Can I use cheddar instead of parmesan in a carbonara sauce?!

Question: Can I use cheddar instead of parmesan in a carbonara sauce?
I'm on a bit of a budget, and using cheddar will be much easier for me since I already have it.
Would it be ok to use finely grated mature cheddar instead of parmesan in carbonara?


The answer is an unqualified yes it will taste different but go for it, a recipe is a guide line alter it to suit your taste and budget.

46 years as a Chef

I'm a qualified chef and you so totally can! Experiment and make new variations on old recipes!

I wouldn't. The favor profiles are different. Use cheap parmesan if you have to, or make another dish.

Yes but it's not Carbonara anymore. It's a cheese sauce.

yes. but it wont taste the same as when you use parmesan.

Sure, go for it. same meal just slightly stronger flavor cheese. bet its still yummy!

yea, just grate it up it does make it taste really good. (my mother makes it that way)

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