Looking for a decadent pasta recipe that’s relatively foolproof? Bookmark this easy sausage carbonara from Jamie Oliver because it requires just five ingredients and a quick study of technique via the video tutorial. In place of bacon or pancetta, this take on the Italian classic packs a spicier punch by using fresh sausage while achieving the signature creamy texture.
*We must admit our first attempt fell flat. Be sure to heed Chef Oliver’s directions to turn off the heat completely so as not to end up with scrambled egg pasta. Bon Appétit!
Jamie Oliver’s Sausage Carbonara
150 g dried tagliatelle
3 higher-welfare sausages
½ a bunch of fresh flat-leaf parsley
1 large free-range egg
30 g Parmesan cheese
Cook the pasta in a pan of boiling salted water according to the packet instructions, then drain, reserving a mugful 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.
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.
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.