Spaghetti with Carbonara Sauce

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Written by Will Clark


Kosher salt
1 pound dried spaghetti (450g) (see note above)
1/2 cup diced guanciale, pancetta, or bacon (about 3 ounces; 85g) (see note above)
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (45mL), divided
2 whole large eggs plus 6 yolks
1/4 cup grated Pecorino Romano (about 1 ounce; 25g), plus more for serving
1/4 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano (about 1 ounce; 25g), plus more for serving
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper (ground medium-coarse), plus more for serving

Cooking Instructions:

Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook, stirring, until al dente.

Meanwhile, combine guanciale (or pancetta or bacon) with 2 tablespoons olive oil (30mL) in a large skillet and cook, stirring frequently, over medium heat, until fat has rendered and guanciale is crisp, about 7 minutes.

In a large metal heatproof mixing bowl, whisk together whole eggs and yolks, Pecorino Romano, Parmigiano-Reggiano, and black pepper.

Using tongs and/or a strainer, transfer pasta to skillet with crisped guanciale and its fat; be sure not to drain boiling pasta water.

Add remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil (15mL) to pasta and stir to combine. Scrape pasta, pork, and all the fat into the egg mixture.

Measure 1/2 cup of pasta cooking water (120mL) and add to pasta and egg mixture.

Stir well to combine.

Set mixing bowl over pot of boiling pasta water (make sure bottom of bowl does not touch the water) and cook, stirring quickly with tongs, until sauce thickens to a creamy, silky consistency and leaves trails as you stir.

Remove from heat, season with salt if needed, and divide into bowls.

Serve right away, topping with more grated cheese and freshly ground pepper as desired.