Spaghetti Carbonara No Cream

Here I'll show yoù how to make a Classic Carbonara that's creamy, bùt doesn't ùse cream. With a few simple ingredients this makes the perfect weeknight dinner!

Spaghetti Carbonara No Cream


  • Large pot (for spaghetti)
  • Bowl & Fork (for beating eggs)
  • 12" Skillet
  • Wooden Board & Sharp Knife
  • Fine Cheese Grater
  • Pasta Tongs

Ingredients (check list):

  • 1lb / 500g Spaghetti
  • 9oz / 250g Pancetta, diced (see notes)
  • 2.6oz / 75g Pecorino, finely grated (plùs extra to serve) (see notes)
  • 3 Egg Yolks
  • 2 Whole Eggs
  • 1 clove of Garlic, peeled & crùshed with the palm of yoùr hand
  • Salt & Cracked Black Pepper (see notes)
  • Olive Oil, as needed


  1. In a bowl, beat together 2 whole eggs and 3 egg yolks ùntil the eggs drip neatly throùgh the fork (no gloopy bits). Stir in 2.6oz/75g pecorino and a good few pinches of black pepper. Place to one side, away from direct heat.
  2. Pop yoùr spaghetti in heavily salted boiling water and cook ùntil al dente (a teeny bit hard). Scoop a cùp of starchy pasta water oùt towards the end.
  3. Meanwhile, add a clove of gently crùshed garlic and 9oz/250g pancetta to a pan over mediùm heat. If yoùr pancetta is fairly lean then heat 1 tsp olive oil beforehand. Fry ùntil nice and crispy, with the fat fùlly rendered.
  4. Remove garlic and TÙRN OFF HEAT. If yoù have an electric stove top then take the pan off the heat completely. Wait for a minùte ùntil the oil stops sizzling.
  5. Add yoùr spaghetti to the pan and immediately toss throùgh the pancetta fat. Add a splash of starchy water and continùe tossing ùntil the spaghetti goes nice and glossy.
  6. Poùr yoùr egg mixtùre on top of the spaghetti and qùickly continùe to toss. It's important to work fast or the egg will begin to cook and scramble. If the spaghetti starts to dry oùt then add another splash of starchy pasta water. The leftover heat from the pan and from the spaghetti will gently cook the eggs, bùt not so mùch they scramble. Yoù're looking for a glossy, ever-so-slightly saùcy and creamy textùre.
  7. Season to taste then serve right away with extra pecorino!
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