Perfecting A Delicious Carbonara Pasta With Grana Padano

There’s not really a food that I enjoy more than a delicious, steaming bowl of hearty pasta. Simple yet elegant, creamy yet versatile. And the best part is the whole family love it as much as I do and it’s such a quick and easy meal to pull together with minimal ingredients. I’ve played around with different methods and elements to perfect this recipe but there’s really no need to over complicate things and I’ve found a generous helping of scrumptious Grana Padano gives it a wonderfully creamy depth of flavour that keeps me coming back for second helpings.

how to make a Delicious Carbonara With Grana Padano

how to make a Delicious Carbonara With Grana Padano

Why Grana Padano?

For this recipe I’ve used Grana Padano Riserva which is matured for over 20 months (giving it a really full flavour). After 9 months all Grana Padano wheels undergo strict testing, only after passing these tests can they be fire branded with a mark that guarantees the quality, by the Grana Padano Protection Consortium’s experts – without this fire-branding, the cheese cannot be called or sold as Grana Padano.

Grana Padano Riserva is aged for a minimum of 20 months and at the request of the producer, undergoes further testing. If they pass these further tests, they will be fire branded with the Riserva mark.

It’s completely carbohydrate free and it’s even suitable for people who suffer from lactose intolerance due to the characteristics of its production and its long ageing period, making it lactose free.

Grana Padano is recognised as a Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) product and is the world’s best-selling PDO cheese. Its PDO status means that it is essentially and exclusively linked to the area in Northern Italy where it is produced, which ensures the ultimate in quality, authenticity and traceability, making it an ideal ingredient in meals and snacks around the globe.

how to make a Delicious Carbonara pasta With Grana Padano

Delicious Carbonara Pasta With Grana Padano

Ingredients

300g fresh spaghetti, you can use whole-wheat if you wish.

125g Grana Padano cheese, finely grated

3 large free-range eggs

100g Cooked chicken or bacon if desired or prosciutto if preferred. (You could also use just cooked peas.)

2 garlic cloves

1 Knob of salted butter

Pinch of salt & pepper

Method

  • Place a large pan on the hob with some salted water and bring to the boil, if using dry pasta start to cook now for 12 minutes, if fresh this will only need 3-4 minutes.
  • Take a large bowl and crack in the eggs, gently beat and add the grated Grana Padano
  • Season the mixture (I like to use white pepper here so that the children don’t protest!)
  • Meanwhile crush in your garlic and add the melted butter, frying over a low heat in a frying pan or large saucepan for a couple of minutes until softened – careful this doesn’t catch on the bottom. Mix in your cooked meat if using (or peas)
  • Drain the cooked pasta (check it’s cooked al dente – firm to bite) and keep aside the cooking water
  • Now, this is the tricky bit so follow carefully to ensure your eggs don’t cook too fast and leave you with scrambled egg – add a couple of tablespoons of the reserved pasta water to your egg mixture and stir gently through, add a couple more if necessary to get your perfect consistency. Once finished, add your cheesy egg mixture back to the empty pasta pan, tip the cooked pasta back in and your buttery garlic (with meat if using) and gently stir it all together.
  • Finally, gently stir through on a low heat until the sauce has thickened, then you’re ready to serve with an extra grating of Grana Padano Riserva to finish it off – delicious!

how to make a Delicious Carbonara pasta With Grana Padano

 

This is by far the children’s favourite quick and easy homemade dinner for when I’ve totally forgotten to take anything out of the freezer, it’s so versatile I love mixing it up and adding things like prawns or asparagus to create a whole new meal and adding dough balls or garlic bread if I have them.

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120 Comments

  1. Holly Peterson
    September 18, 2018 / 10:41 am

    Pasta and Green Pesto with mushrooms and asparagus. Simple and delicious!

  2. joanne casey
    September 18, 2018 / 8:21 am

    chilli-con-carne a real family favourite too

  3. lisa dolatowski
    September 18, 2018 / 7:56 am

    Its got to be mince and tatties!

