Spring Pasta Carbonara – What’s Gaby Cooking

Spring Pasta Carbonara is going down in history as one of the best things I’ve ever made! Period. End of story. Let’s do this!

Spring Pasta Carbonara from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

Peas, Scallions, Lemon, Mint, all things that you wouldn’t find in a traditional pasta carbonara but newsflash guys… they are excellent additions in this Spring Pasta Carbonara!

Peas are literally coming out of my ears from all of my farmers market excursions recently. I think by now you all know I put fresh lemon zest and juice on juice about everything. It just adds that extra zip and brightness. Scallions (or green onions) are a quick and easy way to brighten up any dish. And mint is the most under-utilized herb and I’m determined to make it more popular! You could easily use basil if that’s more your speed, but the mint and the peas are a magical combination that everyone needs to try! And if you’re on board – this Chicken Skewers with a Cilantro Mint Vinaigrette are also HIGH on my list of life changing combos!

This Spring Pasta Carbonara is light and bright but with that same consistency that you love when eating a carbonara! It’s the perfect dish to make for dinner parties for the foreseeable future! Throw it on the table with my green monster salad and it’s a match made in heaven!

Spring Pasta Carbonara


  • 4 ounces pancetta, cut into a small dice
  • Olive oil
  • 10 ounces fettuccine or linguine
  • 1 lb fresh English peas
  • 3 scallions, thinly sliced on an angle
  • 1 egg, whisked
  • ½ cup freshly grated parmesan
  • ½ cup freshly grated pecorino romano
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • Fresh mint for serving


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
  2. Cook the pasta according to the package directions until al dente. If using fresh peas, add the peas 2 minutes before the pasta is done. If using frozen, add 30 seconds before the pasta is done. Reserve 1 cup of the pasta cooking water before draining the pasta and the peas.
  3. In a large heavy bottom dutch oven skillet, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium high heat. Add the pancetta and cook until browned, about 8-10 minutes. Season with pepper and turn off heat.
  4. Add a few tablespoons of the pasta water to the skillet with the oil and the pancetta and whisk to combine and emulsify the fat with the water. Add the whisked egg to the skillet making sure not to scramble it. Add the pasta, peas and scallions into the pancetta and egg mixture. Toss to combine. Add the cheeses and toss to combine again. Add more pasta water as needed to thin. Season with salt, pepper, lemon zest and lemon juice. Serve with plenty of fresh mint on top



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