This was really disappointing. There was not taste and Im bummed that I wasted perfectly good pancetta on this.
IVYSILVERADO Posted: 11/21/08
carolfitz Posted: 12/12/08
I've been buying the magazine & books for maybe fifteen years. When we decide to "throw away" a CL recipe, it's not because it doesn't work out but just because we tried something new or unusual and didn't prefer it. But most everyone knows what a carbonara is -- and this falls far short -- don't even try to tweak it. Look for another recipe.
GayleR Posted: 11/05/08
I agree with the previous reviewer who followed the recipe exactly but found it just didn't turn out. I did stir constantly but the sauce came out gloppy, not smooth. I much prefer the similar CL recipe for pasta with bacon and peas.
tonig692 Posted: 02/14/11
I made this just this evening for my husband and he loved it ( he can be rather picky). We love sauce so I tripled the sauce but didn't add enough noodles. But very easy to make. I seared scallops to go along with it and all was great (and easy). When you add the hot water to the eggs make sure you add a little bit at a time or your eggs will start to cook.
AllyfromNC Posted: 11/14/08
I tried the recipe twice and didn't like the fact it there really wasn't much sauce. And what sauce there was didn't stick to the pasta. It tasted rather bland to me....and won't make it again. I was disappointed since I love carbonara.
reneelynn Posted: 02/14/11
I made this with ham and leek with the other ingredients. Although I tempered the egg with very hot water, it separated into a mealy glop in a very watery base. Am going to stick with the authentic version for special occasions only. This one did not even make it to the table.
polly1990 Posted: 02/16/09
This stuff is awesome! I made this for me and my fella for Valentine's day and I can't get enough of it! I've already made another batch to have the rest of the week. The only complaint I have is that this dish can get a little smelly. I don't know if its the combination of the onion, garlic, and bacon or what, but you may find its nicer to crack a window when you're cooking it so the smell doesn't linger. Otherwise, its amazing! P.S.- Use bacon. Hickory-smoked, if possible, thick cut. It makes all the difference.
hardworkingmom Posted: 03/12/09
I have been looking for an authentic linguine carbonara since we went to Italy 2 years ago--this is it!--my family loves it. I can understand why some may not like it--most American restaurants serve carbonara that has a sauce like alfredo--carbonara is quite different and much lighter (in taste and calories). It is exactly like in Italy where the egg and cheese stick together to the pasta. I use bacon--you can use pre-cooked to whip up a fast meal for kids.
KristaLula Posted: 02/16/11
Absolutely delicious! I'd been wanting to make some sort of pasta carbonara for my boyfriend for a while now but was always discouraged by the amount of calories & fat in the recipes. This one tastes like the real thing but has way lower fat & calorie counts. My boyfriend requested that I throw in some turkey Italian sausage along with the pancetta, and it was even more delicious. Also, I'm a very novice cook, and this was SO easy. This one is definitely going to be a dinner staple for us.
ajb1978 Posted: 05/12/11
This recipe worked perfectly - no problems. the sauce was just fine and held to the pasta the way it should. I couldn't believe this was light! I did make two teaks - extra garlic and added peas.
jrdrylie Posted: 08/03/11
This is a tasty recipes that is very easy to make. I use bacon rather than pancetta because I always have it in the fridge. It is still good. This Carbonara recipes is a nice change of pace to marinara or Alfredo.
Mommaoftwo Posted: 02/10/13
Very good and so creamy! I doubled the recipe and then added one extra egg. I used some homemade bacon that is really smoky so that added a lot of flavor. Used boiling pasta water to temper the eggs and let the pan with the onions cool down quite a bit before adding everything too it, then slowly heated it all up together.
RedPen Posted: 05/02/12
I used this recipe as a treat to my boyfriend and now he asks me to make it all the time. It is always quick and SO easy to make. I love that it allows for many tweaks: I like it with more cheese, parsley and pancetta. More calories, but more flavor too!