Mario Batali's Spaghetti alla Carbonara

spaghetti alla carbonaraReally, nobody does Italian better than Mario Batali. And what better dish from him than Spaghetti alla Carbonara? Pasta, eggs, cheese, pancetta -- yes please! A delicious (easy) dish that's sure to impress every time, this is the perfect Sunday night dinner.






Spaghetti alla Carbonara from Mario Batali.

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 8 ounces pancetta (or really good bacon)
  • 1 pound spaghetti
  • 1 1/4 cups freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • 4 large eggs, separated
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Bring 6 quarts of water to boil in a large pot, and add 2 tablespoons of salt.

Meanwhile, combine the olive oil and pancetta in a 12- to 14-inch sauté pan set over medium heat, and cook until the pancetta has rendered its fat and is crispy and golden. Remove from the heat and set aside (do not drain the fat!).

Cook the spaghetti in the boiling water until just al dente. Scoop out 1/4 cup of the pasta cooking water and set aside. Drain the pasta.

Add the reserved pasta water to the pan with the pancetta, then toss in the pasta and heat, shaking the pan, for 1 minute. Remove from the heat, add 1 cup of the Parmigiano, the egg whites, and pepper to taste, and toss until thoroughly mixed.

Divide the pasta among four serving bowls. Make a little nest in the center of each one, and gently drop an egg yolk into each nest. Season the egg yolks with more pepper and sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup Parmigiano over the top. Devour immediately.


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