Spaghetti Carbonara

Spaghetti Carbonara

About 3/4 pound of either spaghetti, linguine, fettucini, or other “-ini food”.

5-6 slices of bacon

1/2 a head of cauliflower, divided into flowerettes (optional)

2-3 eggs

Olive oil

Parmesan cheese, grated

Salt and pepper

Put a large pot with salted water to boil.  While waiting for the water, cook up the bacon as if you were serving it for breakfast.  Place on a paper towel, retaining the fat in the pan.  Cut the bacon into bite size pieces.  Sauté the cauliflower (optional) in the fat with some salt and pepper.  Cook the pasta according to the directions on the package.  Drain and add the pasta to the pan with the bacon fat (and cauliflower, if you’re including it) and toss in the bacon pieces.  Toss in some Parmesan (1/4 cup or so) and salt and pepper.  Transfer the pasta into the serving dish.  Then, just before you take the pasta to the table, add the whole raw eggs, one at a time, stirring vigourously after each one.  Keep adding eggs until the desired level of ‘creaminess’ is achieved.  Serve immediately with additional Parmesan, if desired.

Wine Suggestion:  Chianti is a clear choice here, but really any wine you want will work.  This is a classic peasant dish, and they were not known for extensive cellars.


12 Responses to Spaghetti Carbonara

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  2. Clau says:

    Thanks for this recipe. My dad loves slabs of bacon and not bits of it. 😀


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  4. Aline Conus says:

    Nice recipy (not too sure about the cauliflower tough!).
    Purists would swap Bacon by Pancetta but bits of Bacon never fail to do the job!


  5. Interesting recipe! I’m also curious about the difference which the cauliflower will do 🙂


  6. ro says:

    Hello, I would like to suggest you to consider to change the name of this recipe. “Pasta abonara con cavolfiore”.
    Maybe the taste is interesting, but is not a Carbonara and it sounds like you call champagne an anonymous sparkling wine.


  7. Anggrainy says:

    i made this for my mom lolol. she said it was great! i love it very much too! thanks!


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