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The Perfect Carbonara: everything you need to know



All over the world Carbonara is one of the most loved and appreciated Italian dishes. So many people are trying to replicate it every day. While searching on the Internet we found out that there are many concerns on the Carbonara recipe and ingredients so we made this blog for you with a special surprise at the end.

First of all, Carbonara is a dish made of 5 ingredients: pasta, eggs, guanciale, pecorino romano, and pepper. Just one change in these steps can change the result of the carbonara. There is no need for sour cream in order to have a creamy Carbonara - don’t worry, just enjoy the recipe.   

If you want to make Carbonara, for 4 people, you need:

  • 400 gr of Rigatoni;

  • 250 gr of Guanciale (pork cheek);

  • 150 of Pecorino Romano;

  • 5 egg yolk;

  • Pepper;

  • there is no salt cause guanciale and pecorino are salty enough.

The first common mistake in making the Carbonara is using bacon and parmesan instead of Guanciale and Pecorino. At this point, it’s important to clarify what guanciale is.

Guanciale is literally translated as cheek lard. So, why cheek lard is better than bacon? Guanciale has to be seasoned at least 3 months and the meat has to be dusted with salt and pepper, but the main reason is on the fat level. 

You can find more fat in the Guanciale which is giving more flavor to Carbonara, the more fat has the Guanciale, the better is the final taste. 

Cut Guanciale in small stripes and let it sweat in a pan over low heat, in order to melt the fat. Put in a bowl the egg yolk with pecorino cheese, the oil coming from the guanciale’s fat, pepper and mix everything. Creamy and yellow sauce is what we are looking for.  

While the cream is being made, in another pot start to prepare the pasta. First, boil the water in a pot. As soon as it starts to boil, add pasta and salt. Wait until the pasta is al dente and remove it few minutes before the cooking time (check it out in the Pasta’s box).   

Before mixing everything, in order to give an extra flavor to the pasta, first mix the pasta with guanciale. And now it’s coming to the most important step, the mixing of everything.   
Turn off the fire, this is very important, 'cause if you don’t do it, you’ll fry the egg, and you won’t have any carbonara, but just an ugly, dry pasta with egg, cheese, and meat.    

Now it’ your moment, with the fire off, mix the pasta, already mixed with guanciale, with the Carbonara’s cream. Mix it until all the pasta is perfectly matched with the cream.

That’s all, few detailed and precise steps for the perfect carbonara, creamy, salty and delicious.

That’s all folks! Few details and precise steps, and perfect Carbonara is ready - creamy, salty and delicious.

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