Carbonara is one of the world's most famous pasta dishes made with few ingredients, yet so many diverse recipes around. If you wish to make a traditional Carbonara, skip all unnecessary additions (cream, onion, garlic, herbs) and stick to the original recipe - the most straightforward and best one. The traditional recipes require only these ingredients - eggs, Pecorino Romano cheese, Guanciale (pork cheek), freshly ground pepper and most importantly, best quality spaghetti. Of course, to experience authentic Carbonara, the best is when made with Guanciale. Its fatty part is where all tasty flavours are. If you cannot find Guanciale, do not worry, good quality fatty pancetta is an okay substitute. Likewise, you can substitute Pecorino Romano with Parmegiano Reggiano or combine them.
If you want to try a different gourmet version of Carbonara, we recommend the Carbonara recipe by Michelin 3-Star Chef Norbert Niederkofler, where he used fusilli farro pasta or rigatoni Carbonara recipe by one of the best Italian chefs Cristiano Tomei.