacon in its own juices until crisp. Remove bacon from pan and drain on paper towels.
  • Discard bacon grease and wipe skillet clean with paper towels.
  • In the same skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil, add onion and sauté over a medium heat until onion is translucent.
  • Add garlic and sauté for a further minute.
  • Return bacon to pan, add reserved spaghetti, cream, parsley, and season with black pepper, heat gently, stirring often.
  • In a small bowl beat eggs, add to pan and toss all ingredients with a large fork. Cook until eggs begin to set.
  • Add ½ cup of Parmesan cheese, and toss mixture again until cheese is combined.
  • Transfer spaghetti carbonara to a warm serving dish, top with remaining Parmesan cheese and serve immediately.


Cheryl said...

Beautiful photo, I tried to make that once and it turned out like poo! I will have to try it again with your recipe!

Emiline said...

I love Spaghetti alla Carbonara!

Sometimes I watch BBCA. They have shows about Victoria Beckham's anorexia.

Lisa said...

It looks delicious! I keep wanting to try and make this and your reminded me about how much I like this dish.

Margaret said...

Hi Jan - thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a comment.
I love spaghetti carbonara and yours looks delicious.

Raquel said...

Believe it or not, I have never tried this dish. I will someday, tho! Yours looks scrummy. Much love, Raquel XO

Paula said...

Ah, well done Jan!!! This looks so rich and good, I'd crawl through the screen if I could! It's been years since I've seen Gary Rhodes; he used to have a show on PBS ... I got such a kick out of his hair and enthusiasm. I'd love to see him again! Thanks for the link. YUM!

Pam said...

I adore carbonara...this photo is making my mouth water. This is my kind of pasta dish!

Beth said...

Thats a result!! Look out for a programme called the hairy bakers!! I love carbonara, this looks delicious

Candy said...

I had a variation of this Sat night. Yours looks yummy!

pamokc said...

Everything tastes better with bacon! Sounds yummy. The chef at my house better see this recipe.

Jason said...

This is one of my favorite dishes, actually anything with bacon is my favorite. And your photo turned out perfect, my carbonara photo on my blog is pretty sad, LOL!

Mandy said...

Yum, this is so good. I made it last week but haven't posted my photos and recipe yet. Great Job!!

nicole said...

I love spahetti alla Carbonara. Yours looks so yummy!