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Carbonara has been the subject of some severe bastardization here in the states, where we regularly eschew Italian tradition in favor of garlic, bacon, and green peas for some reason. Today we're doing both the old-school and illegitimate versions of the hotly-contested dish, both of which deserve their place in your grandmother's handwritten recipe cards.
See those chefs tear me apart here: esvid.net/video/vídeo-bnZ_70XyVAk.html
Music: "A Beautiful Life" by Broke for Free
Traditional Carbonara shopping list:
1/2 pound guanciale (can substitute with pancetta)
3 large eggs
1 egg yolk
4 ounces of cheese (Pecorino Romano or Parmigiano-Reggiano)
Ground black pepper
Spaghetti noodles
Modern Carbonara shopping list:
1/2 pound thick cut bacon
Parmesan or Romano cheese
3 large eggs
1 egg yolk
Ground black pepper
1/3 cup starchy pasta water
Bucatini noodles


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15 ago 2019






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Binging with Babish
Binging with Babish Hace 6 meses
According to my 23andMe, I'm 10.7% Italian, so...pretty much an expert here.
Angelo Del Duca
Angelo Del Duca Hace 3 días
@b This is one theory. For another carbonara's origin is probably in Abruzzo (there guanciale is called carbonata) or Napoli and starts to became famous after WWI when the romans took the credits
mclean Hace 19 días
Tommyg2002 dux
Tommyg2002 dux Hace 24 días
Tommyg2002 dux
Tommyg2002 dux Hace 24 días
Yes it is scientifically proven that italian blood helps in a chef's carrier
Shiho Tamaki
Shiho Tamaki Hace un mes
You’re always the expert
Boredgamer Hace un día
I don't get why people get upset about these things. Let people make their food how they want and stop being a salty bitch about it. So what if some person you don't know prefer a "traditional recipe" a little differently. I don't see how anybody could reasonably be personally offended by that.
mf rmd
mf rmd Hace un día
italians would go crazy if they saw filipino spaghetti lmao
Evie Infinite
Evie Infinite Hace 2 días
I'd put garlic in carbonara and call it 'Carbonara' just to piss people off. I say fuck them! Even if they just don't want people calling it Carbonara, no fucks to give here.
Moon full Of stars
Moon full Of stars Hace 2 días
I tryed this but I used chicken instead of the bacon and it came out so nice. X
Luigi Cuzzone
Luigi Cuzzone Hace 2 días
If You don’t want to follow the tradition it’s ok but don’t make a total different thing and call it carbonara pls
Miriam Hace 2 días
that's a real carbonara!
Jonathan Ambray
Jonathan Ambray Hace 2 días
I am sorry i am from the philippines and when my dad cooks carbonara the sauce is white and has mushrooms and ham.The sauce is creamy and a little thick.The noodles are soft Does anyone know what kind of carbonara is this?
chinitonamoreno Hace 2 días
I lold on tge Italian crying ahaha
Toshi Hace 2 días
Like it takes alot of self control for me not to cook a whole packet of bacon.
Michael Shepherd
Michael Shepherd Hace 2 días
Loving me some Carbonara. That being said by way of a reality check for 'purist Italian chefs' out there. Some of the porky-goodness you demand for the classic dish simply isn't an option for rural cooks. We have to improvise. Lighten up and accept that people love the food enough to come up with a 'work around' rather than do without.
Maur Hace 2 días
mentai rice babish
Xander Hace 3 días
Carbonara primavera Try it
Rafaela Assis
Rafaela Assis Hace 3 días
fav pasta ever
Iliveforfood Hace 4 días
Am I the only one who can't stop thinking about that one bts run vid?
hawkturkey Hace 4 días
Is it called carbonara because the meat is carbonized?
Fabio Zacà
Fabio Zacà Hace 4 días
Fashion, music, art, just to name a few things that gets along and evolve with time. Why cannot cooking be the same?! I do love the traditional carbonara but also the "Babish" carbonara is good as well. Thanks to this guy I have discovered hundreds of foods, ingredients, movies, had a deeper knowledge of the USA and a better understanding of its culture. It is not only food, which acted as a medium, and I am grateful to have stumbled on your channel 3 years ago. Keep up the good work!
Vips Vipsa
Vips Vipsa Hace 4 días
I’m an italian and I’m prettty pissed right now
andrea nicolodi
andrea nicolodi Hace 4 días
This carbonara recipe is perfect L'Italia ti ringrazia 🇮🇹
Piotr Rywczak
Piotr Rywczak Hace 5 días
I cannot not add garlic to my carbonara. The sheer amount of garlic in my diet results in every meal gaining a so-called "negative garlic taste value" which can only be mitigated by adding just a teeny-tiny bit of garlic (1 - ∞ cloves per 100g) to every meal, and that includes carbonara... *and I will add sour cream as well* ahem...
Cabal Paxiarch
Cabal Paxiarch Hace 5 días
Yeah sorry, the first version is definitely much, MUCH better but I will make one concession and say that I love garlic so I'm willing to cheat on that front. Otherwise it's carrrrr-bonara all the way.
Zac Zebrowski
Zac Zebrowski Hace 5 días
Just made this for valentine's day dinner. It was amazing! Babish. You fucking rock
Sana Hace 6 días
Any bts fans here? Caaraabonara... Tonymontana... Lachimolala... Carabonara😂😂😂😂😂
vanillo Hace 6 días
He didn’t add pasta water 😱
Marianne Johnson
Marianne Johnson Hace 6 días
I literally Just got on ESvid to find that video of the three chefs because I'm making carbonara for dinner and I remembered that they said that all of those other chefs were wrong! I think Jamie Oliver was one of the people they critique as well!? But anyways I literally came to find that video so I could remember how to make the real deal and then also hopefully find a newer version and I could pick between them. Dude, I freaking hit the jackpot with your video. Only bummer is there was no guanciala or pancetta so I literally have to use thick bacon. First world problem .
