Looking for easy dinner ideas? It's time to give our tasty Carbonara Roll a try!

Who'd have thought one of the most popular Italian pasta exports was probably invented when the Americans came to Rome in 1944? Legend has it that spaghetti carbonara — a pasta dish consisting of egg, grated parmesan, and bacon — was created as a cheap and simple Italian-American hybrid dish around this time.

Even if you don't have any pasta at home and are looking for easy dinner ideas, you can prepare your own tasty carbonara dish by following the following recipe...

You'll need:

For the roll:

  • 12 slices of bread
  • 10½ oz crème fraîche 
  • 7 oz bacon, cut into strips
  • 1½ oz parmesan

For the coating:

  • 3½ oz crème fraîche
  • 1½ oz parmesan
  • 2 oz grated mozzarella

For the garnish:

  • 3 egg yolks with shell
  • fresh chopped parsley

Here's how:

1. For the roll, start by removing the crusts from the slices of bread and lay them out in a rectangle (it's best to do so 3 by 4), ensuring that they're slightly overlapping on the work surface. Next, roll them out flat using a rolling pin and spread an even layer of crème fraîche on the entire surface.

2. Fry the bacon strips in a pan until they're crispy; spread them out on top of the crème fraîche. Next, grate the parmesan on top.

3. Roll the bread up and wrap it in food wrap. You can twist the ends like a candy wrapper. This keeps the roll compact and ensures nothing falls out. Refrigerate the roll for about 30 minutes.

4. Next, remove the food wrap and cut away both ends from the bread roll. Cover the entire roll with the second portion of crème fraîche and run a fork through it. Grate on some more parmesan and sprinkle on the mozzarella. Bake the roll in a convection oven set to 390°F for 20 minutes.

5. Remove the roll from the oven and place the egg yolks inside half egg shells on top. Lightly press the shells into the roll so that small pits form. Bake everything one more time at the same temperature.

6. To finish, tip the now creamy egg yolks into each pit and sprinkle some parsley onto the roll. Your masterpiece is now finished!

When there's no pasta in the house, this dish is the perfect replacement for fans of the original carbonara version. This delicious roll also looks pretty smart with the egg yolk garnish.

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