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This recipe is classed as easy

Rating 3.38 / 5 (93 votes)

Prep time:
25 min
Cook time:
10 min
Serves 4 as a starter

This classic Italian pasta dish uses pancetta, egg yolks and cream for a rich, tasty supper. From James Martin


1. Cook the penne in a large saucepan of salted boiling water for about 8-10 minutes, or according to the packet instructions, until just tender. Drain.

2. Meanwhile, heat 1 tbsp of the oil in a frying pan, add the pancetta and fry until crisp.

3. In a large bowl, beat the egg yolks with the cream and grated Parmesan. Season well with freshly ground pepper. Add the chopped parsley.

4. Add the freshly drained pasta to the egg yolk mixture, together with the remaining oil, the grated Parmesan and the fried pancetta. Toss together immediately. Season to taste with sea salt and frehsly ground pepper. Transfer to a warmed serving bowl. Top with the Parmesan shavings and serve at once.

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Latest Comment


lovely just made it for my family kids loved it used mushrooms and garlic aswell to make it a bit more filling, as there are 5 of us i would use more cream next time!

louiseC93154 louiseC93154  Posted 31 Jan 2011 5:55 PM

Used streaky bacon instead of panceta, cooked with 5 cloves of garlic. Best quality parmesan is the key. Fantastic

matthewS50832 matthewS50832  Posted 08 Dec 2010 7:39 PM

Fantastic , easy and very very yummi .. My dinner guests loved it and thought it was more complicated than it was ... good times

vickieN83765 vickieN83765  Posted 30 Jun 2009 10:00 PM

This is really nice! Give it a try.

MartynC12811 MartynC12811 Posted 29 Mar 2009 12:29 PM