A quick and simple dish, carbonara is a delicious, creamy pasta which has become popular around the world. While there are many recipes with cream, onion, garlic and other ingredients, traditionally, carbonara is made from guanciale, eggs, pecorino romano and black pepper.
Guanciale is essentially a bacon made from the pork cheeks and cured with salt, sugar, and spices. It's quite a fatty meat and has more flavour that bacon alone. Saying that, if you're struggling to find guanciale, you can substitute bacon in the recipe. Just choose a fatty bacon which hasn't been smoked and the pasta will still be delicious.
Pecorino Romano is the cheese traditionally used in carbonara, however if you need to find a substitute Parmigiano-Reggiano also works well. This recipe uses the spaghetti, but feel free to use a different pasta if you prefer - fettuccine is a popular choice.
Last Updated December 2, 2021