Linguine Carbonara

Linguine Carbonara

Carbonara done properly. No f**king cream!


Good ingredients are key here. Make sure you get smoked streaky bacon. NOT pancetta. Pancetta is too thin. Get proper parmesan too. In a block. Not pre-shaved. And the eggs. Get big ones. I have budgeted to make sure you can do this and still keep it under £10!



  • 200g Block of Parmesan - £2.00

  • 300g Smoked Streaky Bacon - £2.00

  • Garlic - £0.30

  • 6 Eggs - £1.00

  • 500g Linguine - £0.59

  • Total Cost – £6.59 - This covers absolutely everything. All we assume you have in your kitchen beforehand is SALT, PEPPER AND OLIVE OIL.


  1. Take a bowl, and grate in ¾ of your parmesan. Then add 6 egg yolks, and a very, very generous amount of black pepper, 4 or 5 pinches of it. A good carbonara is meant to be peppery – hence the name, CARBONara.

  2. Whisk everything together and set aside.

  3. Chop your bacon into little bits, and add to a frying pan.

  4. As they begin to start browning, add your linguine to a pan of boiling water. Salt the boiling water – pasta water is meant to be almost as salty as the sea!

  5. Once the bacon is crisp, add 2 cloves of sliced garlic.

  6. Allow these to soften – if the garlic or bacon looks like it is catching on a pan, add small spoons of the starchy pasta water.

  7. When the pasta is 1 minute before being ready – so still quite al dente, take out 5 or 6 ladles of the pasta water and pour it into a bowl. Set this bowl aside.

  8. Drain the pasta, and then pour the pasta into the pan with the bacon and the garlic. Add a couple ladles of the pasta water, and cook everything together over a medium heat. Once the water has dissolved and the pasta is nice and silky, take everything off the heat.

  9. Allow to cool down for 1 minute, and then add the egg and parmesan mixture, and another ladle of the water. Mix everything together. If it looks too thick, add a bit more water. It should be silky smooth!

  10. Serve with a sprinkle of parmesan and twist or two more of black pepper!

  11. Enjoy!

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