A big stone serving bowl piled high with spaghetti and lots of parmesan

Pigs-in-blankets carbonara

  • serves 2
  • Easy

If, by some miracle, you have any pigs-in-blankets left-over from your Christmas dinner, give them a new lease of life in this rich carbonara recipe


Try this festive twist on carbonara, then check out our classic easy spaghetti carbonara, vegetarian carbonarapenne carbonara and leek carbonara.



olive oil 2 tbsp
  • pigs-in-blankets 150g, cut into small pieces
  • garlic 2 cloves, peeled
  • egg yolks 3
  • parmesan 80g, finely grated, plus extra to serve
  • black peppercorns ground to make 1 tsp
  • spaghetti 200g


  • Step 1

    Heat the oil in a non-stick frying pan over a medium heat and cook the pigs-in-blankets for 8-10 minutes, or until crisp and cooked through. Add the garlic for the final 2 minutes of cooking time, then remove the garlic and take the frying pan off the heat.

  • Step 2

    In a bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, parmesan and black pepper. Cook the spaghetti in a large pan of lightly salted water following pack instructions, then drain, reserving some of the cooking water. Add a ladle of the pasta cooking water to the egg yolk and parmesan mixture, and whisk again.

  • Step 3

    Tip the spaghetti into the frying pan with the pigs-in-blankets, and set over a very low heat. Add the egg yolk and parmesan mixture and toss together using tongs until the sauce thickens slightly and starts to cling to the pasta. Divide between two plates, and serve with another grating of parmesan over the top, if you like.

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 947
  • Fat 47.9g
  • Saturates 17.1g
  • Carbs 80.7g
  • Sugars 4.9g
  • Fibre 5.3g
  • Protein 45.4g
  • Salt 2.3g