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Udon Carbonara

Carbonara gets an Asian glow-up thanks to the addition of Japanese udon noodles. As well as giving you chewy, comforting noodle epicness in every bite, they do a great job of soaking up all that glossy, savoury and umami-rich sauce. Slurp-tastic!


Udon Carbonara

5 minutes
15 minutes

½ tsp black peppercorns 

3 eggs, plus 2 egg yolks 

100g (3.5 oz) finely grated parmesan cheese, plus extra to serve 

200g (7 oz) guanciale, pancetta or speck, sliced into batons 

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (optional) 

400g (14 oz) udon noodles 

extra ground black pepper, to serve (optional) 

  • Step 1

    Use a mortar and pestle to grind the peppercorns to a coarse powder. Scoop out into a large bowl. Crack in the eggs, then add the egg yolks and parmesan. Whisk until well combined. 

  • Step 2

    Heat the guanciale in a large frying pan over high heat (you don’t need any oil initally). You want the pork to colour as well as render some fat. If there isn’t a sheen of fat on the bottom of your pan after 3-4 minutes, then add the olive oil. Turn the heat off but let the pan sit on the warm stovetop. 

  • Step 3

    Bring a large pot of water to the boil. Cook or soak the noodles for their recommended cooking time. 

  • Step 4

    Reserve a cup of noodle cooking/soaking water. Then drain the noodles and add them straight into the warm pan. Add the egg mixture and toss with the noodles. Keep tossing the noodles in the egg mixture until it thickens (turn the heat on low under the pan if necessary – just be careful not to scramble the eggs!). If the sauce becomes too thick, you can loosen it with some of the pasta cooking water. 

  • Step 5

    When the sauce is thick, divide among serving plates. Sprinkle over extra pepper if required and serve immediately. 

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What our customers say

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Simple, Filling, Delicious!

April 18, 2024

Such an easy to follow recipe and so satisfying and delicious. Have made multiple times over again.

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Cheap and filling!

January 25, 2024

This is definitely a filling dish! Initially I thought the serving would be better for just two…I was definitely wrong. It’s also a pretty budget friendly meal, too. I ended up using white powdered pepper, since that’s what I had, it worked well.

Definitely be putting this meal in rotation! Thanks, Marion!

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January 11, 2023

I made this last night with a few tweaks after having cooked the normal recipe – adding an extra egg, 1x tsp of shiro miso, 6x shiitake mushrooms and some spring onions to garnish.

The base recipe was amazing, adding the extras blew me and my partner away!

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