Easy Carbonara Recipe

Did you know you can prepare an easy carbonara recipe in a muffin pan? This method is simple, fun and creates perfectly portioned pasta nests. It’s a new way to enjoy a classic Italian pasta dish.

Pasta Nests with an egg in the center
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  • Category Title Pasta

  • Cuisine Type Italian

  • Level Simple

Recipe By: Delallo



  • Preheat oven to 425°. Lightly butter a 12-cup muffin pan.
  • Meanwhile, heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add pancetta and cook until golden brown, about 6 minutes. Set aside.
  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook pasta according to package instructions.
  • In a large bowl, stir together the cream, 1/2 cup cheese, nutmeg and paprika. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • With a slotted spoon, scoop the pasta from the hot water directly into the cream mixture. Stir well to coat. Mix in the pancetta. If cream begins to clump, add a little of the hot pasta cooking water. Let sit for 5 minutes.
  • Using tongs, transfer a small amount of the pasta mixture and arrange it in a muffin cup, forming a spiral as you place it. Repeat with the remaining pasta, filling all of the cups. Pour any leftover cream into the cups.
  • Create a small indentation in the center of each cup and sprinkle the remaining cheese amount the nests.
  • Bake nests until they become golden and bubbly, about 10 minutes. Remove the muffin pan from the oven. Reduce oven temperature to 350°F.
  • Crack a quail egg into each nest and bake for another minute. Once cooked, remove from heat and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Remove from pan and serve garnished with chopped olives.

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