Spaghetti alla Carbonara

Ah yes, few dishes in Italy or abroad are discussed with such fervor and anguish as this one. (trust me, do a google search of it and then read the comments people leave, some of them are HATEFUL!!) However, the traditional version of this dish is ridiculously simple to make, even for me, and, though a heart attack in a bowl, CRAZY delicious!! I decided to “live-blog” it’s production this time, because I got a chance to watch a true master at work in creating it…the fabulous MD!

Spaghetti alla Carbonara

Spaghetti – measure it out depending on how many people you are feeding (you can use whatever pasta you want of course, but then you have to rename it)
Eggs – one egg per person (remove from fridge and let warm until room temperature)
Grated Parmesan (and Pecorino if you’d like) – 1.5 tbsp per person or more if you like cheese
Pancetta – don’t be a pussy and use bacon…just use pancetta
Olive Oil – enough to cook the pancetta in
Salt and Pepper (if you like it a lot)

me grating cheese

me grating cheese

In a pan (you don’t really need a skillet) cook as much pancetta as you want in olive oil, until the fat dissolves and the pancetta is almost crispy. Turn off the heat and it will finish cooking.

pancetta and oil

pancetta and oil

Boil water with a tbsp of coarse salt in it. Don’t add more salt to the dish, as pecorino and pancetta have a salty taste. Start cooking the pasta.

Beat together the eggs and grated cheese. Set aside.

eggs

eggs

eggs2

eggs2

Once the pasta is done cooking, turn off the burners of the stove (remove the pan completely if it’s an electric burner), strain the pasta, and put it back in the pan. Add the oil and pancetta and stir.

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Then, add the egg and cheese mixture, WHILE STIRRING, and mix together rather vigorously until it’s creamy. Add more cheese if you need to or want to.

add the eggs

add the eggs

Serve immediately, after fluffing some pillows for the upcoming carb coma.

buon appetito!

buon appetito!

Not recommended….especially if you wish to wake up from your carb coma…. is to follow delicious dinner with a plate of yummy pasticcini!
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~ by Daniel on October 24, 2009.

One Response to “Spaghetti alla Carbonara”

  1. ok, as I just emailed my sister, I seemingly can never get my carbonara (which is my favorite and could eat it every day) just right. It’s pretty good, but still….
    I like the Turin 411, interesting…however also love your stories of gay-lavanting all over Turin…hahhaha. No, he really wanted coffee…hahahaha

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