Bacon Spaghetti Carbonara

simple and quick pasta

 

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Ryan GoodwinPublished on 27 days ago

What I really love about carbonara is the challenge of making it. It's so simple, but there are a bunch of ways to make it, and none of them are really fool proof. If you're not careful with the eggs, they'll scramble before they mix into a nice sauce. This is a variation using bacon instead of pancetta or "guanciale".

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What you will need

4 oz (120 gr) Bacon

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1/4 cup (60 ml) water

2 Eggs

2 oz (60 gr) Parmesan

Salt and Pepper to taste

How to cook

1

Dice bacon

You can use bacon, guanciale or pancetta. They all work pretty well for this. I tend to favor pancetta just because the spices are usually more pronounced. But it's often more expensive and harder to find than bacon.

2

Render bacon

Heat some olive oil in a pan over medium-low heat. Drop in the bacon and stir it around. Cook just until crispy and remove from heat.

3

Grate parmesan

Grate the parmesan as fine as possible. The finer the cheese is grated, the easier it is to melt the cheese. I used a microplane.

4

Combine water eggs and cheese

In a mixing bowl, combine the eggs with a splash of water and the grated cheese.

5

Add salt and pepper

Season with a pinch of salt and a few turns of pepper. Mix well.

6

Cook spaghetti

Boil spaghetti in salted water. You want the pasta to be slightly undercooked, just on the verge of al dente. The package will have a recommended time range. Shoot for the lower end of the range. Remove the spaghetti using tongs.

7

Add cooked spaghetti to pancetta

Stir the spaghetti into the pancetta.

8

Stir in 1/2 a cup of pasta water

Cut the heat and pour in 1/2 cup of pasta water.

9

Hard part: gently cook the egg

Stir a little pasta water into the egg mixture. Then, as you stir the spaghetti, pour the egg mixture into the spaghetti. Keep stirring for about a minute. The goal is to very gently cook the egg and melt the cheese.

10

Serve and Enjoy!

Drop some spaghetti out on a plate and pass it on to your guests.

Drop some spaghetti out on a plate and pass it on to your guests.

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