- Prep time: 10 minutes
- Cook time: 20 minutes
This recipe uses raw eggs, which are essentially cooked by tossing with hot pasta. They are not cooked to the point of scrambled though, just enough to thicken the eggs into a sauce. The garlic is optional. It is not traditionally included in spaghetti alla carbonara, but I like the addition of it, so it’s in my version.
- 1 Tbsp olive oil or unsalted butter
- 1/2 pound pancetta or thick cut bacon, diced
- 1-2 garlic cloves, minced, about 1 teaspoon (optional)
- 3-4 whole eggs
- 1 cup grated parmesan or pecorino cheese
- 1 pound spaghetti pasta (or bucatini or fettuccine)
- Salt and black pepper to taste
1 Put a large pot of salted water on to boil (1 Tbsp salt for every 2 quarts of water.)
2 While the water is coming to a boil, heat the olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add the bacon or pancetta and cook slowly until crispy. Add the garlic (if using) and cook another minute, then turn off the heat and put the pancetta and garlic into a large bowl.
3 In a small bowl, beat the eggs and mix in about half of the cheese.
4 Once the water has reached a rolling boil, add the pasta, and cook, uncovered, at a rolling boil. When the pasta is al dente (still a little firm, not mushy), use tongs to move it to the bowl with the bacon and garlic. Move the pasta from the pot to the bowl quickly, as you want the pasta to be hot. It’s the heat of the pasta that will heat the eggs sufficiently to create a creamy sauce. Toss everything to combine, then add the beaten eggs with cheese and toss quickly to combine once more. Add salt to taste.
Serve at once with the rest of the parmesan and freshly ground black pepper.
If you want, sprinkle with a little fresh chopped parsley.
Yield: Serves 4-6.
- 1/2 lb. bacon
- 1 large onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
- 2 c. low-sodium chicken broth
- 1 c. whole milk
- 8 oz. lager
- 3 c. shredded Cheddar
- kosher salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Bread, for serving
- In a large skillet over medium heat, cook bacon until crisp, 6 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to let drain, then crumble.
- Heat skillet with bacon fat over medium heat. Add onion and cook until soft, 6 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, 1minute. Add flour and whisk until golden, 3 minutes.
- Add broth, milk, and beer and let simmer, 15 minutes.
- Add cheese and stir until melted. Season generously with salt and pepper. Stir in most of the crumbled bacon.
- Ladle soup into bowls and top with remaining bacon. Serve with bread.