This week it as my turn to pick a recipe for my cooking group. I have always wanted to make spaghetti carbonara. I have enjoyed it in restaurants, but have always been afraid of making it at home for some reason. I chose a recipe from the "bible of Italian cooking". The cookbook is The Silver Spoon. It is such a great reference for cooking Italian dishes. The carbonara turned out great. It was a quick and easy weeknight meal. I served it with grilled chicken.
from The Silver Spoon
2 tbsp butter
1/2 cup pancetta, diced
1 clove garlic
12 oz spaghetti
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
1/2 cup romano cheese, freshly grated
salt and pepper
1/4 cup pasta cooking water
Melt the butter in a pan, add the pancetta and garlic and cook until the garlic turns brown.
Remove and discard the garlic.
Meanwhile, cook the spaghetti in a large pan of salted boiling water until al dente, then drain and add to the pancetta.
Remove the pan from the heat, pour in the eggs, add half the cheese and salt and pepper.
Mix well so that the egg coats the pasta.
Add the remaining cheese and 1/4 cup pasta cooking water, and mix again and serve.