Spaghetti alla Carbonara

If you love bacon you are going to love this dish. Super easy.

1 pound dry spaghetti
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

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.

Recipe courtesy of Tyler Florence



Amy said...

I love spaghetti and some of my family members love bacon (not me) - they would be very excited if I made this. And I am thinking that I should because it is always fun to have something different! Thank you for sharing.

Rachelle said...

Linda, I haven't made carbonara in years. This is a great recipe for a quick summer meal. Thanks for sharing it!

Teresa B said...

Carbonara is actually one of my favorite pasta dishes, but I rarely make it at home. Thank you for sharing at The Really Crafty Link Party. Pinned.

Carole said...

Hi Linda! I'm Carole from Carole's Chatter. I think you do really super things with food. I wondered if you would like to join the group of bloggers who share their posts on a monthly basis via Food on Friday. I host this link up on the second Friday of each month. Every month there are a few different themes. This month they are Desserts, Rice/Pasta and Avocado. If you would like to check it out just hop on over to Carole's Chatter. We would all love to see you there. Cheers

Cherryl Ehlenburg said...

My family loves spaghetti, so we will definitely be trying this!

Miz Helen said...

This looks like a delicious plate of spaghetti! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday and hope you are having a great week.
Miz Helen

Linda Kilsdonk said...

Oh my goodness! This sounds absolutely fabulous! And no calories, right? Smiles, Linda at Paper Seedlings

Joanne said...

I just made carbonara (adding in shrimp and peas) just last month and it was such a huge hit with the family! This looks delicious.