Wayne Thiebaud’s Spaghetti with Mizithra Cheese

  • Serves

    serves 4-6


In the spirit of a classic carbonara, artist Wayne Thiebaud's recipe from the California Artists Cookbook (Abbeville Press, 1982) combines smoky bacon and prosciutto with egg yolks and mizithra, an aged sheep's milk cheese from Greece, for a gloriously rich dish. This recipe first appeared in our Jan/Feb 2014 SAVEUR 100 issue with the article California Artists Cookbook.


  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 lb. spaghetti
  • 4 oz. bacon, cut into 1″ pieces
  • 4 oz. prosciutto, cut into ½″ pieces
  • 1 medium red onion, thinly sliced
  • ½ cups chicken stock
  • 4 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 2 cups grated mizithra cheese or parmesan
  • ¼ cups finely chopped parsley
  • 4 egg yolks, lightly beaten


Step 1

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook spaghetti until al dente, about 10 minutes. Meanwhile, heat bacon and prosciutto in a 6-qt. saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook until bacon is crisp, 8–10 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer bacon and prosciutto to paper towels to drain. Add onion to pan; cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, 4–6 minutes. Add stock and butter; boil. Drain spaghetti and add to pan; toss with sauce. Remove from heat; stir in reserved bacon and prosciutto, plus half the cheese, the parsley, egg yolks, salt, and pepper. Serve remaining cheese on the side.

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