Guide To Serve Creamy Carbonara Recipe Panlasang Pinoy Quick

Posted on

This isn’t your nonna’s carbonara, but it’s sure to become a favorite in your own household. This creamy carbonara recipe takes inspiration from the beloved Filipino dish “panlasang pinoy,” meaning “Filipino taste.” It’s rich, flavorful, and sure to satisfy.


Creamy Pasta Carbonara - Panlasang Pinoy
Creamy Pasta Carbonara – Panlasang Pinoy

1 pound spaghetti or linguine

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup chopped shallots
  • 1/2 cup chopped white onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped ham, cubed (or diced bacon)
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus extra for serving
  • 1/4 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Chopped fresh parsley, for garnish (optional)

  • Instructions:

    1. Cook the pasta: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook according to package instructions, until al dente (cooked but still firm to the bite). Reserve about 1 cup of the pasta water before draining.

    2. Sauté the aromatics: While the pasta cooks, heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add a drizzle of olive oil and then the garlic, shallots, and onion. Sauté for 3-4 minutes, or until softened and fragrant.

    3. Cook the ham: Add the chopped ham (or bacon) to the pan and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes, until lightly browned and crispy.

    4. Whisk the egg mixture: In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, heavy cream, milk, grated Parmesan cheese, and a generous amount of black pepper.

    5. Combine everything: Once the pasta is cooked, drain it, reserving the pasta water as mentioned earlier. Immediately return the pasta to the pot and add the cooked ham mixture and half of the reserved pasta water. Toss to coat.

    6. Temper the egg mixture: Slowly drizzle the egg mixture into the pasta pot, whisking constantly, until the sauce thickens and coats the pasta. If the sauce seems too thick, gradually add more reserved pasta water, a tablespoon at a time, until it reaches your desired consistency.

    7. Serve and enjoy: Remove the pot from heat and stir in the remaining grated cheddar cheese. Garnish with chopped fresh parsley, if desired, and serve immediately with extra Parmesan cheese for sprinkling on top.

    Nutritional Facts:

    (Please note that nutritional information can vary depending on the specific ingredients used. This is an approximate estimate.)

    Calories: Per serving (about 1 cup) – 700-800

  • Fat: 40-50g
  • Carbohydrates: 60-70g
  • Protein: 30-40g
  • Sodium: 500-600mg (depending on the cheese and ham used)

  • Conclusion

    This creamy carbonara recipe is a delicious and satisfying twist on the classic Italian dish. It’s perfect for a weeknight meal or a weekend dinner party. With its rich and flavorful sauce, it’s sure to be a crowd-pleaser.


    1. Can I use a different type of pasta?

    Absolutely! While spaghetti or linguine are traditional choices, you can use any type of long pasta you like, such as fettuccine or even penne.

    2. Can I use a vegetarian alternative to the ham?

    Yes, you can! Try using chopped mushrooms, tofu crumbles, or even chopped vegetables like bell peppers or zucchini.

    3. My sauce curdled! What can I do?

    If your sauce curdles, it may be because the eggs were cooked too quickly. Try reducing the heat to low when adding the egg mixture and whisk constantly. You can also try adding a tablespoon of cold butter to the sauce while whisking to help it smooth out.

    4. Can I make this recipe ahead of time?

    The sauce is best enjoyed fresh, but you can cook and drain the pasta ahead of time. When ready to serve, reheat the pasta gently and toss it with the prepared sauce.

    5. What can I serve with this dish?

    This creamy carbonara recipe is quite rich, so a simple green salad or some steamed vegetables would be a perfect accompaniment. You could also serve it with a crusty bread for dipping in the delicious sauce.