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Best carbonara recipe?

#1 Post by Brian S t o t t e r » April 28th, 2020, 4:41 pm

My wife and I are looking to step up our pasta game at home, and she in particular loves carbonara (who doesn’t). Anyone got a recipe they recommend? On google I found one from the NYT, not sure if anyone has tried it before.
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#2 Post by Jeff Rosenberg » April 28th, 2020, 7:57 pm

Brian S t o t t e r wrote:
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My wife and I are looking to step up our pasta game at home, and she in particular loves carbonara (who doesn’t). Anyone got a recipe they recommend? On google I found one from the NYT, not sure if anyone has tried it before.
That recipe is fantastic.

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#3 Post by Kris Patten » April 28th, 2020, 9:16 pm

There is only one Carbonara recipe.

Spaghetti
Guanciale (not prosciutto or bacon)
Egg yolks
Pepper
Pecorino Romano (not Parmesan)
Pasta Water (to get consistency)

Outside of those it's not Carbonara, its pasta.
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#4 Post by Brian S t o t t e r » April 29th, 2020, 4:46 am

Kris Patten wrote:
April 28th, 2020, 9:16 pm
There is only one Carbonara recipe.

Spaghetti
Guanciale (not prosciutto or bacon)
Egg yolks
Pepper
Pecorino Romano (not Parmesan)
Pasta Water (to get consistency)

Outside of those it's not Carbonara, its pasta.
I’ve never heard of guanciale. Can this be found in grocery stores or do I need to source it from a specialty shop?
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#5 Post by jeffmazen » April 29th, 2020, 5:17 am

Guanciale is cured pig cheeks. It's the ingredient that makes carbonara authentic. It's pretty easy to find at high end food markets or on line. I tend to soak mine in cold water before using as I've found commercial brands leave too much salt from the cure on the finished product.
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#6 Post by doug johnson » April 29th, 2020, 8:53 am

Kris Patten wrote:
April 28th, 2020, 9:16 pm
There is only one Carbonara recipe.

Spaghetti
Guanciale (not prosciutto or bacon)
Egg yolks
Pepper
Pecorino Romano (not Parmesan)
Pasta Water (to get consistency)

Outside of those it's not Carbonara, its pasta.
Hahaha! I follow what is supposed to be Marcella Hazan's recipe, which is a little bit different. Guanciale is key!

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#7 Post by Kenny H » April 29th, 2020, 8:58 am

Also key is using the double boiler method for final step so you don't curdle your sauce.
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#8 Post by Henry Kiichli » April 29th, 2020, 9:08 am

I do the NYT, I present the dish with a yolk in a half egg shell in the middle. Each diner can mix the fresh yolk in. I adjust the yolks in the main recipe.

Mix the first yolk and egg mix with pecorino/parm pepper in a small bowl. Have a large bowl ready. When the pasta is done empty pasta with water into the big bowl to warm it. Transfer the pasta into the guanciale frying pan. Leave hot water in the big bowl. Heat the pasta and guanciale mix through. Empty the water (I return some to the pasta pot) and pour the pasta mix into the warm bowl, add egg mix, toss, add pasta water to make creamy.

Don't mix the whole thing in the frying pan, as the eggs will cook too much.
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#9 Post by Betty C » April 29th, 2020, 12:31 pm

Brian S t o t t e r wrote:
April 29th, 2020, 4:46 am
I’ve never heard of guanciale. Can this be found in grocery stores or do I need to source it from a specialty shop?
You can order it online here if you can't find it locally: https://laquerciashop.com/collections/kitchen-magic
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#10 Post by Kenny H » April 29th, 2020, 1:32 pm

Betty C wrote:
April 29th, 2020, 12:31 pm
Brian S t o t t e r wrote:
April 29th, 2020, 4:46 am
I’ve never heard of guanciale. Can this be found in grocery stores or do I need to source it from a specialty shop?
You can order it online here if you can't find it locally: https://laquerciashop.com/collections/kitchen-magic
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#11 Post by J. D'Antonio » April 29th, 2020, 4:12 pm

Kenny H wrote:
April 29th, 2020, 8:58 am
Also key is using the double boiler method for final step so you don't curdle your sauce.
Exactly. The Serious Eats method can be found here:

https://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/201 ... ecipe.html

I'll never make carbonara without a double-boiler method ever again.
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#12 Post by Betty C » April 29th, 2020, 6:24 pm

Kenny H wrote:
April 29th, 2020, 1:32 pm
Betty C wrote:
April 29th, 2020, 12:31 pm
Brian S t o t t e r wrote:
April 29th, 2020, 4:46 am
I’ve never heard of guanciale. Can this be found in grocery stores or do I need to source it from a specialty shop?
You can order it online here if you can't find it locally: https://laquerciashop.com/collections/kitchen-magic
LaQuercia is ❤️❤️❤️
For sure! I’m a huge fan of the speck and Tamworth pancetta.
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#13 Post by Kenny H » April 29th, 2020, 6:45 pm

