August 17, 2012

Weekend Recipe: Pasta Alla Carbonara



This Roman pasta dish is traditionally made with guanciale—pork cheek that resembles unsmoked bacon and is cured with salt, pepper and sometimes garlic. Pancetta makes a fine substitute, bacon or ham.

Ingredients:
3 eggs, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups finely grated pecorino romano cheese, plus more for serving
2 Tbs. olive oil
6 oz. diced guanciale or pancetta
Kosher salt, to taste
1 lb. dried spaghetti
Freshly ground pepper, to taste
Directions:
In a bowl, whisk together the eggs and the 1 1/2 cups cheese. Set aside.

In a 13-inch French skillet over medium heat, warm the olive oil. Add the guanciale and cook until it is browned and the fat has rendered, 8 to 10 minutes. Set aside.

Meanwhile, bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook, stirring occasionally, until al dente, according to the package instructions. Drain, reserving about 1 cup of the cooking water.

Slowly whisk 1/2 cup of the reserved cooking water into the egg-cheese mixture.

Return the skillet with the guanciale to medium heat and rewarm. Add the pasta and 1/4 cup of the reserved cooking water and toss to combine. Remove the pan from the heat, pour in the egg-cheese mixture and toss well to combine. Season generously with pepper. Serve immediately and pass additional cheese alongside. Serves 4.


Recipe courtesy of the Williams-Sonoma Kitchen.


Love to All  my Lovelies. Happy Weekend.



6 comments:

  1. That looks soo good!! Thanks for stopping by my blog and have a wonderful weekend!
    xo
    Sharon

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  2. Love the photos. Actually, the dishes & the salt+pepper shaker are my favorite part! And the block of cheese :-)

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  3. mmhm that looks soo good..i've wanted pasta all weekend!!

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  4. Oh my gosh...I'm sitting here with my glass of red wine and drooling over that dish!!! Pass me some please! Pretty please :-)

    I've been a bad blog friend. Life has been busy, but good. I did finally post something a night or two ago and I've promised myself I will get back to blogging. It's important to me.

    Big hugs,
    Kat

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  5. yum! I need to try this ASAP :p

    Cymone
    xo

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