Rachel and I went to Chicago earlier this month. We went to a few different restaurants but her favorites were Italian (mine too!!) One of her favorite meals was at Grand Lux Cafe and it was Pasta Carbonara. I made it for our Sunday dinner this week. Both her and Eric really enjoyed it. Rachel’s only comment was she wanted more cheese. I had plenty of that set aside for her to add to her plate! Here is a history to the origin of Pasta Carbonara. I thought it was interesting!
(Thank NY Times for this recipe!)
2 large eggs and 2 large yolks, room temperature
1 ounce (about 1/3 packed cup) grated pecorino Romano, plus additional for serving (I used 1/2 cup and not enough for Rachel!!)
1 ounce (about 1/3 packed cup) grated Parmesan (again, I used 1/2 cup, not enough for Rachel) -If you like cheese, add more!-
1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper (add the black pepper, that is an important ingredient to this recipe!)
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
4 ounces bacon (or guanciale or pancetta – I used bacon) Slice pieces about 1/4/ inch thick by 1/3 inch square
1 cup pasta water (add that salt people!)
12 ounces Spaghetti (4 quarts water in spaghetti pot and 1 Tablespoon Kosher salt, a bit less if using table salt)
- Place 4 quarts water in pot for spaghetti with 1 Tablespoon kosher salt. Get that started.
- In mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, yolks, Pecorino and Parmesan. Season with a pinch of salt and the black pepper. (Room temperature is important for the eggs.)
- Get the spaghetti pot boiling if you have not done so by now. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat, add the bacon, and saute until the fat just renders, on the edge crispness but not hard. Remove the bacon from the heat and set aside. (I placed the bacon in a paper towel lined bowl. Leave the frying pan with the fat on the stove.)
- Cook pasta al dente. Just before pasta is ready, reheat bacon in skillet. After warming the bacon add 1 cup pasta water to the skillet. Stir for a minute or two. (Yes, add the pasta water that is what makes the sauce!)
- Add pasta to skillet. Stir together.
- Add egg and cheese mix. Stir together.
- Serve immediately. Have cheese in bowl to add for those who want more cheese, like Rachel!! 😉
Buon Appetito!! Ciao!!