Carbonara

This pasta is fantastically simple and incredibly good. I highly suggest it to everyone out there who isn’t confident in the kitchen but wants to make someone special something good for valentine’s day. Despite it’s simplicity, carbonara isn’t really well known (which will help to make the meal seam even more impressive). It is really quick to make and you can even cook the bacon ahead of time. All you really have to do is whisk up some eggs with some cream and cook spagetti. What more can I say? Make it and enjoy it!Serves 2

  • 200g spagetti
  • 100g bacon
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup 20% cream
  • cooking liquid (if necessary)
  • pepper
  1. Put a frying pan over medium heat.
  2. Boil a large pot of salted water for the pasta.
  3. As the pan is heating, dice the bacon.
  4. Fry the bacon until it is nice an crispy.
  5. While the bacon is cooking, whisk the eggs, grated parmesan, and cream together in a medium bowl.
  6. Once the bacon is cooked, leave it to cool as the pasta cooks.
  7. When the water has reached a rolling boil, add the pasta and cook until al dante (about 10 minutes).
  8. Drain the cooked pasta. I usually do this with a cup under the strainer to catch some of the cooking liquid as I never remember to reserve some before  draining.
  9. Add the cooked pasta and the bacon to the bowl.
  10. Toss the pasta in the egg based sauce until it thickens. I find that my pasta is never quite hot enough to cook the eggs so I double boil the pasta. Once I drain the pasta I put the pot back onto the heat with about a cup of water. Then I put the bowl with the pasta in it over the steam and continue to toss the pasta until the sauce is no longer liquid and it sticks to the spagetti.
  11. Season to taste. I find it’s best with lots of pepper and no salt, the parmesan is salty enough.
  12. Serve with a robust red wine and enjoy :)
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