Carbonara | Basics with Babish

Carbonara | Basics with Babish

Carbonara has been the subject of some severe bastardization here in the states, where we regularly eschew Italian tradition in favor of garlic, bacon, and green peas for some reason. Today we’re doing both the old-school and illegitimate versions of the hotly-contested dish, both of which deserve their place in your grandmother’s handwritten recipe cards.

See those chefs tear me apart here:

Music: “A Beautiful Life” by Broke for Free

+ Traditional Carbonara shopping list:
1/2 pound guanciale (can substitute with pancetta)
3 large eggs
1 egg yolk
4 ounces of cheese (Pecorino Romano or Parmigiano-Reggiano)
Ground black pepper
Spaghetti noodles

+ Modern Carbonara shopping list:
1/2 pound thick cut bacon
Parmesan or Romano cheese
3 large eggs
1 egg yolk
Ground black pepper
1/3 cup starchy pasta water
Bucatini noodles

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58 Responses

  1. Binging with Babish says:

    According to my 23andMe, I’m 10.7% Italian, so…pretty much an expert here.

  2. onnapnewo says:

    [cries in Italian] might be the best joke I’ve ever read.

  3. Rosenta United says:

    So basically this is a “disstrack” but without hurting any feeling?

  4. Riccardo Marin says:

    As an Italian, I loved how you took time to go from the OG CARRRBONARA to the American take on it.
    Great job as usual!

  5. HackerUnknown says:


  6. Abrown516 says:

    If I’m going dried pasta, I’ll never stray from bucatini for a carbonara. I’m fully converted; it’s amazing.

  7. 123 456 says:

    “Don’t throw it against the wall you freaking weirdo ” this part makes every Italian happy .

  8. Nisse says:

    Babish couldn’t quite decide if he wanted to pronounce *all* the words in italian

  9. Tyler says:

    Somebody make Italian captions for extra passive aggression.

  10. Matthew Elmakias says:

    Also make chicken Katsu thanks Japanese thanks on YouTube very soon

  11. Hari says:

    Start a food critic series called: “Bitching with Babish”

  12. Ronomic says:

    C’mon Andrew – I love your channel, but I’m still incomplete without the Triple Goober Berry Sunrise.

    I can die in peace when it happens.

  13. Yes B. says:

    2:45. “Just a little bit of salt”

    *becomes salt bae*

  14. EvaSavesTheInternet says:

    i feel like u said “carbonara” with such fervor to really drive ur point home here

  15. Random Bald Guy says:

    Me: watching babish make carbonara

    My brain ever time he says carbonara: *_CrEaMyy wiThOuT aDdInG cReAm_*

  16. Skiwiguy says:

    “.. a more modern, less traditional version that’s sure to piss ’em off”
    Haha gottem

  17. Kosmos 1511 says:

    you should totally try food from samurai champloo, for example the dumplings or the ribs

  18. StuckInASock says:

    “Pull it out *using your hand* like a real gentleman.”
    ~Andrew Rae 2019

  19. Winston Smith says:

    “Tossed pasta and scrambled eggs”…the Frasier theme was really (almost) about a failed carbonara. 😉

  20. Muhammad Arief says:

    Please do sojiro’s curry and coffee from persona 5. I need to see whether curry and coffee go well with each other

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