Jamie Oliver’s Easy Sausage Carbonara

Photo by David Loftus
  • Prep time
    1 minute
  • Cook time
    14 minutes
  • Serves
  • Test Kitchen-Approved

  • 5 ounces

    dried tagliatelle

  • 3


  • 1/2 bunch

    fresh Italian parsley (½ oz)

  • 1

    large egg

  • 1 ounce

    Parmesan cheese

  1. Cook the pasta in a pan of boiling salted water according to the package instructions, then drain, reserving a cupful of cooking water. Meanwhile, squeeze the sausage meat out of the skins, then, with wet hands, quickly shape into 18 even-sized balls. Roll and coat them in black pepper, then cook in a non-stick frying pan on a medium heat with ½ a tablespoon of olive oil until golden and cooked through, tossing regularly, then turn the heat off.
  2. Finely chop the parsley, stalks and all, beat it with the egg and a splash of pasta cooking water, then finely grate and mix in most of the Parmesan.

  3. Toss the drained pasta into the sausage pan, pour in the egg mixture, and toss for 1 minute off the heat (the egg will gently cook in the residual heat). Loosen with a good splash of reserved cooking water, season to perfection with sea salt and pepper, and finely grate over the remaining Parmesan.

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