Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Spaghetti ala Carbonara

I found a new pasta recipe that my kids absolutely love. And let me tell you – they loved it so much, there weren’t any leftovers. Now, that’s a good recipe. Not to mention, it’s incredibly easy to make with ingredients you already have in your pantry. It doesn’t get much simpler – or tastier – than that.

Spaghetti ala Carbonara
Serves 4

2 tablespoons olive oil
¾ cup pancetta, cut into ¼ -inch dice
1 pound spaghetti
8 large eggs
½ cup grated Parmesan
½ cup grated pecorino
Freshly ground black pepper
4 scallions, cut on a severe bias

Bring a large pot of well salted water to a boil over medium heat.

Add about 2 tablespoons olive oil to a large skillet over medium heat. Add the pancetta a medium heat and cook until it starts to color and become crisp. Turn off the heat and reserve.

Drop the pasta into the salted boiling water and cook it 1 minute less than it says on the package, usually about 6 to 7 minutes. Bite the pasta to check the consistency.

While the pasta is cooking, crack the eggs into a large mixing bowl. Add the grated cheeses and season with salt. Whisk vigorously until it becomes a homogenous. Season generously with black pepper.

When the pasta is just about done, return the pan with the pancetta to medium heat. Remove the pasta from the cooking water. Toss or stir the pasta into the pancetta to coat the pasta with the remaining fat in the skillet. Immediately vigorously stir the egg mixture into the pasta. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes, stirring constantly until the egg mixture looks like a cream sauce.

Serve immediately garnished with sliced scallions.

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