Yesterday was Friday, and guess what I had when I came home from work? Yep, A comfort pasta dish. In fact, the comfort pasta dish that while not enjoyed often, when chosen to be enjoyed is deeply savored – Spaghettia alla Carbonara.
I have been eating and then cooking this dish for decades. My mother began cooking this dish when we were young children, and it was a special occasion to cozy in and be home with our family.
Such a simple dish – eggs, cheese, bacon (pancetta) and pasta (plus a few extra ingredients – aromatics and a spice) to add lovely layers of flavor.
While admittedly, not a French comfort recipe, it is a comfort recipe, and I would be remiss if I did not include in this season’s line-up of recipes as it has brough immense comfort, albeit fleeting, throughout the past twenty years, and usually always on a Friday.
Last season I shared this pasta dish as my go-to Friday pasta meal, and it is still true (it was viewers’ favorite recipe last year as well, for good reason). Far fewer calories, and still full of flavor, it was what I transitioned to when I acknowledged, Spaghetti alla Carbonara was – well – hearty and deeply rich and lovely. But having such a deeply rich and lovely dish from time to time is exactly why we must include it this season. We all need a bit more love, and when we choose to do so thoughtfully, to not feel guilty about it. Tomorrow and Sunday – long walks, a yoga session and eating well as well as time puttering about in the garden.
Now to the episode! Just below discover how simple and in fewer than 15 minutes, you too can be enjoying Spaghetti alla Carbonara.
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- Find the recipe for today’s episode at the end of this post.
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From episode #2 of this season – Yvonne G. made her own Gougères and paired it with Kir Royale. I am loving this combination!
Spaghetti alla Carbonara
- 8 ounces spaghetti (traditional or whole wheat)
- 2 Tbsp extra olive oil
- 3 ounces thickly diced pancetta (choose fatty pieces, lean doesn't help the flavor – enjoy this dish!)
- 3 large eggs
- 3/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano
- 1 Tbsp freshly ground black pepper
- fleur de sel for the pasta water and to season the sauce
- Bring a large pot of well-salted water to a boil over medium/high heat.
- Add about 2 tablespoons olive oil to a large skillet over medium heat. Add the pancetta to the cold pan and slowly render all the goodness the pancetta offers over a medium heat and cook until it starts to color and become crisp. Just before you turn off the heat, if there is excess oil, drain all but two tablespoons. Continue cooking for medium heat and add a chopped up garlic clove for one minute. Turn off the heat and reserve.
- While the pancetta is rendering. Drop the pasta into the salted boiling water and cook it 1 minute less than it says on the package, usually about 6 to 7 minutes. Bite the pasta to check the consistency.
- While the pasta is cooking, crack the eggs into a large mixing bowl. Add the grated Parmigana Reggiano and season with a dash of salt. Whisk vigorously until it becomes a homogenous. Season generously with black pepper.
- When the pasta is just about done, return the pan with the pancetta to medium heat. Remove the pasta from the cooking water. Toss or stir the pasta into the pancetta to coat the pasta with the remaining fat in the skillet. Immediately and vigorously stir the egg mixture into the pasta. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes, stirring constantly until the egg mixture looks like a cream sauce.
- Serve immediately and sprinkle with left-over grated Parmigiana Reggiano.