Jackster Gamemaster
Jackster Gamemaster Hace 7 días
I made this last night, thank you so much I was very proud of it’s out come and y family loved it
Lila Wilburne
Lila Wilburne Hace 7 días
"And a cool trick to see if your pasta is done is to takeout a strand... and eat it, to see if it's done. Don't throw it against the wall you frickin' weirdo?"
Lisa Silverman
Lisa Silverman Hace 7 días
"mama mia, i have AIDS!" - babish after he gets AIDS from his carbonara
Lisa Silverman
Lisa Silverman Hace 7 días
"mama mia, i have AIDS!" - babish after he gets AIDS from his carbonara
Will Manley
Will Manley Hace 8 días
Had this at school its pretty flipen good
AlmightyStarfire Hace 9 días
To all Italians out there, I want you to know that I'm about to make carbonara with fatty ham and add mushrooms to it. Because there's no guanciale or pancetta within a hundred miles of me. Goodbye.
Italian Goku
Italian Goku Hace 9 días
Jackson Hace 10 días
Oooh Babish rocking a Milgauss👀one of my favorites
Omni Hace 10 días
I have the same glasses as you
Mr.Electro Hace 10 días
are any of your good dishes vege
Madela Morales
Madela Morales Hace 10 días
*filipinos has left the chat*
Rxpxntlxss _
Rxpxntlxss _ Hace 10 días
can we use mozzarella?
Thanks for the recipe! What's the serving size and how much pasta did you cook?
Pua Willson Pierce
Pua Willson Pierce Hace 11 días
I freaking knew it. Carbonara doesnt have cream in it. People here add cream which makes it look white.
Trogs Hace 11 días
PantherIsBoss Hace 12 días
Babish: Puts Garlic in Carbonara Italian Critics: *So you have chosen death*
Carlos was here
Carlos was here Hace 12 días
Nice one Babs 😚
Greg Dennison
Greg Dennison Hace 12 días
Made this this evening amazing and easy. Traditional
weldinflowers Hace 13 días
Well done, said this Sicilian. Thumbs up
ShOtGuNOfRivia Hace 13 días
Hey man, great vids, I also recommend a new trick I've seen of finishing all the ingredient in a ban marie.
Katy Wayant
Katy Wayant Hace 13 días
In case anyone is wondering, Husband and I made the second carbonara and HOLY HECK WAS THAT DELICIOUS. Thank you for making my life better.
RedRisotto Hace 12 días
Well, the second one was not "Carbonara"... but I prefer it that way too... When completely massacring the recipe, I also add a splash or white wine and heavy cream because I can. Guanciale takes some driving, but Pancetta is available everywhere BOTH beat standard industrialized processed bacon. Next time, I'm adding adding some Golden Retriever whiskers in to my "Carbonara" because I am a rebel.
bobsauce100 Hace 13 días
Notice how Andy seems to have no feeling in the tip of his fingertips anymore. Truly the mark of a master chef.
Judah Mwania
Judah Mwania Hace 14 días
Let's see if this is better than Davie504's
ham hamham
ham hamham Hace 14 días
this is not barbonara , this is commerical
Russell deJesus
Russell deJesus Hace 15 días
The classiest apology video
Mitchell jefferson
Mitchell jefferson Hace 15 días
So good but not clean plate good?
marinos #09
marinos #09 Hace 16 días
You should have used Ben Marie for the eggs
Daniel Carville
Daniel Carville Hace 16 días
I like how he tells people to eat a bit of pasta to test doneness as if that's not the normal thing to do
Adolf Schinkler
Adolf Schinkler Hace 16 días
Okay. When he said he's going to make the "modern" version of this dish every Italian would get mad about, i imagined something more wild. I've seen far worse "Carbonara" recipes. Here in Germany, the "classic" version is a cream based sauce with maybe one or two egg yolks in it. Hell, i've seen versions with onions and even mushrooms in it.
Robert Woodrum
Robert Woodrum Hace 5 días
Tfw germans are just upgraded canadians
Chromsode Hace 17 días
Filipinos will put cream of mushroom soup in carbonara and I thought that was the original recipe.
The sinner Jim Whitney
I make my carbonara (which seems to be universally loved by my friends, family, and fellow miscreants) almost exactly like your second take, only with pancetta and 'ramps' (Appalachian wild leeks, try them if you haven't, they're magic and I'm pretty sure they grow in New York) instead of onions or garlic. I sauté thinly sliced ramp bulbs and leave them with the pasta and sauce, and sprinkle the plated dish with dehydrated and crumbled ramp greens. I won a local ramp cook-off with it three years running, and it's fan-damn-tabulous.
b. mila
b. mila Hace 18 días
Not passive-aggressive at all..
HickoryDickory86 Hace 19 días
I don't care whether the traditional recipe calls for it or not, I'm having my damn garlic! 😊
Luigi Vagnozzi
Luigi Vagnozzi Hace 19 días
I'm italian and I can confirm that you nailed the og one
SophieTesti Hace 20 días
The thing with us Italians, is that food is way more than just fuel for the body. Food and culture here, like in many other places, just can't be separeted. When you create a dish and call it "carbonara" (and I'm not referring to the video, it's just a general observation) many people are going to believe it Is the real deal, when it just isn't. I guess what I'm trying to say is, cook whatever you want, but just don't disrespect traditions like that, because to us they truly matter.
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