Betty C wrote:
April 29th, 2020, 6:24 pm
Kenny H wrote:
April 29th, 2020, 1:32 pm
Betty C wrote:
April 29th, 2020, 12:31 pm


You can order it online here if you can't find it locally: https://laquerciashop.com/collections/kitchen-magic
LaQuercia is ❤️❤️❤️
For sure! I’m a huge fan of the speck and Tamworth pancetta.
They are local to us and raise heirloom pigs free range. Their acorn fed (oak makes up the great majority of hardwoods in Iowa) prosciutto is off the charts, right there with Parma and Bellota.
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#14 Post by Kris Patten » April 29th, 2020, 7:00 pm

Brian S t o t t e r wrote:
April 29th, 2020, 4:46 am
Kris Patten wrote:
April 28th, 2020, 9:16 pm
There is only one Carbonara recipe.

Spaghetti
Guanciale (not prosciutto or bacon)
Egg yolks
Pepper
Pecorino Romano (not Parmesan)
Pasta Water (to get consistency)

Outside of those it's not Carbonara, its pasta.
I’ve never heard of guanciale. Can this be found in grocery stores or do I need to source it from a specialty shop?
Only place I go as Salumi is one of my absolute favorite gems in Seattle.

https://www.corofoods.com/collections/s ... /guanciale
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#15 Post by Betty C » April 29th, 2020, 7:03 pm

Kenny H wrote:
April 29th, 2020, 6:45 pm
Betty C wrote:
April 29th, 2020, 6:24 pm
Kenny H wrote:
April 29th, 2020, 1:32 pm


LaQuercia is ❤️❤️❤️
For sure! I’m a huge fan of the speck and Tamworth pancetta.
They are local to us and raise heirloom pigs free range. Their acorn fed (oak makes up the great majority of hardwoods in Iowa) prosciutto is off the charts, right there with Parma and Bellota.
I’m a believer in acorn-fed pork! [cheers.gif]
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#16 Post by Kris Patten » April 29th, 2020, 7:04 pm

J. D'Antonio wrote:
April 29th, 2020, 4:12 pm
Kenny H wrote:
April 29th, 2020, 8:58 am
Also key is using the double boiler method for final step so you don't curdle your sauce.
Exactly. The Serious Eats method can be found here:

https://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/201 ... ecipe.html

I'll never make carbonara without a double-boiler method ever again.
I probably made Carbonara for a year trying to master it, never used double boiler....definitely scrambled some eggs early on...now I only do it in the pan I cooked the guanciale in, adding pasta water as needed. We now prefer to eat Carbonara at home where before we had to go ourlt for it.
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#17 Post by Jan Janas » May 17th, 2020, 8:46 pm

Kris Patten's recipe is spot-on. If you want a video tutorial, this is the best I've seen:

from Luciano Monosilio, chef and owner of a restaurant in Rome. Pretty much the golden standard of Carbonara in Italy.

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#18 Post by joz€f p1nxten » May 18th, 2020, 1:59 pm

Here a tweak to the recipe with infusion of garlic and gianciale fat - from Mauro Uliassi, a *** chef - recipe is not difficult. But all stands or falls with the quality of the guanciale, eggs and parmesan/pecorino mixture.

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#19 Post by TimF » August 29th, 2020, 12:40 pm

Kris Patten wrote:
April 28th, 2020, 9:16 pm
There is only one Carbonara recipe.

Spaghetti
Guanciale (not prosciutto or bacon)
Egg yolks
Pepper
Pecorino Romano (not Parmesan)
Pasta Water (to get consistency)

Outside of those it's not Carbonara, its pasta.
I went into an Italian grocery store today. Tiny little place. I ask for guanciale. Nope, sorry. Got some pancetta instead. Another guy behind the counter tells me, “you don’t want guanciale for carbonara. Where we are from in Italy they never use it.” The lady next to me at the counter also agrees with them that I don’t want to use guanciale. Interesting...
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#20 Post by S!mon C h ! n » August 29th, 2020, 2:40 pm

TimF wrote:
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Where we are from in Italy they never use it.”
I bet they aren't from Rome.

