Creamy Carbonara Tagliatelle

Creamy pasta with crispy ham

Cuisine: Italian

Main Ingredient: Tagliatelle

Category: Main

Difficulty: 5/10

Recipe by Dave Edwards
2021-04-10 18:50 BST
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Creamy Carbonara Tagliatelle

Serves: 2
Oven temp:
Prep Time: 1 mins
Cooking Time: 6 mins


160 gramsFresh tagliatelle
100 gramsSerrano ham
200 mlSingle cream
1 largeEgg yolk
3/4 cupParmesan cheese
2 tablespoonsFresh basil
1 tablespoonOlive oil
twist Black pepper


1Bring a large pot of salted water to boil over high heat. Add the tagliatelle and cook according to package instructions. This may be as little as 4 minutes for fresh pasta.
2Add the serrano ham to a large frying pan with a touch of olive oil and sauté over a medium-low heat until crisp, about 2-3 minutes. Do not over cook. Transfer the serrano ham to a bowl using a slotted spoon.
3Whisk the egg yolk into the cream and then stir in the parmesan cheese before putting the mix into the frying pan.
4Add the black pepper to taste. You will not need to add salt as the parmesan cheese and serrano ham both have a high salt content.
5Return the serrano ham along with the basil and then the drained tagliatelle. Coat the tagliatelle with the sauce and make sure that all the ingredients are hot.
6Serve with a little more parmesan grated over the top and basil as garnish.


This recipe uses serrano ham, but you could use prosciutto or pancetta. You'll just have to alter the cooking time. You may also use dried tagliatelle if you wish.
15 Minute Total Time
  • Creamy Carbonara Tagliatelle

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