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From Granny’s kitchen – the remake: Pasta Carbonara

Pasta carbonara |

About a year or so ago I got my hands on one of those precious old cookbooks. It must have been from the sixties or even older. It contained a few photos and those where so horrific that an idea formed in the back of my head immediately… How much fun would it be to do a remake of one of those really old photographs/recipes? It’s not only fun looking at those old pictures but what to think of things like: ‘Cook the cauliflower for 30 minutes’… Say whaaaatt?? Apparently in those days you’d cook even things like pasta for an insane amount of time.

Pasta carbonara remake |

The original image from the book

In this case the book I used is called “Modern Art of Cooking” by Pellaprat. It had quite a few images and certainly for that time (this one is from the sixties) but most of them are hideous. In fact the one you see above is not the worst by far. I’ve tried to find the photographer but apparently in those times it wasn’t done to mention the photographer in the book. Even though they rave about the beautiful ‘art of photography’ that was used, but no where have I been able to find a name. One thing I noticed is that the use of sauce is not restricted anywhere. There is a whole series of egg-dishes where you can only see round shapes under the sauce… Brown sauce of course… 🙂

Pasta carbonara |

I chose this one as I love pasta carbonara and it has been on the list to make for quite some time. The recipe was for 10 people so I did change the quantities somewhat as they were odd to say the least. Huge amount of pasta and than only 3 egg yolks. I used my own judgement for that and decreased the pasta amount to two people.

Pasta carbonara |

I always thought that you made a carbonara by adding the eggs into the hot pasta and creating the creaminess that way. However in this recipe they added the eggs to the sauce instead. I followed that method and well the end result was really delicious. Obviously I photographed it in a more modern way (I hope…haha)

More dishes to come as this is quite a fun project! We did two dishes that day and prepare for a disappointing second time as that was way harder! 🙂

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Pasta Carbonara
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Course: Pasta
Servings: 2 people
Author: Adapted from the Modern Art of Cooking
  • 150 gr spaghetti
  • 50 gr butter
  • 100 gr ham slices
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 200 ml double cream
  1. Cook the spaghetti according to package instructions, rinse and set aside.
  2. Let the butter melt in a skillet or large pan and add the ham slices . Bake them in the butter for a bit. Pour the cream in and leave this to thicken a bit. Take the pan of the heat and leave to cool slightly before adding the egg yolks.
  3. If it is too hot, the eggs will start baking immediately so be aware of that.
  4. Stir them well into the sauce and add the spaghetti.
  5. Serve immediately.

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  1. Haha, I need to get my hands one such an old cookbook – it looks so funny! Love a classic carbonara too, by the way.

  2. I always add my eggs to the pasta when I make this dish too. I should try adding them to the sauce instead — interesting idea. Old food photos can be a hoot, can’t they? Old cocktail photos look particularly odd IMO. Fun post — thanks.

  3. Pingback: From Granny's Kitchen: Rice dish with oriental chicken | Simone's Kitchen

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