A simple Johnsonville sausage “carbonara” pasta recipe

If you have one hour to cook AND eat, this is the recipe you should try! I usually take an hour to cook even something simple so this was quite a personal feat. As usual, I wish I could eat healthy but laziness often gets the better of me and I opt for simple dishes that can be made from whatever I can find at home.

frying them johnsonville sausages with garlic
Cut them into chunks instead of thinner slices cos I wanted more bite this time around.
Mixing Perfect Italiano parmesan cheese into the eggs
Mixing parmesan into the eggs
Frying sausage pasta
Mix it up

Serves 2 hungry people or 3 people on a diet.


  • 150g pasta*
  •  2 large cloves of garlic
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Johnsonville  sausages, chopped into slices
  • 100 g parmesan cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp red chilli flakes (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

(*A finer pasta like angel hair or vermicelli works better to “pick up” that sauce.)

Just do it:

A) Prep pasta

  1. Cook pasta as per instructions on packet.

B) Prep egg mix

  1. In a separate bowl, break eggs and beat them. Stir in parmesan cheese, leaving some scraps for garnish.

C) Prep ingredients

  1. Smash garlic cloves with the palm of your hand or bottom of a knife.
  2. Pour olive oil into wok/ saucepan. Fry garlic and sausages for 2 min.
  3. Pour in chili flakes and continue stirring them for another minute.

D) Combine

  1. Once pasta is cooked, place pasta into the pan. You don’t need to drain it completely as you want some of that pasta water to get into the saucepan/ wok. The starchiness will help to thicken the sauce. Cook for a while, till the pasta dries up a little.
  2. Remove from heat.
  3. Pour in egg mix into the pan and start tossing it around.
  4. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Serve hot cos it tends to dry up and get a bit meh when cold.
  6. “If the dish does get a little dry before serving, splash in some more hot pasta water and the glossy sauciness will be revived.”


A) Cook pasta

B) Fry sausages, chili flakes and garlic in olive oil

C) Add pasta to the mix.

D) Remove from heat and stir in beaten egg mixed with parmesan cheese.

johnsonville carbonara spaghetti recipe
Top with a sprinkling of parmesan and ground black pepper for that nicely dusted look.

Thank you BBC Good Food for this recipe, as well as the 153 comments left by those who had something to say about the recipe, ranging from out great and simple it was to how it could not be called an authentic carbonara. Hey, whatever man.

Note: I thought I could could eat this for lunch AND dinner but this dish does not reheat very well. There is a reason why you remove the pan from heat before stirring in the egg mix. When reheating, the eggs got cooked and had that fried egg feel. Lol. That’s all. KTHNXBAI.

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