Chorizo carbonara

Chorizo carbonara
  • Serves icon Serves 4
  • Time icon Hands-on time 20 min

Add a fiery kick to your dinner with this quick version of a classic Italian carbonara recipe which replaces ham with smoky chorizo.

Nutrition: per serving

Calories
655kcals
Fat
27.3g (9.4g saturated)
Protein
31.7g
Carbohydrates
72.5g (5g sugars)
Fibre
4g
Salt
1.5g
Calories
655kcals
Fat
27.3g (9.4g saturated)
Protein
31.7g
Carbohydrates
72.5g (5g sugars)
Fibre
4g
Salt
1.5g

Ingredients

  • 400g spaghetti
  • 160g cooking chorizo
  • 4 medium free-range eggs
  • 50g parmesan
  • 1 lemon

Method

  1. Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil. Add the spaghetti to the pan and cook for 10-12 minutes until al dente (or cook according to the packet instructions). Drain the pasta, reserving a ladleful of the cooking water.
  2. Meanwhile slice the chorizo into rounds. Set a large frying pan over a medium heat, add the chorizo slices and fry for 4-5 minutes, turning once, until starting to crisp. Remove from the heat.
  3. Crack the eggs into a bowl, then grate the parmesan into another bowl and beat 3 tbsp of it into the eggs. Finely grate the zest from the lemon.
  4. Tip the drained pasta onto the chorizo in the pan and toss well. Add the egg and parmesan mixture and the grated lemon zest, then toss until the mixture thickens but doesn’t scramble. Use a little of the reserved pasta water to loosen the mixture if need be.
  5. Squeeze over a little lemon juice, then serve sprinkled with the reserved parmesan and some freshly ground black pepper.

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