November 4, 2008
UPDATE - After a recent trip to Rome, I have made a more authentic version of carbonara. I still stand by the trashy americanized version shown on this page, but before you leave an angry comment you should check out the new one!
I also made some cheesy garlic bread that day. Lots of mozzarella, crushed red pepper, olive oil, parsley, and garlic. It's ready for the oven. My favorite pasta for this dish is linguine. Bucatini (shown here) is a decent substitute and fun to use occasionally. I slice the bacon in half the long way, and then cut small pieces the short way. This is one pound of bacon minus 6 pieces for breakfast tomorrow. Get thick sliced bacon. When the pasta has 1 minute left, add garlic to the bacon. Work quickly now. Add the pasta right into the bacon/bacon fat. Cup of cream and 4 eggs. The eggs have been sitting out for at least 4 hours so they are room temperature before cracking them and mixing with the cream. This is pretty important. Stir the pasta into the bacon for about 30 seconds. This bowl has been warmed until you are just barely able to hold it. Dump the pasta in and quickly add the egg and cream mixture. Stir to combine. The heat from the pasta will cook the eggs. Add the parsley. And cheese. And keep stirring. Yum. Top with more parsley and cheese and cracked black pepper.Recipe
CarbonaraFor: 4 Servings
- 3/4 Pound Bacon
- 4 Eggs
- 1 Cup Cream
- 1/2 Cup Minced Parsley
- 1 Cup Grated Parm
- 1/4 Of an onion
- 1 Clove Garlic
- 1 Pound Bucatini
- Bring water to boil in pasta pot with salt. Dice bacon and cook on med-high. Meanwhile, mix 4 ROOM TEMP eggs with a cup of cream. Dice parsley, grate parm, dice clove of garlic and ¼ of onion.
- When bacon starts browning and looks like it could be almost done, add pasta to water and cook for 2 minutes less than box instructions. Add onion to the bacon with 5 minutes remaining on pasta. Add garlic to the bacon with one minute remaining on pasta.
- Add pasta to the bacon. Stir to coat. Add pasta and egg mixture to warm bowl. Stir to coat. Add parsley and cheese and keep stirring. Allow 5 minutes before serving.