Prep 15 mins
Cook 15 mins
This recipe is based on a Carbonara that I had in southwest France. Its my favorite pasta and makes for a hearty meal. this recipe serves 2 really hungry people alone or 4 people with sides total cooking time (15-20 min active cooking)
- 1⁄2 lb spaghetti (I prefer thin spaghetti or capalinni)
- 3⁄4 lb lean thick sliced bacon, cut across in 1/2 inch strips
- 1 medium yellow onions or 1 medium white onion, chopped 1/2 to 1 inch
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 dash dried basil (optional)
- 2 large eggs
- 3⁄4 cup half-and-half (or cut with 50% milk)
- 3⁄4 cup grated parmigiano-reggiano cheese
- fresh ground black pepper
- Put 3 quarts of water for spaghetti on stove Chop bacon and onion while waiting for water to boil.
- Cook the bacon pieces over med- med low heat.
- Add spaghetti to water when it boils.
- While bacon is cooking chop onion and mince garlic.
- place garlic and basil in bowl that will hold cooked bacon (I use the serving bowl) grate cheese and begin prep of egg mix.
- Cook bacon until a good bit of the fat is rendered out, and bacon is just beginning to brown (bacon will continue to cook after you remove it from the pan).
- Set bacon aside.
- Drain most of the bacon fat from pan retaining about 1 tbl.
- Add chopped onion and butter to pan- saute.
- While onion is cooking beat the half/half, eggs and 2/3 of the grated cheese (save about 1/4 cup to top finished dish).
- Check the spaghetti and when it is al dente drain.
- When onion is translucent and beginning to brown turn off or reduce heat.
- Add bacon garlic mix back to the pan and mix together for about 1/2 min until you can smell the bacon and garlic.
- Toss the cooked spaghetti into the pan with the onion, bacon, and garlic mixture, add the egg mixture and cook over very low heat while stirring constantly, you want the eggs to thicken, not scramble.
- Add a few twists of pepper if desired.
- Top with grated parmigiano.
I'm left off stars b/c I left out the garlic and onion. I made this for myself when DH was out b/c he doesn't eat white sauce and I love it. However, this just wasn't what I was looking for. I remember making a delish carbonara about 10 years ago and have looked and looked..this wasn't it. I remember a richer (is that possible!?) taste....maybe using heavy cream instead of half-and-half. OH, and I pan fried the bacon as directed and just didn't like the texture...Next time I'll bake or nuke it to get it really crispy, then crumble. This bacon ended up a little chewy, despite looking "done". Overall, it was pretty good. Maybe it's what YOU were looking for.
Wow! What a tasty sauce. Almost reminds me of a chowder or a alfredo. This was my first time trying carbonara. I liked it alot. No complaints from me!