Carbonara Sauce

Here's How to Make a Creamy Carbonara Sauce in No Time at All

In just about 20 minutes, you can concoct some true Italian carbonara sauce with the basic ingredients of cheese, egg yolks, cured fatty pork or bacon, and freshly ground black pepper. Here's how.
Tastessence Staff
Last Updated: Jul 14, 2017
Carbonara sauce is nothing but a sauce that is frothy and also has tasty bacon or ham bits in it. It was created somewhere in the middle of the 1800s and commingled with spaghetti to concoct a filling meal for Italian charcoal workers, who in Italian are called the carbonari. Other theories suggest that in earlier days, squid or cephalopod ink was also added to this sauce which then took on the hue of carbon, and thus the name. To go about making this sauce, follow the recipes given below.

Carbonara Sauce with Pancetta
This goes great with pasta. You must have,
  • Eggs, 2 (whipped)
  • Parmesan cheese, 2½ oz. (grated)
  • Pancetta lardons, 1¾ oz.
  • Double cream, 5 fl. oz.
  • Parsley, 1 tbsp. (fresh, hacked)
  • Garlic clove, 1 (minced)
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
Procedure
Fry the lardons in very hot but not spitting olive oil, until they are a crispy, golden brown, and place them on tissues to get rid of the excess oil. Now, in a mixing bowl, add the eggs, Parmesan, cream, parsley, and garlic, and season with some salt and generous helpings of freshly crunched black pepper. Now whip the mixture together to get a good blend. In this mixture you must add some pasta that has been boiled al dente and then the mixture must be cooked in a pan for 1 minute. Add the lardons to this, sauté once, and serve hot!

Pink Carbonara Sauce
To be served with a pound of linguine, you can make this pinkish condiment with,
  • Bacon slices, 6 (cooked, crumbled)
  • Marinara sauce, 1 cup
  • Peas, ½ cup (frozen, thawed)
  • Light cream, ¼ cup
  • Parmesan cheese, 2 tbsp. (grated)
Procedure
In a skillet, add the marinara sauce and the cream and mix the two together over a medium flame. When the concoction takes on a pinkish hue, add the peas and cook for, say, 5 to 7 minutes, stirring continually. Mix in with some cooked linguine that has been kept warm and add the bacon and cheese. Toss and serve.

Tangy Carbonara Sauce
Gather,
  • Egg yolks, 4
  • Italian pancetta, 3 oz. (fried)
  • Crème fraîche, 3 oz.
  • Onion, ¼ (small, chopped finely)
  • Lemon, ½ (chopped zest)
  • Thyme, yield of 1 twig (hacked)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
Procedure
Beat the yolks in a bowl and then add the crumbled pancetta, crème fraîche, onion bits, chopped zest of ½ a lemon, and fresh thyme to the yolks. Season with rock salt and generously sprinkle a lot of black pepper into the bowl. You can throw in some grated Parmigiano cheese if you want. Now, add the cooked, drained, and slightly cooled pasta to the sauce, mix with a wooden spatula and serve immediately.

Since it is so easy to concoct, the sauce will surely become a staple for any connoisseur of Italian dishes in no time at all.