My favorite pasta of all time has to be “Carbonara”. It’s the pasta that sits very near and dear to my heart. Simple and decadent at the same time. A girlfriend of mine tell’s the story that when she served it to her boyfriend for dinner – 8 months later they where married!
Yes it’s that good…….
Iv’e had several variations of it over the years but below is the recipe that I feel captures Carbonara in the most authentic way in which it is served in Italy.
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 4 ounces pancetta chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, sliced into medium pieces
- Kosher salt
- 1 pound dried spaghetti
- 3 large organic eggs yolks
- 1 large organic whole egg
- ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan, plus more to garnish
- ½ cup freshly grated pecorino
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Extra-virgin olive oil, for finishing
- Add the olive oil to a large skillet and heat over medium-high heat. Once hot, cook the guanciale until browned and crisp. Add the garlic and saute with the guanciale for a few minutes. Remove the guanciale, garlic and rendered fat from the skillet and set aside for later use.
- Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta until al dente, about 1 minute less than indicated on the package. With a ladle, scoop some of the hot water from the boiling pasta, and set aside in a small bowl. Drain the pasta in a colander and place it into a large serving bowl.
- In a different bowl, beat the egg yolks, whole egg, Parmesan, pecorino and some freshly ground black pepper. Whisk in the cooled guanciale with all of the fatty delicious oil. While the pasta is still warm, quickly add the sauce to the pasta and toss very well, then add a couple of very small scoops of the reserved pasta water to help create the carbonara sauce and its unique creaminess.
- Garnish the carbonara with some grated Parmesan and a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil, and serve.