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Gino's proper spaghetti alla carbonara

It’s been a hotly-debated topic over the years on This Morning - what goes into the perfect carbonara? Gino settles it once and for all as he cooks carbonara the proper Italian way!


5 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

3 tbsp unsalted butter

250g diced pancetta

4 eggs

6 tbsp freshly grated Pecorino cheese

4 tbsp finely chopped flat-leaf parsley

500g spaghetti

Salt and freshly ground black pepper


  • Heat the oil and butter in a large frying pan over a medium heat and fry the pancetta for 8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until golden and crispy. Set aside.

  • Whisk the eggs and half the cheese in a bowl. Add the parsley and plenty of black pepper. Set aside.

  • Cook the spaghetti in a large pan of boiling, salted water until al dente. Drain well and tip it back into the same pan.

  • Tip the contents of the pancetta pan into the pasta, then pour in the egg mixture. Mix everything together for 30 seconds with a wooden spoon. The heat from the pasta will be sufficient to cook the egg to a creamy coating.

  • Season with salt and pepper and serve immediately with the remaining cheese sprinkled on top

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