  4. Charlotte Burford
    September 17, 2018 / 11:46 pm

    Jamie Oliver’s garlic mushroom pasta! Delicious 😊

  5. Maria hackett
    September 17, 2018 / 10:59 pm

    I love grilled salmon with lemon sauce and butter beans xx

  6. Anthony G.
    September 17, 2018 / 10:08 pm

    A stir fry

  7. Ann Willers
    September 17, 2018 / 8:13 pm

    Macaroni cheese and bacon

  8. charlotte
    September 17, 2018 / 7:07 pm

    fajitas! mm

  9. Mark Milsom
    September 17, 2018 / 6:08 pm

    Baked Chicken & Chorizo rice with peppers

  10. amy Simpson
    September 17, 2018 / 2:54 pm

    Basil Pesto with Parmesan Cheese

  11. joanne beale
    September 17, 2018 / 12:58 pm

    Cheese Omelette

  12. Isabell Whitenstall
    September 17, 2018 / 11:46 am

    My go to meal is actually Carbonara, its so quick and easy to make.

  13. JANET HUMPHREY
    September 17, 2018 / 9:53 am

    meatballs for me, often with bacon

  14. Cara Lavery
    September 17, 2018 / 9:37 am

    Beef Tacos- Literally throw beef mince peppers onions, beef stock and spices into a pot and leae to cook for an hour. Hassle free and taste amazing

  15. Peter Watson
    September 17, 2018 / 9:18 am

    Spaghetti Bolognese

  16. claire woods
    September 17, 2018 / 8:19 am

    Pizza.

  17. Angela Treadway
    September 17, 2018 / 12:17 am

    pasta usually x

  18. Amanda Richardson
    September 16, 2018 / 10:43 pm

    Tuna pasta bake

  19. Valerie Seal
    September 16, 2018 / 9:37 pm

    it’s pizza – but I don’t make it from scratch.

  20. Lorrainek
    September 16, 2018 / 9:17 pm

    Chilli con carne

  21. Katie
    September 16, 2018 / 8:57 pm

    tuna pasta bake

  22. Gillian Hitchen
    September 16, 2018 / 8:42 pm

    tuna pasta

  23. Pam Francis Gregory
    September 16, 2018 / 4:17 pm

    Chicken Fajita Pasta

  24. Bethany Molyneux
    September 15, 2018 / 11:02 pm

    Beef Stroganoff

  25. Tracy Newton
    September 15, 2018 / 4:51 pm

    Pasta with homemade tomato sauce, shredded basil and Parmesan shavings

  26. Geri Gregg
    September 15, 2018 / 4:01 pm

    Pizza is my go to easy meal

  27. Lorna Ledger
    September 15, 2018 / 2:12 pm

    Spag bol, because you can make it as simple or as dressy as you like

  28. Dale Dow
    September 15, 2018 / 1:56 pm

    Tortizzas, it’s pizzas made on tortillas and really quick and easy to make

  29. Margaret Clarkson
    September 15, 2018 / 10:30 am

    Omelette

  30. Michelle Smith
    September 15, 2018 / 10:25 am

    Spaghetti Bolognese

  31. Janet Birkin
    September 15, 2018 / 10:17 am

    Pasta with Tuna

  32. judy Kennedy
    September 14, 2018 / 1:55 pm

    Stir fry, vedge, garlic & ginger, chicken or prawns, noodles all in a wok with sweet chilli

  33. Sheena Batey
    September 12, 2018 / 5:39 pm

    Beans on toast with melted cheese on top

  34. Fozia Akhtar
    September 12, 2018 / 5:22 pm

    A quick tomato and basil pasta

  35. September 12, 2018 / 3:01 pm

    Carbonate is my hubby’s absolute preferred!!! What a yummy recipe, will offer this version a attempt. fantastic comp too! x

  36. Diana
    September 12, 2018 / 1:21 pm

    Vegetable rice and fish fingers 🙂

  37. Ray Becker
    September 12, 2018 / 9:18 am

    Scrambled eggs on toast

  38. Mrs Rosalind Amison
    September 11, 2018 / 7:14 pm

    Pasta with Pesto and some garlic bread.

