Meryl Streeps “Heartburn” Carbonara





I LOVE food scenes in movies. So for the next few months you will see more posts that reference these awesome scenes in movies. I will share with you some of the best I’ve found in my exhaustive research.  If you have a scene that you want to recreate; comment, email, etc and I’ll try and create a recipe you can try at home!!

Heartburn with Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep

In the movie “Heartburn” Meryl makes Jack Nicholson Spaghetti Carbornara after their first evening together. Make the whole pound of pasta at once! Don’t skimp and bring it to bed…no crumbs!!


As much as I could do without Jack chewing with his mouth open, it still is a great foodie movie scene. I think everyone should know how to make a good pasta dish whether it’s carbonara, primavera or alfredo. It’ll impress your most complex guests and it’s quick and easy.

  • 1 lb spaghetti
  • 1/4 lb cubed pancetta (or buy it cubed at grocery store)
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine (or vermouth)
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese (freshly grated add more if you like…never too much)
  • black pepper
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • freshly grated nutmeg

Put a large pan of salted water on for the pasta. Cut the pancetta into 1 x 1.5cm / ½ x ¼ inch cubes. sauté the cubes in a large frying pan with high sides (you will mix the final dish in the pan). Cook the pancetta until it is crispy not crunchy. Pour the wine over the cubes while the heat is still on and let it bubble up, it will become a syrupy consistency then take it off the heat.


In a bowl, beat together the eggs, Parmesan, cream and some pepper.


Cook the pasta more or less according to the instructions, but since you want it kept al dente start checking it 2 minutes before the package says it’s done. Remove ½ to one cup of the pasta water before draining (the starchy water will help your sauce adhere to the pasta). Put the other pan, the one with the bacon cubes, on the heat and add the drained pasta, tossing well to coat with the syrupy pancetta. Add the pasta water to the mix to your desired “wetness”.
Take the pan off the heat again and add the eggs and cheese mixture, swiftly tossing everything to mix. Add additional pepper and cheese. Dig in fast and reheat with a splash of water if needed!


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