Bacon and cheese pasta with crispy spinach balls

Pasta Carbonara with Spinach Balls Recipe

30 Minutes
Serves: 2
A delicious bacon carbonara with cream and parmesan, tagliatelle pasta ribbons coated in a creamy egg, parmesan and cream sauce served with tasty spinach balls flavoured with garlic, parmesan and nutmeg.

Recipe Ingreds


  • black pepper (to taste)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cloves garlic
  • 0.25 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 25 grams parmesan or pecorino cheese
  • salt (to taste)
  • 1 slices brown bread
  • 250 grams Spinach
  • 1 sunflower oils (for frying)


  • black pepper (to taste)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 40 grams parmesan or pecorino cheese
  • salt (to taste)
  • 75 ml single cream
  • 150 grams tagliatelle
  • 90 grams bacon (smoked)


  • 1 garlic bread

Recipe with pictures Steps

Step 1

  • wash the spinach
  • remove the stalks
  • wilt the spinach in a pan
  • cook for a minute or two

Step 2

  • remove from the heat
  • squeeze as much liquid as possible from the spinach
  • chop the spinach finely
  • add to the bowl
  • add the nutmeg

Step 3

  • peel and crush the garlic using the garlic crusher or chop finely
  • add to the bowl

Step 4

  • using a food processor blend the bread into fresh breadcrumbs

Step 5

  • grate the parmesan onto the breadcrumb plate and mix the breadcrumbs and parmesan together with salt and pepper
  • add to the bowl
  • stir to mix the ingredients

Step 6

  • add the egg(s) to a bowl
  • beat the egg
  • add the egg to the spinach and stir
  • the mixture should be a binding consistency
  • if the mixture is to wet add additional breadcrumbs

Step 7

  • set the oven to 220C 425F or gas mark 7

Step 8

  • roll the mixture into walnut sized balls
  • heat about 2 cms of frying oil in a frying pan
  • shallow fry till golden brown
  • place on kitchen paper
  • keep warm

Step 9

  • half fill a medium pan with water and boil
  • add a spot of olive oil and a pinch of salt to the boiling water

Step 10

  • add the pasta to the boiling water and cook until tender but with a slight bite

Step 11

  • while the pasta is cooking

Step 12

  • put the garlic bread on the baking tray and place in the oven follow cooking instructions on packaging

Step 13

  • heat the olive oil in the frying pan

Step 14

  • chop the bacon into pieces
  • add the bacon to the frying pan
  • cook till crisp and golden brown
  • set a side

Step 15

  • separate the whites and yolks

Step 16

  • finely grate the parmesan

Step 17

  • add the salt and pepper
  • whip the yolks, cream and parmesan

Step 18

  • reserve a few tbsps of cooking liquid from the pasta
  • drain the pasta

Step 19

  • add the pasta to the bacon frying pan
  • add the egg mixture to the frying pan
  • cook the pasta and sauce till the sauce thickens

Step 20

  • if the sauce gets to thick add a touch of the reserved pasta liquid
  • taste and season with salt and pepper if necessary

Step 21

  • remove garlic bread from the oven
  • with the garlic bread

Step 22

  • serve hot with the spinach balls

Recipe Utensils

  • 1 baking tray
  • 1 bowl
  • 2 chopping board
  • 1 food processor
  • 1 Garlic crusher
  • 2 grater
  • 1 jug
  • 1 kitchen paper
  • 1 large bowl
  • 2 large knife
  • 2 large pan
  • 2 non stick frying pan
  • 1 sieve
  • 3 small bowl

How to make bacon and cheese pasta

This simple pasta carbonara is given an exciting twist by the addition of Antonio Carluccio spinach balls. The smoked bacon is cooked into crispy squares, and the tagliatelle is cooked till it is al dente. The pasta is added to the bacon, the cream, parmesan and egg are mixed together to form the sauce. The sauce is added to the pasta and cooked carefully to ensure it doesn't curdle. The pasta is served with delicious crunchy spinach balls. These are made by wilting the spinach, adding the nutmeg, garlic, grated parmesan and fresh breadcrumbs, the spinach mixture is formed into balls and shallow fried. 

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