Spaghetti alla Carbonara: Recipe

Never use cream, cream is the cheats way of making Carbonara and not classic Italian Carbonara.

Carbonara is a dish you make, and eat right away.

I did use pancetta granted you cant see it in the picture above, but it was in there 🙂


  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 pound pancetta diced
  • 4 whole eggs
  • 2 cup grated parmesan or pecorino cheese (pecorino is the better option if you can get it)
  • 1 pound spaghetti pasta (or bucatini or fettuccine)
  • Rock Salt

Step 1 : The Pasta

  1. Put a large pot of water on to boil and add a nice amount of rock salt
  2. Once the water has reached a rolling boil, add the pasta, and cook, uncovered.

Step 2 : The Pancetta

  1. While the water is coming to a boil, heat the olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat. You wont need to use the olive oil if you have nice fatty Pancetta as it will cook in its own fat.
  2. Add the pancetta and cook slowly which keeps it tender in the middle.

Step 3 : The Sauce

  1. In a bowl add three whole eggs and then only the yolk of the 4th and mix with a fork
  2. Once your eggs are mixed add the cheese and add a nice amount of pepper and mix.

Step 4 : Putting it all together

  1. Turn off your pan and leave it there as you want to keep the pan nice and hot 
  2. When the pasta is al dente (still a little firm, not mushy), use tongs to move it to the bowl with the pancetta. Move the pasta from the pot to the bowl quickly, as you want the pasta to be hot. It’s the heat of the pasta that will heat the eggs sufficiently to create a creamy sauce.
  3. Add 1 full spoon of pasta water to your sauce mixture and mix it again
  4. Turn on the pan again but very low
  5. Add a little pasta water to the pan
  6. Toss everything to combine. Mix it fast so the eggs dont scramble, the water will help to avoid it scrambling
  7. Keep mixing and when you see the waterry sauce become a cream its ready to serve (will take a few mins)
  8. Enjoy and serve straight away

Thats it nothing more nothing extra, its just perfect done the classic way 🙂

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Fratelli’s (Cambuslang, Glasgow) takeaway via FoodHub : Review


The guys over at FoodHub gifted me with a wee voucher to order a meal and again check out their app.

The app is just like your other takeaway ordering apps, see my other review here

I wanted to try another place I have not used for a while, so I opted for Italian tonight.

The Food

I have ordered a takeaway from here a good few years ago, and enjoyed it at that point and as I said I felt like an Italian tonight so thought would check them out again.


187ml Pinot Grigio White £3.25

I am not a big wine drinker, it is an area I would like to learn more about so I cant go into loads of details about this.

For me this was very nice, light and worked perfect with my meal tonight.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Main Course :

Spaghetti Carbonara £7.80

Carbonara can be done two ways, the good way and the bad way with cream….this I was very happy to see was done the good way.

This was really good! the flavour and everything about it was really nice.

It was a massive portion, as I ate 2/3’s of the portion as it was very filling.

I would have this again.

  • Flavour : 5

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Desert :

Biscoff Cheesecake £4.95

My eyes are always bigger than my belly….as the saying goes….and I had to check out this cake as Biscoff anything is ALWAYS really nice.

So after my Carbonara I waited a while till I wasnt feeling as full, and started to eat this.

This was really nice, I liked the flavour and texture.

  • Flavour : 5

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Overall :

Note : Just because this was gifted, that has not influenced my thoughts in any way. The above is a 100% honest review of the food.

Firstly a big thanks to FoodHub again, the service from the app just like the last few times has been perfect!

Service and food from Fratelli’s was really good, I was very impressed with the quality and the portion size.

I have no issued recommending either FoodHub App (IOS & Android) and Fratelli’s.

Overall Rating :

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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Patisserie Valerie (Glasgow) : Review

18-20 Royal Exchange Square
Glasgow G1 2AB

V: 13th August 2018      T:  0141 221 3090  W:

Child-Friendly: Yes (well-behaved kids)      Accepts: Cash & Card

I like visiting Patisserie Valerie every now and then, more so for the afternoon tea but today I decided to try something else.

There are two locations in Glasgow, I don’t really have a preference but if I had to choose I think this one is a little nicer than the other.

The Food…


Spaghetti Carbonara  £8.75


On arrival it looked a little of a disappointment, my next thought was why is there that light coloured cheese on it like that?

Another thing I noticed was the pasta was cut, rather than the big long strands…which am sure for some people is fine but for me this was strange. I am used to the normal way where I have to twist, and then eat…..

Flavour wise….not that great. Firstly it used cream and not the normal way, secondly the cheese through this was hmmm

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 3
Presentation : 2.5
Value for Money : 2.5



Overall very disappointed, this was not good and I definitely won’t be ordering this again.

Sorry guys

Review Scores – 

  • Atmosphere : 5
  • Staff : 4
  • Menu Choice : 5
  • Service : 3
  • Food : 3
  • Value for Money: 3
  • Overall : 3


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