If you've never had pasta carbonara, all you need to know is that it involves bacon, eggs, lots of cheese, and that it's ridiculously simple to make. Keep in mind that it's a classic Roman dish, which makes opening a bottle (or three) of red wine non-negotiable.
Here's what you'll need.
¼ pound guanciale or pancetta, cut into ⅓-inch cubes
7 large egg yolks (yes, 7)
1 large egg
1 pound spaghetti
Freshly ground black pepper
½ cup freshly grated Pecorino, plus more for garnish