Spaghetti alla Carbonara

Spaghetti alla Carbonara

This right here is my new favorite pasta recipe!  IT.  WAS.  SO.  DELICIOUS!  Seriously!  It was the finishing dish for our Mario Kart party and it was perfect.  The recipe comes from the Food Network and while I wouldn’t say it was easy to make, it wasn’t hard either, the eggs in the sauce sort of made me nervous but ended up not being a problem and turned out great!

1 pound dry spaghetti

2 tablespoons olive oil

4 ounces pancetta or slab bacon, cubed or sliced into small strips

4 garlic cloves, minced or pressed

2 eggs

1 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

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

2  Cook spaghetti according to package directions.

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

4  Add hot, drained spaghetti to pan and toss for 2 minutes to coat strands in bacon fat.  Beat eggs and cheese together in a bowl.  Remove pan from heat and pour egg/cheese mixture into pasta, whisking quickly until eggs thicken, but do not scramble.  (I had my son in law Jaren help me stir the egg/cheese into the spaghetti, I think it helped to  have both of us stirring and getting it mixed in quickly.)  I served the pasta with fresh basil over the top.

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