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  • Spaghetti Alla Carbonara

    Recipe courtesy of Nigella Lawson

    * first recipe I have made of hers... and well it was a sucess! this is a very intense flavored dish!
    I added finely minced red onion -palm full
    I omitted the nutmeg (unneeded)*


    1 pound spaghetti
    2 cups cubed pancetta rind removed
    2 teaspoons olive oil
    1/4 cup dry white wine or vermouth
    4 eggs
    1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan
    1/4 cup heavy cream
    Freshly ground black pepper
    Freshly ground nutmeg

    Put a large pan of water on to boil for the pasta.
    In another large pan that will fit the pasta later, cook the pancetta cubes in the oil until crispy but not crunchy. Pour over the white wine or vermouth and let it bubble away so that, after a few minutes, you have a small amount of salty winey syrup left. Take the pan off the heat.

    In a bowl, beat together the eggs, Parmesan, cream, and pepper. Cook the pasta according to the packet instructions, but since you want it kept al dente start checking it 2 minutes before end of the recommended cooking time.

    When the pasta is done, remove approximately 1/2 cup of the pasta water before draining. Put the pan with the bacon cubes back on the heat and add the drained pasta, tossing well to coat with the syrupy pancetta. Take the pan off the heat again and add the eggs and cheese mixture, swiftly tossing everything to mix. Thin with pasta water, if needed. Grind over some more pepper and grate over the nutmeg to serve.
    Life is all about a$$; you're either covering it, laughing it off, kicking it, kissing it, busting it, trying to get a piece of it, behaving like one, or you live with one.

  • #2
    I usually throw in 1/2 bag of frozen broccoli when cooking the pasta, it makes a great meal. I skip the cream though and use just 1 or 2 T of plain old milk ans it comes out great.

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    • #3
      Holy cow, that sounds wonderful. I'm always looking for recipes for pasta w/ other than good old tomato sauce... doesn't have tons of cream or butter either!
      "What fresh hell is this?" Dorothy Parker

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      • #4
        Luvs- I used fat free half and half.. couldnt tell at all.. was great!
        Life is all about a$$; you're either covering it, laughing it off, kicking it, kissing it, busting it, trying to get a piece of it, behaving like one, or you live with one.

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        • #5
          I found out I love this dish in Rome, and have made it for DH several times with his 5 star rating......but we don't use the cream.

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          • #6
            Sounds great to me!

            TYVM

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