  39. Michelle Ferguson
    September 11, 2018 / 5:56 pm

    Steak and chips, quick, tasty and filling

  40. Annabel Greaves
    September 11, 2018 / 4:53 pm

    I love spaghetti bolognaise x

  41. clair downham
    September 11, 2018 / 2:06 pm

    chorizo and pepper pasta

  42. Keith Hunt
    September 11, 2018 / 1:59 pm

    A cheese pie

  43. Christine Sutherland
    September 11, 2018 / 1:21 pm

    Pate on toast with olives

  44. Cath English
    September 11, 2018 / 11:35 am

    Pasta with leftovers! Quick, easy and cheap

  45. iain maciver
    September 11, 2018 / 11:34 am

    love tuna pasta bake

  46. olivia kirby
    September 11, 2018 / 11:04 am

    beans on toast

  47. ElizM
    September 11, 2018 / 10:16 am

    chorizo and pasta bake with loads of cheese – the kids love it

  48. Alice Dixon
    September 11, 2018 / 10:00 am

    Pasta bake, quick and easy, and I can pop it in the oven and leave it so I have more time with my kids after school

  49. laura stewart
    September 11, 2018 / 9:31 am

    Pasta and tuna

  50. Lyndsey
    September 11, 2018 / 7:39 am

    Spaghetti bolognese

  51. Laura Turner
    September 11, 2018 / 7:25 am

    Quorn and vegetable stir fry

  52. Elizabeth Bazley
    September 11, 2018 / 5:50 am

    omelette

  53. Suzanne Jackson
    September 10, 2018 / 3:55 pm

    Curry

  54. September 10, 2018 / 1:22 am

    For a quick family snack, we make rice porridge with a bit of chocolate!

  55. lyn west
    September 9, 2018 / 5:53 pm

    Fresh ravioli, olive oil, basil & Grana Padano served with crusty bread

  56. rosie
    September 9, 2018 / 3:44 pm

    tuna and tomato pasta

  57. Kate Williams
    September 8, 2018 / 8:14 pm

    Spuds

  58. September 8, 2018 / 4:40 pm

    Spaghetti bolognese

  59. Jim Milligan
    September 8, 2018 / 1:41 pm

    Pasta and tuna

  60. katrina walsh
    September 7, 2018 / 11:54 pm

    spaghetti carbonara

  61. Iris
    September 7, 2018 / 8:52 pm

    It’s Spaghetti Carbonara or a chicken and vegetable tray bake

  62. Kate Knight
    September 7, 2018 / 4:32 pm

    Spag bol!

  63. Jackie Howell
    September 7, 2018 / 9:57 am

    cheese on toast

  64. Ash R x
    September 6, 2018 / 7:40 pm

    Pasta with grated cheese on top 🙂

  65. Emily Hutchinson
    September 4, 2018 / 3:07 pm

    Nachos!

  66. Kristy Brown
    September 4, 2018 / 10:40 am

    Spaghetti carbonara

  67. Laura Banks
    September 3, 2018 / 8:33 pm

    usually and omellete

  68. Rich Tyler
    September 3, 2018 / 4:28 pm

    Mac’n’Cheese

  69. Natalie Jones
    September 3, 2018 / 11:12 am

    Spag bol!

  70. Ren Taylor
    September 3, 2018 / 10:45 am

    Spaghetti Carbonara

  71. Caroline H
    September 2, 2018 / 10:43 pm

    Big salad with boiled eggs and toasted seeds and nuts.

  72. Andrea Upton
    September 2, 2018 / 10:33 pm

    Some sort of Stir Fry

  73. Helen Tovell
    September 2, 2018 / 9:46 pm

    Chicken stir fry

  74. September 2, 2018 / 9:28 am

    Pasta and a homemade abriata pasta sauce. Sometimes I make the sauce in advance and freeze it. I also love to make batches of pesto which I freeze and add to pasta on those days when I need something quick.

  75. amy bondoc
    September 1, 2018 / 4:40 pm

    Spaghetti Bolognese

  76. Rebecca Brown
    September 1, 2018 / 2:31 pm

    I love making roast vegetable lasagne with lots of cheese

  77. Toni
    September 1, 2018 / 8:26 am

    Chicken risotto! Great for using up any chicken leftovers!

