Jamie Oliver’s Easy Carbonara

It’s just a few humble ingredients—eggs, pasta, cheese, and bacon, and they combine to create glossy, glorious pasta carbonara. It's the no-food-in-the-house dinner of our dreams. And the best bit about this recipe from Jamie Oliver is that it is ready in a flash! Actually, no the best bit is the bacon - smokey, caramelised deliciousness! Drool….

Ingredients: Serves 4

  • 300g dried spaghetti
  • 4 rashers of good quality smokey bacon
  • olive oil
  • 3 free-range eggs
  • 90g Parmesan cheese , plus extra for grating


  1. Cook the pasta in a pan of boiling salted water according to the packet instructions.
  2. Slice the bacon and place in a non-stick frying pan on a medium heat with half a tablespoon of olive oil and a really good pinch of black pepper. Leave it to get super-golden and crispy, tossing occasionally, then turn off the heat.
  3. Meanwhile, beat the eggs in a bowl, then finely grate in the Parmesan and mix well.

This recipe is courtesy of Jamie Oliver.

  1. Use tongs to transfer your pasta straight into the pan and toss with the bacon.
  2. Pour the Parmesan eggs into the pan, and keep everything moving, loosening with splashes of the pasta cooking water until you have a silky sauce. Make sure the pan isn’t too hot otherwise the eggs will scramble.
  3. Plate up the pasta, and finish with an extra grating of Parmesan.

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