Roasted Garlic Carbonara

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Carbonara is a staple pasta dish. Using minimal ingredients: parmesan, eggs, and bacon, I thought it would be interesting to jazz this dish up a bit. In lieu of bacon, salty prosciutto is used instead but transformed into a crumble on top. The roasted garlic flavor completely transforms the carbonara. For an easy, yet decadent meal, this is the one!



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Roasted Garlic Carbonara

Taking the ordinary Carbonara to a whole new level with roasted elements and crunchy toppings. Splurge on the ingredients makes a huge difference.
Active Time15 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: croutons, eggs, parmigiano-reggiano, pasta, proscuitto


  • 2 teaspoon Kosher Salt, plus more for taste
  • 1 pound Spaghetti or Bucatini
  • 4-6 slices Proscuitto
  • 1 cup Day Old Bread, cubbed
  • 2 Shallots
  • 2 Garlic Cloves
  • 4 Egg Yolks, large
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving
  • ¼ cup Pecorino cheese, optional
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon Freshly Cracked Black Pepper, plus more for serving


  • Preheat oven to 400°, and on a baking sheet add the cubed bread, garlic cloves, peeled shallots, and drizzle olive oil. Layer the slices of proscuitto on top, and bake until golden brown, around 6 to 8 minutes.
  • In a large pot, fill with water 2 inches from the top. Place over high heat and let it come to a boil. Add 2 teaspoon of salt. Cook the pasta until al dente. Scoop about 1 cup of pasta water before draining the pasta in a colander.
  • In a small bow, whisk together the egg yolks, Parmessan, Pecorino (optional), and black pepper. Since the mixture will be thick, whisk in about ¼ cup of the reserved pasta water to make the mixture pourable.
  • Place the roasted garlic cloves and shallots onto a cutting board, and dice easily with a knife.
  • Place the toasted bread cubes along with the crunchy proscuitto into a blender, and pulse 3 to 4 times until it resembles breadcrumbs.
  • Return the pasta to the large pot and stir in the roasted garlic and shallots. Pour in the egg yolk-Parmesan mixture and stir vigorously. Gradually add about ¼ cup of the reserved pasta water and continue to stir to coat the pasta. Check for seasoning.
  • Sprinkle the proscuitto-bread crumbs on top, along with a little more of Parmesan cheese and pepper and some fresh basil leaves.


The bread topping is completely optional, but it adds a surprising and yummy texture to the dish! 



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