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Linguini Carbonara with Bacon and Egg Yolk

In the heart of Italy, tradition meets innovation, and a classic dish gets a subtle yet delightful makeover. Linguini Carbonara, a timeless creation, embraces a twist in the form of sweet, caramelised onions and the gentle embrace of garlic. It's a journey through the essence of Roman cuisine, with the spirit of exploration and the comfort of home-cooked meals.

The journey commences with the caramelisation of onions, a process that awakens their sweetness and depth. Alongside, garlic lends a gentle, aromatic touch. Bacon, the smoky hero, enters the scene, adding a layer of flavour that's quintessentially Carbonara. Eggs and cheese, that timeless duo, await to create a velvety sauce that coats the linguini.

And so, this is not just a meal; it's a journey through the essence of Italian cooking, a tribute to tradition with a contemporary flair. It's a reminder that in the world of food, evolution is the secret ingredient.

As I savour this dish, I'm reminded that culinary boundaries are meant to be pushed, that the essence of a cuisine can be preserved while allowing it to evolve.

So, let's put on our aprons, raise our forks, and embark on a culinary voyage with Linguini Carbonara and its sweetly nuanced twist.

Linguini Carbonara with Bacon and Egg Yolk Recipe for 4 People


- 12 ounces (340g) linguini

- 6 ounces (170g) bacon, pancetta, or guanciale, diced

- 1 onion, thinly sliced

- 3 cloves garlic, minced

- 2 egg yolks

- 1 cup grated Pecorino Romano or Parmesan cheese

- 1 cup fresh or frozen peas

- Salt and black pepper, to taste

- Fresh parsley, for garnish

Preparation Time:

- Approximately 10 minutes

- Cooking time: 15-20 minutes


1. Begin by bringing a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the linguini according to the package instructions until it's al dente. Reserve about 1/2 cup of pasta cooking water, then drain the linguini.

2. While the pasta is cooking, in a separate pan, sauté the sliced onion over medium heat until it caramelises, becoming sweet and golden. Remove the caramelised onions and set them aside.

3. In the same pan, add the diced bacon and cook it until it's crispy. Remove the bacon and drain it on paper towels.

4. Using the same pan (with some of the bacon fat), sauté the minced garlic until it's aromatic, about a minute.

5. In a bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and grated Pecorino Romano or Parmesan cheese. Season with black pepper.

6. In a separate pan, blanch the peas in boiling water for a few minutes until they're tender. Drain and set them aside.

7. Add the cooked linguini to the pan with the garlic and toss to combine.

8. Remove the pan from heat, and quickly stir in the egg yolk and cheese mixture. Toss vigorously to create a creamy sauce. If it seems too thick, add some of the reserved pasta cooking water.

9. Gently fold in the caramelised onions and crispy bacon. Check the seasoning, adding salt or more black pepper as needed.

10. Serve the Linguini Carbonara with Onion, Garlic, Peas, Bacon, and Egg Yolk in bowls, garnished with fresh parsley and an extra sprinkle of Pecorino or Parmesan cheese.

Suggested Side Dishes:

- A simple mixed green salad with a lemony vinaigrette

- A glass of Italian white wine, like a Pinot Grigio or Chardonnay

- A crusty baguette with olive oil and balsamic vinegar for dipping

Equipment Needed:

- Large pot for boiling pasta

- A large skillet or pan for sautéing onions, garlic, and bacon

- A bowl for whisking the egg yolk and cheese mixture

Commonly Made Mistakes and Points of Care:

1. Caramelising Onions: Take the time to truly caramelise the onions; they should be sweet and golden.

2. Blanching Peas: Don't overcook the peas; they should be tender but still vibrant.

3. Consistency: Adjust the sauce consistency with the reserved pasta cooking water.

4. Seasoning: Taste the dish and adjust the seasoning with salt and black pepper according to your preference.

5. Serving: Serve immediately to enjoy the creaminess of the sauce.

Linguini Carbonara with Onion, Garlic, Peas, Bacon, and Egg Yolk is a captivating journey, a tribute to tradition with a contemporary twist. Savour the sweet caramelised onions, the richness of cheese, the smokiness of bacon, and the creamy embrace of egg yolk in every forkful. Buon appetito!

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