Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Spaghetti a la Carbonara

Spaghetti a la Carbonara
(serves 2)

1/2 pound spaghetti

1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

3 oz pancetta,cubed or sliced into small strips

2 cloves of garlic, minced

2 large eggs

1/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano
1/4 cup freshly grated Pecorino Romano
3-4 Tbsp freshly grated Parmigiano for toppings

ground black pepper

1/2 handful fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped (optional)


1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, add the pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until when it becomes "al dente".  Drain the pasta well, reserving 1/4 cup of the starchy cooking water to use in the sauce if you wish.

2. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a deep skillet over medium flame. Add the pancetta and saute for about 3 minutes, until the bacon is crisp and the fat is rendered. Toss the garlic into the fat and saute for less than 1 minute to soften.

3. Add the hot, drained spaghetti to the pan and toss for 2 minutes to coat the strands in the bacon fat. Beat the eggs and Parmesan together in a mixing bowl, stirring well to prevent lumps. 

3. Remove the pan from the heat and pour the egg/cheese mixture into the pasta, whisking quickly until the eggs thicken, but do not scramble (this is done off the heat to ensure this does not happen.) Thin out the sauce with a bit of the reserved pasta water, until it reaches desired consistency.
4. Season the carbonara with several turns of freshly ground black pepper and salt to taste. Mound the spaghetti carbonara into warm serving bowls and garnish with chopped parsley and cheese if desired.



Nicole A. said...

I've never had pancetta better. I might have to try it and then try this recipe.

Cyndie said...

That looks so good!!

becca said...

yummy i'll be over for dinner

Melinda Dunne said...

That looks so good! I have never tried to make carbonara myself before. Thanks for posting this recipe!

MikiHope said...

My poor gallbladder is threatening my taste buds daring me to try this delicious sounding recipe--unfortunately all the grease, oil would do my gallbladder-thus me--in!

Anonymous said...

I just blew my diet for McDonalds because I did not have anything quick to prepare. Wish I had seen this first. I will make it Sunday when we have guests. Looks delicious.

Chubskulit Rose said...

Looks yummy! We use the same kind/brand of olive oil!

Kelli Avery said...

My sister makes something similar to this with chicken, it's okay, but I think i would like this version better.

amiableamy said...

I like pasta especially fettuccini. Lately, I have been eating a lot of spaghetti. I love the recipe of my husband and been requesting him many times this week :-)

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