Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Spaghetti Carbonara

When your work life throws you an enormous pile of stuff to do and your weekend was spent reading Fifty Shades of Grey and not crafting, then it's time to post a recipe on the blog since that's all the content you've got right now.  

As I mentioned back in this post, I plan a weekly menu for J and I.  It keeps me on task when it comes to the grocery list and from looking at each other each night asking what's for dinner?  I use Pinterest to find new recipes and while this one is far from new, it was new to us to make at home.  And I'm craving it right now:

Spaghetti Carbonara
adapted from FoodNetwork.com

 Kosher Salt
6 slices of thick cut bacon, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 cloves of garlic, crushed
 1/2 teaspoon of minced rosemary
 2 red jalapeno peppers, seeded and minced
1/4 cup cognac or brandy (optional and we didn't use it)
12 ounces spaghetti
 3 large eggs
3/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
1/2 cup freshly grated pecorino romano cheese
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
Freshly ground pepper

1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
2.  Combine bacon, olive oil, garlic, rosemary, jalapenos and 1/4 cup of water in large skillet.
3.  Cook over med-high heat, stirring occasionally until water evaporates and bacon crisps.
4.  Discard the garlic.
5.  Add cognac if desired and cook until it evaporates.
6.  Remove from heat and set aside 1/4 cup bacon mixture for garnish
7.  Cook spaghetti according to label
8.  Mix the eggs, cheeses, parsley, and 1 teaspoon of pepper in a bowl.
9.  Drain the pasta, reserving 1/4 cup of cooking water
10.  Return skillet to med-high heat, add pasta and toss until heated through.
11.  Whisk the reserved pasta water into the egg mixture and quickly pour over the pasta.  Toss to gently cook the eggs and make a creamy sauce.
12. Garnish with the reserved bacon mixture and more parmesan.



Shannon @ Bungalow960 said...

Yeah yeah 50 Shades! Read 50 and eat delicious food. I knew there was a reason we were friends :)

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