Except it’s not spaghetti, it’s strozzapreti because I had an opened, partly used package and wanted to use it up. But who knows what strozzapreti is? No one would find this recipe and it is so good… it would be a shame to miss out. It’s easy and quick, so it’s a great meal to make when you get home from work. Breakfast with pasta for dinner. And there’s pancetta, which is almost bacon. What’s better than that?
This will make enough for two people.
What you need:
My carbonara includes onions.
Eggs, a bit of cream and a lot of pepper.
A mound of grated Parmesan.
Strozzapreti alla carbonara.
What to do:
1/2 lb. pasta (spaghetti, fettuccine or strozzapreti)
4 oz. (8 slices) pancetta, diced
1 medium onion, diced
1/4 cup heavy cream
2 oz. Parmesan cheese
Put a large pot of salted water on the stove to boil. Do not add anything to the water except salt and then pasta (Greasing the pasta by adding oil means that the sauce has less chance to stick to the pasta. The pasta will not stick if you stir it while it cooks). Cook the pasta until al dente.
While that’s happening, cook the chopped onion and pancetta in a fry pan with a little olive oil over medium heat until the onions are translucent and the pancetta has crisped up a bit. The pancetta will render out some tasty fat, so only use enough olive oil to get the party started. Make sure you start this before you start to cook the pasta.
In a bowl, mix the 2 eggs, cream, most of the Parmesan (leave some for sprinkling on top of the pasta when serving) and lots of ground pepper so it’s ready when the pasta has cooked.
When the pasta is cooked, drain it, reserving half a cup of the pasta water. Add the pasta to the fry pan with the pancetta and onions and toss to coat the pasta. Remove the fry pan from the heat and add the egg/cream/Parmesan mixture mixing it all together. The heat of the pasta will cook the eggs and create a sauce. If that is too sticky, add some of the reserved pasta water to smooth the dish out.
Serve the strozzapreti carbonara in bowls with freshly ground black pepper and some Parmesan.