One of my favorite pastas to make is Pasta Carbonara. It’s simple to make, but tastes so good. What could be better than a nice, creamy pasta topped with crispy bacon? (Most recipes will call for pancetta, but for those on a budget, regular ol’ bacon works just fine.) So check out the recipe below, try it out, and let me know what you think in the comments below!
One of my favorite pastas to make.
- 1/2 lb thick-sliced bacon diced
- 1 lb spaghetti
- 3 eggs
- 1/3 cup basil chopped
- Parmesan cheese grated, to taste
- freshly ground black pepper
Sauté bacon in a skillet until golden brown and crisp. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain well on a paper towel-covered plate.
Bring 6 quarts of water to a boil in a large pot. Add a pinch of salt and then drop in spaghetti. Cook until al dente (follow package directions), stirring occasionally to prevent strands from sticking together. Reserve a cup of pasta water.
Meanwhile, beat the eggs thoroughly in a large serving bowl. Whisk in a little of the hot pasta water to temper eggs.
When the pasta is ready, drain it in a colander (be sure to reserve a cup of pasta water). Then immediately pour drained hot spaghetti into the bowl of eggs and toss quickly to cook eggs. Add pasta water to thin sauce as necessary.
Add cheese, bacon and basil to bowl and toss again. Top with freshly ground black pepper and serve immediately.
Adapted from "The Silver Palate Cookbook" by Julee Rosso & Sheila Lukins.
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Wow that looks delicious, thanks for the recipe.
Wow! This is really cooking made easy indeed. Great job! Thanks a lot.
Can you cook the bacon beforehand? If so how would you best store it? I’m terrible at multitasking, it’ll be burned for sure.. 🙂
Yes you could cook the bacon ahead of time. If you do this an hour or so before making the rest of the recipe, it will be fine. If you cook it way ahead of time, then I would re-crisp it briefly in the microwave or toaster oven.