Ciao! My name is Yolanda and I'd like to welcome you to my Blog! I have always had a love for cooking, baking and eating. This blog is mainly a place for me to record and share precious family recipes from those living and deceased as well as delicious recipes that my friends have given me throughout the years.


Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Pasta alla Carbonara

Pasta alla Carbonara is an Italian Pasta dish with the basic ingredients of grated Pecorino or Parmesean cheese, guanciale (dried pork cheek), bacon or Pancetta, and black pepper. The pork is fried in olive oil and, then hot pasta is dropped into the pan to finish cooking for a few seconds. A mixture of raw eggs, cheese is then combined with the hot pasta, which must remain a liquid component of the sauce as it cooks. I add a little cream to my Carbonara, but my mom says that in Italy they do not use cream and that adding cream is an American thing.  
* 1 lb of spaghetti
* 4-oz of uncooked Pancetta, diced
* 3 Large Eggs
* 2 TBSP of Olive Oil
* 3 cloves of diced Garlic
* 1/3 cup of Heavy Cream
* 4 TBSP of freshly chopped Parsley
* 1/4 cup of freshly grated Parmesan or Pecorino cheese
* Salt and Pepper to Taste
* In a large Pot, boil spaghetti in lightly salted water until cooked to taste
* While the spaghetti is cooking, Heat Olive Oil in a large frying pan on Medium High Heat
* Add Pancetta and Garlic, cook until the Pancetta is a golden brown color. Drain the fat.
* Lower Heat and Add Heavy Cream and Parsley, blend together together.
* In a small bowl, whisk the eggs, cheese, and salt and pepper together; Set aside.
* Drain Spaghetti and toss in the Pork and Cream mixture
* Turn off the heat and add the Egg Mixture.  Toss in the hot Pasta quickly so that it does not turn into scrambled egg.  You want the sauce to be creamy.
Serve in a bowl with some grated cheese on top and enjoy!


Carmella said...

I just tried your recipe, with a few small changes (ie - I used half & half since I didn't have any heavy cream and it is less fattening) and added lightly steamed cauliflower to make it a little bit healthier. Turned out delicious! Thanks for the recipe, Yolanda!

Yolanda said...

I love the idea of using Cauliflower! My husband is not much of a veggie fan, but maybe I can sneak them in his diet that way haha. Thank you for the suggestion!