Bacon tagliatelle carbonara recipe

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Carbonara is one of the easiest pasta dishes to make and tastes great with bacon and lots of Parmesan cheese - make this delicious recipe in just 15 minutes for a warming meal everyone will enjoy.

Bacon tagliatelle carbonara
Preparation Time5 mins
Cooking Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories721 Kcal36%
Sugar1.9 g2%
Fat49.5 g71%
Saturated Fat26.1 g131%
Salt2.35 gRow 4 - Cell 2
Protein31.0 g62%
Carbohydrates36.8 g14%
Salt2.35 gRow 7 - Cell 2

This bacon tagliatelle carbonara is a delicious mid-week meal the whole family will love...

Bacon tagliatelle carbonara is one of the easiest pasta dishes to make and tastes great with lots of Parmesan cheese grated on top! The kids will love this bacon tagliatelle and it's ready in just 15 minutes! Be sure to serve the bacon tagliatelle as soon as it is cooked otherwise the eggs will curdle. This recipe serves four but it's easy to scale up if you are cooking for more!


  • 75g butter
  • 175g dry cured unsmoked bacon, cut into strips plus streaky rashers to garnish
  • 400g tagliatelle
  • 8 egg yolks
  • 6 double cream
  • 50g Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Freshly grated nutmeg
  • Chopped fresh parsley




  1. Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil for the pasta. Melt 75g butter in a large, deep frying pan, and 175g dry cured unsmoked bacon, cut into strips, and cook over a medium heat for a few minutes, until golden brown.
  2. Add 400g tagliatelle to the boiling salted water, stir and return to a gentle rolling boil. Cook for 8 minutes until al dente. Meanwhile in a bowl large enough to hold the pasta, mix together 8 egg yolks, 6 tablespoons double cream, 50g Parmesan cheese, freshly grated, 1 small teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, ½ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg and 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley.
  3. Drain the pasta. Remove the bacon from the heat and add the pasta to it, mixing quickly with the bacon and butter.
  4. Add the pasta mixture to the egg mixture and toss well. The heat from the bacon, butter and pasta will cook the egg yolks.
  5. You must serve the dish immediately or the eggs will curdle. Recipe from Aldo Zilli
Top Tip for making Bacon tagliatelle carbonara

Aldo's tip: Try dry cured bacon with maple or honey for a smokey, syrupy flavour

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Jessica Dady is Food Editor at GoodtoKnow and has over 12 years of experience as a digital editor, specialising in all things food, recipes, and SEO. From the must-buy seasonal food hampers and advent calendars for Christmas to the family-friendly air fryers that’ll make dinner time a breeze, Jessica loves trying and testing various food products to find the best of the best for the busy parents among us. Over the years of working with GoodtoKnow, Jessica has had the privilege of working alongside Future’s Test Kitchen to create exclusive videos - as well as writing, testing, and shooting her own recipes. When she’s not embracing the great outdoors with her family at the weekends, Jessica enjoys baking up a storm in the kitchen with her favourite bakes being chocolate chip cookies, cupcakes, and a tray of gooey chocolate brownies