  78. sarah birkett
    August 31, 2018 / 9:29 pm

    pasta , soft cheese and a pile of veg

  79. Wise Ways
    August 31, 2018 / 8:02 pm

    Pasta bake quick & easy 🙂

  80. Christine Dodd
    August 31, 2018 / 7:55 pm

    Broccoli and anchovy pasta with parmesan shavings

  81. Louise Rogers
    August 31, 2018 / 6:50 pm

    My go to meal is a tomato and courgette pasta. Yummy!

  82. Simon Tutthill
    August 31, 2018 / 6:50 pm

    A lovely fresh bolognaise

  83. Helen B
    August 31, 2018 / 2:21 pm

    a good old bolognaise 🙂

  84. leanne weir
    August 31, 2018 / 2:18 pm

    spaghetti and meatballs

  85. Claire Nutman
    August 31, 2018 / 1:36 pm

    Pesto Pasta !

  86. kris mc
    August 31, 2018 / 12:29 pm

    Yer its gotta be pasta

  87. Karen R
    August 31, 2018 / 12:23 pm

    I do love a tuna toastie xx

  88. Peter Hewitt
    August 31, 2018 / 12:02 pm

    Bacon and Eggs

  89. Louise A
    August 31, 2018 / 11:08 am

    Spaghetti Bolognese

  90. Farhana Chowdhury
    August 31, 2018 / 11:00 am

    Lasagne

  91. Gavin
    August 31, 2018 / 9:52 am

    I always have portions of meatballs in the freezer for when I can’t be bothered to cook.

  92. Suzanne
    August 31, 2018 / 9:28 am

    Pasta with cheese sauce, mushrooms and tomatoes.

  93. Kim Neville
    August 31, 2018 / 9:23 am

    Tuna pasta is one of our favourites and easy to make

  94. michelle o'neill
    August 31, 2018 / 7:45 am

    spag bol x

  95. Laura Baker
    August 31, 2018 / 7:25 am

    Spaghetti Bolognese

  96. silvia
    August 31, 2018 / 7:19 am

    Macaroni cheese, quick and oh! so yummy

  97. Rachel Craig
    August 31, 2018 / 12:55 am

    Macaroni Cheese.

  98. julie laing
    August 30, 2018 / 10:48 pm

    mac cheese

  99. Sarah Mackay
    August 30, 2018 / 10:17 pm

    Spaghetti bolognese

  100. Lorraine Tinsley
    August 30, 2018 / 10:09 pm

    Microwave tomato and cheese risotto

  101. faye Green
    August 30, 2018 / 9:39 pm

    Bolognese definitely!

  102. Zoe C
    August 30, 2018 / 9:21 pm

    Macaroni cheese

  103. nicola dean
    August 30, 2018 / 9:21 pm

    omelette with leftovers

  104. Ms C Bryan
    August 30, 2018 / 8:53 pm

    MACARONI CHEESE

  105. Rena Plumridge
    August 30, 2018 / 8:17 pm

    Macaroni cheese

  106. Simon Leaver-Cole
    August 30, 2018 / 7:42 pm

    Filled pasta

  107. Paul Scotland
    August 30, 2018 / 7:24 pm

    Beans on toast

  108. Solange
    August 30, 2018 / 7:09 pm

    A lasagne.

  109. John Jones
    August 30, 2018 / 6:56 pm

    Spag Bol

  110. sarah m
    August 29, 2018 / 7:24 pm

    Fresh gnocchi and cheese

  111. August 29, 2018 / 6:34 pm

    Bolognese for me, one of the rare meals everyone eats!

  112. August 28, 2018 / 7:51 pm

    We always use Grana Padano cheese it’s delicious! Love the look of this recipe, will try this as pasta is our favourite! x

  113. August 28, 2018 / 4:58 pm

    Carbonara is my hubby’s absolute favourite!!! What a yummy recipe, will give this version a try. Great comp too! x

  114. Helen Moulden
    August 27, 2018 / 10:31 pm

    I tend to do pasta with a pesto sauce. Quick and easy!

  115. sam macaree
    August 27, 2018 / 7:32 pm

    mac and cheese

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