Spaghetti carbonara extraordinaire

Spaghetti carbonara extraordinaire


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About this recipe: The best pasta dish on the planet, I reckon, could only be the glorious carbonara. It exemplifies everything great about Italian cuisine – simple, quick and with an emphasis on quality ingredients. It can be deceptively tricky to perfect however; too much heat when adding the eggs can result in scrambling them instead of gently cooking them to get the desired silky smooth sauce.

grubdaily East Lothian, Scotland, UK

Serves: 2 

  • 80g smoked streaky bacon, chopped
  • olive oil
  • salt
  • 250g dried spaghetti, or other pasta shape
  • 1/2 onion, minced
  • 1 to 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 knob butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons single cream
  • 30g grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 pinch freshly cracked black pepper

Prep:10min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Ready in:20min 

  1. Fry the bacon in olive oil in a large frying pan or pot (it will need to be big enough to mix the pasta and the sauce together before serving).
  2. Get a pan of boiling water, add plenty of salt and a glug of olive oil and keep it simmering. When the bacon just starts to turn crispy, add pasta to the boiling water.
  3. When the bacon is nice and crispy, add the onion and garlic to the pan along with a knob of butter. Turn the heat down and leave to cook gently.
  4. Now make your sauce: in a jug, whisk eggs, cream, parmesan cheese and a generous pinch of freshly ground black pepper. When the pasta is al dente, drain it, reserving some of the cooking water. Add the pasta to the pan with the bacon and briefly stir (this helps to cool everything slightly to avoid scrambling the eggs). Now pour in all of the egg-cream mixture and mix everything together thoroughly. The residual heat from the pasta and bacon will gently cook the eggs and melt the cheese, resulting in an amazingly rich creamy sauce. Add some of the pasta cooking water to achieve a more fluid consistency. Keep stirring until the sauce is silky and smooth, then serve and eat immediately.

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I love it and kids love it, very tasty, rich creamy sause. - 13 Feb 2014

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