Classic penne carbonara from Happy Days with the Naked Chef (page 129) by Jamie Oliver

  • Parmesan cheese
  • heavy cream
  • pancetta
  • penne pasta
  • egg yolks

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  • kari500 on November 16, 2019

    I use turkey bacon (I don’t eat pork) and it’s very good. LLD’s favorite carbonara.

  • lils74 on September 24, 2017

    So I know that this isn't the carbonara for purists who eschew the addition of cream - but it's still my favourite; it's simple, delicious and it works. I do adapt it slightly - instead of 5 egg yolks I usually use two full eggs and the rest yolks only, and if fresh peas are in season I add them (as he does in his variant in Jamie's Dinners, though in that one he uses mint, which I never do). And I prefer spaghetti with my carbonara… but other than that, I follow it pretty much to a T; the instructions work, and it's always a winner for a quick dinner.

  • Astrid5555 on December 28, 2013

    Possibly the quickest pasta dish ever! Two thumbs up from the whole family.

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