Bucatini alla carbonara

Serves 4 to 6


  • Kosher salt, as needed
  • 1 lb dried bucatini
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 5 oz diced guanciale (cured pork jowl) or pancetta
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup grated Pecorino Romano
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the bucatini and stir to submerge and separate the strands. Cook, uncovered, until the pasta is just tender (al dente), 10 to 12 minutes (check the cooking time for your pasta).
  2. While the bucatini is cooking, heat a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add the oil and the guanciale. Cook, stirring to cook the guanciale evenly, until it is just starting to crisp, about 2 minutes. There should be about 2 tablespoons of rendered fat and oil in the pan. Set aside.
  3. Blend together the whole eggs, egg yolks, cheese, and pepper in a medium bowl with a whisk or fork until well combined.
  4. Drain the bucatini in a colander. Shake well to remove any water clinging to the pasta. Pour the drained pasta into the pan with the guanciale.
  5. Add the egg mixture and stir the bucatini together with the egg mixture and the guanciale. The heat from the pasta should be enough to cook the eggs, but if necessary, you can cook the sauce very gently over low heat. Stop as soon as the sauce clings well; if you cook it any longer, the eggs will scramble.

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