Ina’s Spring Green Spaghetti Carbonara

Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time
10 min
6 servings

This healthier twist on a classic carbonara from Ina Garten uses the bounties of Spring with green veggies such as asparagus, snow peas and fresh peas to add not only a vibrant colour, but also a lighter feeling and taste to the dish.

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Recipe courtesy of Ina Garten.

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Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
oz spaghetti, such as De Cecco
lb snow peas, julienned lengthwise
cup shelled fresh peas (1 pound in the pod), or frozen peas
to 14 thin asparagus, bottom third discarded and tips sliced in 2-inch pieces
Tbsp good olive oil
oz small-diced pancetta
cup heavy cream
extra-large eggs
extra-large egg yolks
cup freshly grated Italian Parmesan cheese, plus extra for serving
scallions, white and green parts, thinly sliced diagonally
cup minced fresh chives, plus extra for serving
Zest and juice of 1 lemon


Step 1

Bring a large pot of water with 2 tablespoons salt to a boil. Add the spaghetti and cook for 8 minutes, stirring occasionally. Reserve a cup of the pasta water, then add the snow peas, fresh peas, and asparagus to the spaghetti and cook for 2 minutes longer. Drain the pasta and vegetables together.

Step 2

Meanwhile, heat the oil in a medium (10 to 11-inch) sauté pan over medium heat, add the pancetta, and cook for 7 to 9 minutes, stirring occasionally, until browned. Transfer the pancetta to a plate lined with paper towels and set aside.

Step 3

While the pancetta cooks, fill a large bowl with the hottest tap water and set aside to heat the bowl. Just before you drain the pasta, pour the water out of the bowl. Put the cream, eggs, egg yolks, and ¼ cup of the reserved pasta water into the bowl and whisk to combine. Immediately, add the hot pasta and vegetables and toss with tongs for a full minute or two, until the pasta absorbs the sauce. Add enough reserved hot pasta water to keep the sauce creamy. Add the ¾ cup Parmesan, the scallions, chives, lemon zest and juice, 1 tablespoon salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper and toss well. Add the pancetta, sprinkle with salt, and serve hot sprinkled with extra chives and Parmesan.

a bowl of spaghetti carbonara with green veggies

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