No Cream - Spaghetti Carbonara for Two greedy people like us

Although there's no cream to be found in this Carbonara but it is still delicious.  So very easy to do and ready in the time it takes to boil the pasta.  Brilliant for a quick and filling weekday meal.

No Cream Spaghetti Carbonara

Done properly spaghetti is a truly lovely thing.  This post was written in 2011 and it's now 2017 - I'm in the middle of updating this website and desperately need to make this again to get a proper photo since this one doesn't do this dish the justice it deserves.
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To serve 2 you will need:
400g spaghetti
4 eggs
a very large handful of pancetta – diced
3 fat cloves of garlic – peeled and bashed lightly with the back of a knife
a glug or two of olive oil
100g unsalted butter
a big handful of freshly grated Parmesan cheese
black pepper to taste

Cook the pasta in salted boiling water according to the packet instructions until al dente.
In a bowl mix the eggs with the Parmesan and season with pepper and set aside.

Heat up a glug of oil in a large frying pan and throw in the Pancetta.  Fry over a low to medium heat until it’s nice and crispy – stirring every now and then.  When it’s getting on for nearly add the garlic, butter and another glug of oil   stirring till the butter bubbles.

When the pancetta is done and the butter is bubbling, remove the garlic and throw it away.
Drain the pasta and add it to the cooked pancetta.

Remove from the heat and leave just for 30 seconds (otherwise you’ll have scrambled egg) before quickly adding in the egg mixture – stir well until you have a nice creamy texture.

No Cream Spaghetti Carbonara

Serve immediately with a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese.  Nothing else is needed except a nice glass of wine - of course.


  1. Oh Jan, I do love my pasta and that looks great! It's only breakfast time and I am wanting some now! xxoo

  2. Or maybe one VERY greedy person:D

  3. So simple, supper time and making my mouth dribble, think I can see cooking time coming on.. Thank you for the idea.

  4. Nice basic recipe! There is no need for cream at all! I like to add some parsley!


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