Classic carbonara recipe with a tomato and beetroot side salad.

  • Serves: 4 people
  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking time: 8 minutes
    • Italian

    Pasta Carbonara with Rosy Red Salad

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    400g Spaghetti or your favourite shaped Pasta

    250g Reduced Salt Back Bacon, roughly chopped

    1 tbsp Olive Oil

    1 Garlic Cloves, crushed

    ½ bunch Spring Onions, trimmed and chopped

    100g Parmigiano Reggiano, finely grated

    4 Large Eggs

    4 tbsp Single Cream

    A little Parsley, chopped, to serve

    Side salad

    4 Salad Tomatoes, quartered

    500g pack Beetroot, drained and quartered

    1 pack Radish, halved

    Salad dressing

    2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil

    2 tsp Lemon Juice

    1 tbsp Fresh Basil Leaves, shredded

    Salt and Ground Black Pepper to taste


    Bring a large pan of water to the boil and add the pasta.

    Stir, then cook on a rolling boil for around 8 minutes until al dente.

    Fry the bacon in the olive oil until almost crisp, then add the garlic and spring onions, cooking for a couple more minutes.

    Remove from the heat.

    Beat together the eggs and cream with a little black pepper and set aside.

    As the pasta finishes cooking mix together the tomatoes, beetroot and radish in a serving dish.

    Whisk together the dressing ingredients then pour over the salad, stirring to mix.

    Drain the cooked pasta and return to the hot pan.

    Stir in the cooked bacon followed by two-thirds of the Parmigiano Reggiano.

    Pour in the egg mixture, immediately stirring through the pasta – the heat from the pasta will cook the eggs to give a creamy sauce.

    Sprinkle with chopped parsley, serving immediately with the remaining Parmigiano Reggiano.

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