Authentic Amalfi Coast Pasta Carbonara

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5 from 4 votes

At a quaint, off the beaten path café in Amalfi, Italy, I had the best carbonara I’ve ever had (and one of the single best pasta dishes I’ve ever had). The family that owned this café was so happy that we loved their pasta, that they invited me into their kitchen to watch the magic happen. It was one of the best moments of my life!!

This “Amalfi style” includes the five standards ingredients in Roman carbonara (spaghetti, pancetta/guanciale, eggs, cheese, and black pepper), but it also includes whole milk and shallots.

Still – this recipe doesn’t include cream or peas that you’d typically see in carbonara throughout the US! This Amalfi carbonara is still delicate like the Roman version, but it has just a bit more creaminess with a touch of sharpness from the shallot.

I was so lucky to be able to watch and cook carbonara with a pro. Here’s how she made carbonara as I remember it. She didn’t measure out ingredients, so I’ve experimented with the recipe to recreate it just how I remember it tasting! Check out my blog post with a video of the whole experience here!

Vibing the Roman version more, or want to cook up a comparison? Here’s the Roman recipe!

Authentic Amalfi Coast Pasta Carbonara

This “Amalfi style” includes the five standards ingredients in Roman carbonara (spaghetti, pancetta/guanciale, eggs, cheese, and black pepper), but it also includes whole milk and shallots.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: any season, winter
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 845kcal
Author: TastefullyGrace


  • 1 pound good-quality spaghetti
  • 8 ounces pancetta or guanciale, which is fattier and gamier
  • 1 ½ cup parmigiano reggiano plus more to garnish
  • ¾ cup whole milk
  • 2 shallots chopped
  • 3 large eggs you can substitute pasteurized eggs if you prefer!
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper or to taste


  • In a bowl, whisk together milk, egg, cheese, and black pepper. Set aside.
  • Begin boiling spaghetti to al dente, according to cooking instructions on box.
  • In a separate large pot, sauté pancetta in a dry pan until it just starts to get crispy, about 5-8 minutes over medium heat. Drain extra fat (the liquid in the pan!). Add shallots (and a dash of olive oil if needed) and sweat them for about 2 minutes. Then turn heat to low to keep ingredients warm.
  • Drain pasta and add to pancetta/shallot pot. Use tongs to combine. Turn stove off, and add egg mixture, stirring into hot pasta, pancetta and shallots. Stir constantly until all ingredients are steaming hot.
  • Serve immediately with more grated cheese and black pepper! OH MY!!


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Serving: 1serving | Calories: 845kcal | Carbohydrates: 90g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 16g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 140mg | Sodium: 827mg | Potassium: 509mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 386IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 378mg | Iron: 2mg
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  1. Bob N.
    August 19, 2022 / 4:21 am

    Do you use the entire egg or just the yolks. Many, if not most, of the pasta carbonara recipes I’ve come across call for using just the egg yolks?

    • TastefullyGrace
      August 19, 2022 / 3:32 pm

      Hi Bob!

      I use the entire egg. Adding some egg white creates the perfect creamy texture. Too much egg white will cause your eggs to curdle when heated. 2 whole eggs in the recipe I find is just perfect!

      Let me know if you try it out!

  2. Sara
    August 7, 2022 / 12:22 am

    Just made this today and it was FANTASTIC!
    Appreciate the recipe:)

    • TastefullyGrace
      August 8, 2022 / 12:45 pm

      I am SO happy to hear that! Thank you for leaving a review!

  3. Beth
    July 9, 2022 / 3:19 pm

    Hello! This looks fabulous. I appreciate your enthusiasm for great food and love your simple short instructional video. I would love to make this for a party of 10 but wonder if the volume and timing at the stove would not lend itself to a simple dinner party. Could I make this at least 20 minutes ahead of the party and keep it warm without ruining it?

  4. Steve
    May 15, 2022 / 10:34 pm

    Made this tonight using Pancetta it was very tasty but heavy. Next time I make this I think I will use bacon, and maybe parmigiana reggiano cheese instead of pecorino.

    • TastefullyGrace
      May 16, 2022 / 2:07 pm

      Hi Steve,

      Thanks for the comment. I hope you enjoyed! I definitely don’t recommend pecorino cheese…parmigiano reggiano is the classic!

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