Characterized by its creamy egg, cheese, and pancetta sauce, carbonara is a favorite among pasta-lovers across the country. Though we’ve added sliced shiitake mushrooms, we’ve kept the classic components—sizzling pancetta and a generous amount of Pecorino. Egg yolks give the sauce its signature golden hue. Reserving some of the pasta water will help thicken the sauce, so be sure to set some aside before draining the pasta. The starchy water will also help the sauce cling to the noodles—so don’t rinse the pasta before you add the sauce.
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Note: The heat from the pasta cooks the eggs, but not thoroughly. It may be advisable for young children, the elderly, and anyone with a compromised immune system to avoid eating this dish.