Italian chefs criticized one of my recipes a couple of months ago here this is my response.

Pasta Recipe
Fresh egg pasta:
3 eggs
300 grams of flour

Cacio e pepe recipe:

I’ve seen people make Cacio e Pepe with olive oil, others have told me and swear by just cheese and pepper, others put butter (I’m not going down this road again)
For this recipe, I decided to just stick to Parmesan, Pecorino and Pepper. 3 Ps.

For one portion, I usually go for at least 3/4 cup of grated cheese. Half will be added in the warm pan, half to finish the dish.
The pepper is a matter of taste, start with 2 tsps of freshly pounded black and pepper and go from there.
Toast the pepper first with oil, if you are using olive oil. If not, I’ve found that adding the fresh pepper to the pasta when finishing, helps give me the flavor that i want.

To make sure that the cheese melts well and creates a smooth sauce, rather than a clumpy one, make sure where ever you are combining the pasta + pasta water + cheese + pepper, is not a screaming hot pan, I’ve found that warm pans or a warm bowl does the trick.

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34 thoughts

  1. If you add or take away ingredients, you should not call it carbonara. Because it's not. You can change the way you mix the ingredients, BUT you cannot change them or replace them. How about "my own version of American apple pie" and I put kiwis in it. I should call it kiwi pie, don't you think?

  2. But we’re saying you can’t add butter to a carbonara. As soon as you add a butter or cream it’s not carbonara. You can’t

    Can no longer say carbonara. Schifo

  3. Dude get over yourself. You gonna put yourself out there, be prepared for critique. Your reaction only shows your immaturity and tiresome macho attitude. I know your sister, and she’s got more balls than you 😆😆😆

  4. For me, there is no strict recipe for food as long as it is edible, tasty, and delicious that would do for me. Love your videos and your attitude Erwan!

  5. The video by the Italian chef is done in good humor, because any Italian knows that Carbonara is a very traditional Roman dish and only in Rome do they understand it fully. Thus, from the get go it is understood that the videos would be off, or the whole series of videos would not have a reason to exist. The Italian chefs pick the most viewed videos and in this sense you should be flattered. Because it is a traditional dish, there are no "versions" and certainly not ones with butter, garlic or salt added at the end. Frankly, you should not call your pasta a "version" of carbonara. It is somewhat offensive to folks to love the dish and respect its history. Just make a pasta dish the way you want and don't try to get more views by labeling it carbonara, because carbonara it ain't. Plain and simple. No versions.

  6. This so called chef is just a selling agent for his sponsors. Whatever food he's making, the name of that food doesn't haven anything to do with the basic, original recipe. Garlic in carbonara is plain stupid and shows how little this fellow knows about the fundamentals of cooking. He's just a promoter for brands, not a chef.

  7. At the end of the video one of the chefs says "carbonara for us is the border between life and death". It's a joke said with the typical Roman humor …. but in a certain sense it is true. For the Romans (I'm from Rome) carbonara is a very serious thing. Maybe for videomakers it's just a question of marketing (put the word "carbonara" under your video and you will have many viwers and therefore many sponsors). But people who see the video will believe that the version of that pasta (egg, garlic, butter, basil) is the correct thing to do. For videomakers it is a question of marketing, for us Italians (especially Romans) it is a question of CULTURE. And the culture must be preserved. The cooks in the video made it clear: there is no precise recipe, but there are PRECISE INGREDIENTS. So stop calling any pasta made with egg "carbonara"!

  8. Italians hate every recipe but their own. Good for you Erwan, you are on the ranks of Gordon Ramsay and Nigell who also got criticized for their carbonara 😂

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