A Brit, a Yank and a Kitchen

Friday, March 9

Spaghetti alla Carbonara

I am pretty much a purist when it comes to Carbonara. No cream.. simply the power of the raw egg.

I'd actually never made carbonara until Dave's brother recently visited, and proclaimed it is his favorite dish. Of course... I made my mind up then that I would make the best carbonara ever. So I looked to the Silver Spoon... who else would give me the most authentic and wonderful recipe ever?

I've made it several times since now... deciding it is also now one of my favorite dishes (not to mention one of the easiest!) .. and now have a recipe I stick to and now have memorized.. not that there is much to it...

You will need:

half a pound of pancetta, cut unto little cubes
2 T butter
half a cup of grated Parmesan
half a cup of grated Romano (I sometimes use Romano only... cause I like it so much)
3 eggs, beaten
enough spaghetti for 2 servings

Melt your butter and fry up the pancetta in it til its as crispy as you like.
Cook up your pasta in some seriously salted water.
Combine the eggs and the cheese.
Toss the spaghetti into the pan with the pancetta. Toss.
Remove from the heat.
Add the cheese egg mixture and toss again.

*Homer drool*


Blogger ros said...

I'm not a carbonara purist, although I can totally understand why some people are. I always adda dash of cream to mine.

Carbonara is my favourite thing to make when I've arrived back from a night out. It's quick, with ingredients I always have in stock AND its easy enough for me to make when I'm drunk. I know this for a fact because I have woken up with half eaten bowls of carbonara on my bedside table that I don't remember making (or eating) but the leftovers have been very tasty.

4:51 PM  
Blogger wheresmymind said...

I don't know what that picture is...but it got blocked at work!! lol

1:40 PM  
Blogger Lea said...

lol seriously??

Well.. its some very naughty chunks of pancetta on top of some hot steamy spaghetti...

Very kinky stuff I'm telling you!

2:25 PM  
Blogger Susan in Italy said...

That's just how my Gabriel loves his carbonara.

6:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh thank you for that! i remember making a spaghetti with raw eggs and some grated cheese years ago, and haven't done it since...i wasn't aware it was carbonara, can't wait to try it again.

i just found your site after doing a bit of googling for some fancy cheese and grits recipes....stuck around since i saw you were a neighbor :) your recipes are so much fun to read about!


9:02 AM  

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