Ingredients

How to make it

  • Cook pancetta in medium skillet over medium heat until brown, stirring often, about 8 minutes. Using slotted spoon, transfer pancetta to paper towels; drain.
  • Pour off all but 2 tablespoons drippings from skillet. Add cream, garlic, and crushed pepper to drippings in skillet; bring to boil. Set aside.
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  • **IF USING ZUCCHINI: (If not, skip this step)
  • Heat oil in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat. Add zucchini; sauté until tender, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes. Transfer to large plate. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
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  • NOTE: Pancetta, cream mixture, and zucchini can be made 2 hours ahead. Let stand at room temperature.
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  • Cook pasta in large pot of boiling salted water until just tender but still firm to bite. Drain well. Return pasta to pot.
  • Meanwhile, place eggs in their shell in small bowl. Add enough hot water to cover. Let stand 5 minutes. Crack eggs into large bowl and whisk to blend.
  • Bring cream mixture to boil in skillet. Gradually whisk hot cream mixture into eggs. Mix in 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese.
  • **IF USING PEAS: Add baby peas - the heat will thaw them in about 1 minute or so.
  • Add sauce to pasta and toss over medium heat until sauce coats pasta (do not boil). Add pancetta (and zucchini) and toss to heat through. Season with salt and pepper. Serve, passing remaining cheese.
  • Serves 6 happy people. =)

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  • Noodleheimer 3 years ago
    I think proper carbonara is NEVER made with cream!

    Noodleheimer, UK
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    " It was excellent "
    notyourmomma ate it and said...
    Love pancetta and red pepper. Bucatini is a delicious pasta.
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    " It was excellent "
    shine ate it and said...
    Okay, I'll be over for dinner! Dinner's at six? I'll be there at noon just make sure I'm not late!

    I absolutely love this dish, and make it regularly... why am I no longer surprised, but simply delighted, at our compatible palettes!

    I love you!
    You've got it going on!
    Ray
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    " It was excellent "
    trigger ate it and said...
    Bucatini Carbonara With Pancetta And Baby Peas is my kind of pasta dish Zucchini would go well with it too. I will be over after he rain with some wine and crusty bread.
    Michael
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    " It was excellent "
    waterlily ate it and said...
    Sounds fabulously decadent! Thanks!
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    " It was excellent "
    neena51 ate it and said...
    I made this last night..... A definite 5!!!!!!!!
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    " It was excellent "
    neena51 ate it and said...
    This looks divine!!!!!
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    " It was excellent "
    greekgirrrl ate it and said...
    I just made a pasta dish with bucatini last night. You're right, it holds sauce very well. I'll be trying this out very soon. Got my 5! Thanks, Lu!
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  • pieplate 6 years ago
    I love bucatini, when I can find it. I like your techniques for heating up the cream and eggs without cooking them too much. And, I forgot to say: I love your screen name and icon!
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  • abermouse 6 years ago
    Awesome
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  • yomomma 6 years ago
    This sounds divine, thanks
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