Mar 5, 2014

Pasta Carbona: It's what's for dinner

I got a delicious recipe from a friend the other day and I tried it on my family. Look at it, isn't it pretty?! If you know anything about carbonara (which I didn't) you know the sauce calls for a raw egg. This gave me pause, I did not want a raw egg in my food BUT if you do this right and your timing is perfect your egg will be completely cooked and you sauce will be awesome.So make sure you follow the directions below.

My friend told me to get whatever veggies I wanted in my own dishes. I used cremini mushrooms, vine tomatoes, garlic, and fresh parsley and of course, bacon!

Additionally, I was intrigued by the fact that she used Quinoa Pasta which is Gluten-free and a Supergrain. It had a buttery/potatoey taste and yummy. I was so excited that I immediately went to Whole Paycheck oops I mean Whole Foods and bought all the ingredients.

The Carbonara recipe is pretty standard so while she tried to talk me through on the phone I followed Tyler Florence's version from the Food Network as seen here:


1 pound dry spaghetti (I used the quinoa pasta above)
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
4 ounces pancetta or slab bacon, cubed or sliced into small strips
4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 large eggs
1 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, plus more for serving
Freshly ground black pepper
1 handful fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped
Additionally vegetables to taste

Prepare the sauce while the pasta is cooking to ensure that the spaghetti will be hot and ready when the sauce is finished; it is very important that the pasta is hot when adding the egg mixture, so that the heat of the pasta cooks the raw eggs in the sauce.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, add the pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until tender yet firm (as they say in Italian "al dente.") Drain the pasta well, reserving 1/2 cup of the starchy cooking water to use in the sauce if you wish.

Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a deep skillet over medium flame. Add the pancetta and saute for about 3 minutes, until the bacon is crisp and the fat is rendered. Toss the garlic into the fat and saute for less than 1 minute to soften.

Add the hot, drained spaghetti to the pan and toss for 2 minutes to coat the strands in the bacon fat. Beat the eggs and Parmesan together in a mixing bowl, stirring well to prevent lumps. Remove the pan from the heat and pour the egg/cheese mixture into the pasta, whisking quickly until the eggs thicken, but do not scramble (this is done off the heat to ensure this does not happen.) Thin out the sauce with a bit of the reserved pasta water, until it reaches desired consistency. Season the carbonara with several turns of freshly ground black pepper and taste for salt. Mound the spaghetti carbonara into warm serving bowls and garnish with chopped parsley. Pass more cheese around the table.

It was pretty easy to make and I was very proud of myself.


1 comment :

Beauty and the Bump said...

I made this twice within the last few weeks, but with a recipe my sister gave me. It didn't use eggs though. Yours looks good