13 March 2012

Spaghetti Alla Carbonara | My Go-To Quick Family Dinner

This is one of my favorite recipes of all time –not only because it’s a hit with the family (especially Josh and Chris), but also because it’s one that is very simple and super easy to whip up.


From Ciao Italia - Five-Ingredient Favorites:  Quick and Easy Recipes from an Italian Kitchen by Mary Ann Esposito ~

Servings:  4
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
4-oz chunk pancetta, diced
1/2 pound spaghetti
3 large eggs, at room temperature & lightly beaten
3/4 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
Fine sea salt
Coarsely ground black pepper
1.  Heat olive oil in small sauté pan.  Stir in pancetta and cook until crispy.  Set aside, still in pan, and keep it warm.
2.  Cook spaghetti in 4 quarts of rapidly boiling salted water until al dente.
3.  Drain spaghetti, reserving 2 tablespoons of the water.
4.  Immediately return the spaghetti to the pot, and keeping the heat very low, rapidly stir in the eggs, reserved water, and half the cheese.  Toss to combine.
5.  Add the reserved pancetta and any pan drippings.
6.  Transfer pasta to platter and sprinkle with remaining cheese.  Serve immediately.

This recipe has totally spoiled me for all other spaghetti carbonara recipes, especially the creamier versions. 


Maddy said...

YUM!! pasta is my go-to dinner meal too :)

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