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#21 Post by TimF » August 29th, 2020, 4:02 pm

S!mon C h ! n wrote:
August 29th, 2020, 2:40 pm
TimF wrote:
August 29th, 2020, 12:40 pm
Where we are from in Italy they never use it.”
I bet they aren't from Rome.
I asked and they said they were. I felt like Pee Wee Herman asking where the basement of the Alamo was.
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#22 Post by David K o l i n » August 29th, 2020, 5:21 pm

The worst (and best) carbonara that I’ve ever had was in Rome

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#23 Post by Leonard Maran » August 30th, 2020, 1:05 am

Well, Marcella Hazan's recipe calls for pancetta, but then, it's probably from so long ago, guanciale probably wasn't available much back then. No double boiler either, as she doesn't put the pasta in the pan.

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#24 Post by Tom G l a s g o w » August 30th, 2020, 7:59 pm

Kris Patten wrote:
April 29th, 2020, 7:00 pm
Brian S t o t t e r wrote:
April 29th, 2020, 4:46 am
Kris Patten wrote:
April 28th, 2020, 9:16 pm
There is only one Carbonara recipe.

Spaghetti
Guanciale (not prosciutto or bacon)
Egg yolks
Pepper
Pecorino Romano (not Parmesan)
Pasta Water (to get consistency)

Outside of those it's not Carbonara, its pasta.
I’ve never heard of guanciale. Can this be found in grocery stores or do I need to source it from a specialty shop?
Only place I go as Salumi is one of my absolute favorite gems in Seattle.

https://www.corofoods.com/collections/s ... /guanciale
I’ve been there. Just placed an order, used to be difficult to get guanicale there.

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#25 Post by Mark Golodetz » September 1st, 2020, 6:36 am

Given how good those films look, the portion seems paltry.
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#26 Post by Brian Gilp » September 1st, 2020, 8:53 am

Thanks to everyone. I have never been fond of carbonara but my wife loves it and therefore she always ended up cooking it. I showed her this thread and I don’t know which recipe or recommendations she used but the improvement was amazing and now I’m craving carbonara.

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#27 Post by Stan Y. » September 1st, 2020, 7:11 pm

Brian Gilp wrote:
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Thanks to everyone. I have never been fond of carbonara but my wife loves it and therefore she always ended up cooking it. I showed her this thread and I don’t know which recipe or recommendations she used but the improvement was amazing and now I’m craving carbonara.
I am envious, my wife does not read or cook from WB :-). But I am gearing up to make some carbonara after watching the video with the impromptu double boiler, even though the only La Quercia our east coast WF has is prosciutto and speck.
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#28 Post by Andrew Kotowski » September 2nd, 2020, 11:44 am

Kris Patten wrote:
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Only place I go as Salumi is one of my absolute favorite gems in Seattle.

https://www.corofoods.com/collections/s ... /guanciale
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#29 Post by scamhi » September 2nd, 2020, 12:27 pm

Mark Golodetz wrote:
September 1st, 2020, 6:36 am
Given how good those films look, the portion seems paltry.
it is served as a primi followed by a meat course
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#30 Post by G. Keeler » September 2nd, 2020, 1:44 pm

scamhi wrote:
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Mark Golodetz wrote:
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Given how good those films look, the portion seems paltry.
it is served as a primi followed by a meat course
I was going to say the same thing and in addition its a pretty rich dish so a little goes along way.
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#31 Post by TimF » October 17th, 2020, 10:15 am

I ordered a couple of packages of guanciale from Quercia. I assume this doesn’t need refrigeration. How quickly should I consume it?
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#32 Post by Betty C » October 17th, 2020, 1:48 pm

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I ordered a couple of packages of guanciale from Quercia. I assume this doesn’t need refrigeration. How quickly should I consume it?
It’s shelf stable, but stick one in the fridge and the others in the freezer unless you expect to go through them quickly. They will last for years frozen and for a while in the fridge, though not sure how long once you open it since I always vacuum seal it again after cutting.

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#33 Post by TimF » October 17th, 2020, 2:18 pm

Thanks for the tip. I’ll be sure to seal any unused. But this is going to give my wife an excuse to make lots of carbonara. I think she’d eat it every day if I’d agree to it.
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#34 Post by Linda Baehr » October 17th, 2020, 2:58 pm

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Thanks for the tip. I’ll be sure to seal any unused. But this is going to give my wife an excuse to make lots of carbonara. I think she’d eat it every day if I’d agree to it.
I got some from them a few months ago and made some Carbonara. It was so rich it made me sick (but I have major issues tummy issues- you'll be fine I'm sure). Now I'm afraid to use the second package.

But it was so tasty! [cry.gif]
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#35 Post by Betty C » October 17th, 2020, 4:53 pm

Linda Baehr wrote:
October 17th, 2020, 2:58 pm
TimF wrote:
October 17th, 2020, 2:18 pm
Thanks for the tip. I’ll be sure to seal any unused. But this is going to give my wife an excuse to make lots of carbonara. I think she’d eat it every day if I’d agree to it.
I got some from them a few months ago and made some Carbonara. It was so rich it made me sick (but I have major issues tummy issues- you'll be fine I'm sure). Now I'm afraid to use the second package.

