Creamy Pancetta Carbonara

creamy pancetta carbonara in a black bowl

This Creamy Pancetta Carbonara is the ultimate comfort food. It’s packed full of flavor and intensely rich, and still really easy to prepare!

  • Author: Sarah | AwayFromTheBox
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 8 hearty servings 1x



12 oz bucatini

1 TB olive oil

1/2lb (8 oz) pancetta, sliced 1/4″ thick and diced into cubes

1/2 red onion, finely diced

4 cloves garlic, minced

2 c. heavy cream

1/4 c. fresh parmesan cheese, grated

8 large egg yolks

4 TB chopped italian parsley


In a large pot of boiling water, cook the pasta until al dente. Reserve 1/3 c. of pasta water, then drain and set aside.

Place the olive oil in a large skillet set to medium high heat. Saute the pancetta 5-10 minutes, or until the fat has rendered and the pancetta is browned. Add the onions and cook for 2 minutes, then add the garlic and cook for an additional minute, stirring frequently.

Stir in the heavy cream and reduce to a simmer. Cook until thickened, about 2 minutes, then remove from heat.

In a large mixing bowl, place the cooked pasta, reserved pasta water and heavy cream mixture. With a pair of tongs, toss until the pasta is fully coated. Add the parmesan cheese, then half of the egg yolks. Toss vigorously, then add the rest of the egg yolks. Continue tossing until the sauce emulsifies and thickens, with no yellow streaks remaining. It should resemble a dense, creamy mixture. Stir in the chopped italian parsley and enjoy with a tasty side salad!


Everyone’s tastes are different. The parmesan cheese and garlic add enough flavor that salt and pepper is not needed, but taste the finished carbonara before serving and add salt and freshly cracked pepper as desired.

Keywords: creamy pancetta carbonara, italian, pasta, bucatini, carbonara, garlic, pancetta

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