Tagliatelle carbonara

Tagliatelle carbonara


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About this recipe: Ribbons of pasta coated in bacon, eggs and cream make a warming supper dish, with less than half the fat of other versions of this popular Italian dish.

Brenda Houghton

Serves: 2 

  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons dry white wine
  • 200 g (7 oz) dried tagliatelle
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 50 g (1¾ oz) rindless streaky smoked bacon
  • 2 tablespoons single cream
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

Prep:10min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:30min 

  1. Cook the garlic, shallot and wine in a nonstick saucepan over a high heat for 2-3 minutes until the wine has evaporated.
  2. Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil, add the pasta and a pinch of salt and cook according to the instructions on the packet.
  3. Meanwhile, cut the bacon into thin strips and add it to the shallot mixture. Sauté over a high heat for 2-3 minutes until the bacon has cooked through and is crisp.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together the cream, eggs, Parmesan and parsley and season to taste.
  5. Drain the pasta, then return it to the pan, stir in the bacon and shallot mixture and heat through for 1 minute.
  6. Take the pan off the heat and stir in the cream and egg mixture. The eggs should thicken and lightly scramble in the heat of the pasta, but if they do not, place the pan over a low heat and cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring continuously, until the mixture is thick and creamy. Spoon into bowls and serve.
  7. Variation: replace the bacon with wafer-thin smoked ham, which has less fat.

Low-fat tip

The white wine in this recipe adds flavour to make up for reducing the large amount of double cream traditionally used in this dish.

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Reviews (13)


Fabulous recipe- my new favourite pasta dish - 11 Dec 2011


Great recipe, pity the picture is wrong. I suppose spaghetti would work just as well but I much prefer tagliatelle. I have made this according to other recipes that use a lot of double cream and found it too heavy and stodgy. This is much better. I tried it using craime fraiche and found it was yet more delicious. Yummy, yummy!!! - 11 Jul 2012


A really simple, yet delicious receipe that will definitely become a favourite in my household - 02 Apr 2009

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