But it was so tasty! [cry.gif]
I know it’s sacrilegious, but I don’t use all of the rendered fat for the same reason. I use maybe 1/4 and it’s still plenty rich.
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#36 Post by Linda Baehr » October 17th, 2020, 5:03 pm

Betty C wrote:
October 17th, 2020, 4:53 pm
Linda Baehr wrote:
October 17th, 2020, 2:58 pm
TimF wrote:
October 17th, 2020, 2:18 pm
Thanks for the tip. I’ll be sure to seal any unused. But this is going to give my wife an excuse to make lots of carbonara. I think she’d eat it every day if I’d agree to it.
I got some from them a few months ago and made some Carbonara. It was so rich it made me sick (but I have major issues tummy issues- you'll be fine I'm sure). Now I'm afraid to use the second package.

But it was so tasty! [cry.gif]
I know it’s sacrilegious, but I don’t use all of the rendered fat for the same reason. I use maybe 1/4 and it’s still plenty rich.
I really didn't use much of it.
I just never really know what it going to set me off. Rich foods usually aren't an issue. But this was.
Best Carbonara I ever had, though. And I made the pasta as well.
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#37 Post by Betty C » October 17th, 2020, 5:15 pm

Linda Baehr wrote:
October 17th, 2020, 5:03 pm
Betty C wrote:
October 17th, 2020, 4:53 pm
Linda Baehr wrote:
October 17th, 2020, 2:58 pm


I got some from them a few months ago and made some Carbonara. It was so rich it made me sick (but I have major issues tummy issues- you'll be fine I'm sure). Now I'm afraid to use the second package.

But it was so tasty! [cry.gif]
I know it’s sacrilegious, but I don’t use all of the rendered fat for the same reason. I use maybe 1/4 and it’s still plenty rich.
I really didn't use much of it.
I just never really know what it going to set me off. Rich foods usually aren't an issue. But this was.
Best Carbonara I ever had, though. And I made the pasta as well.
You should make it for me so I can let you know if it’s too rich. [friends.gif]
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#38 Post by Linda Baehr » October 17th, 2020, 6:01 pm

Betty C wrote:
October 17th, 2020, 5:15 pm
Linda Baehr wrote:
October 17th, 2020, 5:03 pm
Betty C wrote:
October 17th, 2020, 4:53 pm


I know it’s sacrilegious, but I don’t use all of the rendered fat for the same reason. I use maybe 1/4 and it’s still plenty rich.
I really didn't use much of it.
I just never really know what it going to set me off. Rich foods usually aren't an issue. But this was.
Best Carbonara I ever had, though. And I made the pasta as well.
You should make it for me so I can let you know if it’s too rich. [friends.gif]
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#39 Post by Henry Kiichli » October 18th, 2020, 12:24 am

Linda Baehr wrote:
October 17th, 2020, 5:03 pm
Betty C wrote:
October 17th, 2020, 4:53 pm
Linda Baehr wrote:
October 17th, 2020, 2:58 pm


I got some from them a few months ago and made some Carbonara. It was so rich it made me sick (but I have major issues tummy issues- you'll be fine I'm sure). Now I'm afraid to use the second package.

But it was so tasty! [cry.gif]
I know it’s sacrilegious, but I don’t use all of the rendered fat for the same reason. I use maybe 1/4 and it’s still plenty rich.
I really didn't use much of it.
I just never really know what it going to set me off. Rich foods usually aren't an issue. But this was.
Best Carbonara I ever had, though. And I made the pasta as well.
After finally getting some guanciale from an italian shop, along with good pecorino, I was excited to make a real carbonara. I loved it. But our 18yr old daughter said it tasted funny and was too fatty.

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Re: Best carbonara recipe?

#40 Post by Betty C » October 18th, 2020, 1:30 pm

Henry Kiichli wrote:
October 18th, 2020, 12:24 am
Linda Baehr wrote:
October 17th, 2020, 5:03 pm
Betty C wrote:
October 17th, 2020, 4:53 pm


I know it’s sacrilegious, but I don’t use all of the rendered fat for the same reason. I use maybe 1/4 and it’s still plenty rich.
I really didn't use much of it.
I just never really know what it going to set me off. Rich foods usually aren't an issue. But this was.
Best Carbonara I ever had, though. And I made the pasta as well.
After finally getting some guanciale from an italian shop, along with good pecorino, I was excited to make a real carbonara. I loved it. But our 18yr old daughter said it tasted funny and was too fatty.

Boo hoo.
More for you then! champagne.gif
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