When we were in Italy, Carbonara was a staple at almost every restaurant. What I love about this dish is that it uses pantry staples and it’s easy enough to make on a quick night, while having robust flavor. It uses minimal ingredients that are inexpensive and easy to find! I knew I wanted to give you a perfect Gluten-Free Spaghetti Carbonara that everybody will love! You’ll feel fancy and totally surprise your family and guests. Made in partnership with ALDI.
Gluten-Free Spaghetti Carbonara
I am so excited to partner with my friends at ALDI to bring you today’s easy spaghetti carbonara recipe! It’s a total staple that’s affordable and beyond delicious.
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Essential Carbonara Ingredients:
- Gluten Free Brown Rice Spaghetti: I’m loving liveGfree Brown Rice Pasta from ALDI
- Egg Yolks: ALDI has SimplyNature Organic Cage Free Brown Eggs
- Bacon or Pancetta: I’m loving Appleton Farms Never Any! Bacon that was raised free from antibiotics, added hormones, steroids and animal byproducts. The more than 20 Never Any! meats have also earned the Good Housekeeping Seal.
- Pecorino Romano or Parmesan: We used Priano Shredded Parmesan Cheese or you could use the Priano Parmesan Cheese Wedge in this recipe
- Tons of fresh Stonemill Ground Pepper
Because it’s only a few simple pantry ingredients, you want them to be high quality! Normally when making a cheesy type of pasta, you thicken with some sort of starch or flour, but this dish is thickened with egg yolks, making it naturally gluten-free (assuming you are using gluten-free pasta).
How do you make carbonara
- 12 oz. liveGfree Gluten Free Brown Rice Spaghetti
- 1 1/2 cup pasta water
- Stonemill Sea Salt Grinder for water
- 6 pieces nitrate-free Appleton Farms Never Any! Bacon, sliced into 1/2" pieces (see note)
- 3 garlic cloves, smashed
- 6 SimplyNature Organic Cage Free Brown Egg yolks
- 1/2 cup finely grated Priano Shredded Parmesan Cheese , plus more for garnish
- 1 teaspoon fresh Stonemill Ground Pepper, plus more for garnish
- Bring a large pot of salted water to boil for spaghetti. Cook according to package instructions.
- While pasta is cooking, cook bacon until crispy. If there is an excessive amount of bacon grease, as in more than 2 tablespoons drain the excess. Add smashed garlic cloves and cook for 1 minute and then remove them. You want to cook it just long enough to release the garlic flavor into the bacon.
- In a small bowl mix together egg yolks, parmesan cheese and black pepper.
- Once pasta has finished cooking, reserve about 1 1/2 cups pasta water. Drain pasta and return it back to the pot.
- Working quickly add 1 cup of the reserved pasta water into the egg yolk mixture and whisk together. Add this mixture to the pasta. The residual heat from the pan and the hot pasta will cook the egg yolks gently without scrambling them. The sauce should be rich and creamy, but not overly thick. Add more of the reserved pasta water if needed to thin out the sauce (see note). Add salt to taste if needed, but the parmesan cheese and bacon should be enough to season it.
- Serve immediately with additional black pepper, parmesan cheese and garnish with red pepper flakes, if desired.
- Traditionally carbonara uses pancetta. We used bacon here because you are more likely to have this on hand than pancetta. If you'd like to stick to the authentic flavor than sub in about 4 oz. diced pancetta.
- Depending on the brand of pasta you use, you may need more water to thin out the sauce.
Here’s the lovely GF Carbonara we enjoyed in Italy at Rome Cavalleri!
Want other gluten-free pasta dishes? Try these favorites:
- Sausage and Spring Veggie Pasta
- Caprese Pesto Pasta Salad
- Instant Pot Creamy Cajun Pasta
- BLT Pasta Salad
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