A Carbonara recipe for everyone

I remember when I used to work in the restaurant industry, there used to always be a carbonara dish under the pasta section. I knew it had bacon (or a pork of some sort) and it always looked deliciously creamy–which is why I think I avoided it for so long. To my surprise, there is no cream involved at all. Check out this excellent Pasta Carbonara recipe I found on Epicurious this week.

 First, you must purchase 1/4 pound of Pancetta. I don’t think I had ever purchased this salty delight before, you can find it at the deli meat section of your grocery store–ask for a chunk at 120 grams.SAMSUNG CSC Processed with VSCOcam with a9 presetThen chop it. I did thick chunks… just because.SAMSUNG CSC Processed with VSCOcam with a9 presetThrow in hot skillet and cook till golden brown & boil water for pasta.SAMSUNG CSC Processed with VSCOcam with a9 presetThen add garlic & seasoned salt. SAMSUNG CSC Processed with VSCOcam with a9 presetAlso low-sodium chicken broth. I hate a black stovetop–you see all the splatter! Oh well what can a girl do?SAMSUNG CSC Processed with VSCOcam with a9 presetWhile that simmers, crack 2 eggs in a bowl and beat thoroughly. Save some hot pasta water and ‘temper’ the eggs by slowly adding the liquid to the eggs (this will help them not to scramble when they hit the pan–yes, this is your sauce!).SAMSUNG CSC Processed with VSCOcam with a9 presetNow that the pancetta mixture has been simmering, dump in the cooked pasta and mix together. Now this is the hard part–slowly mix in tempered egg mixture while tossing quickly with tongs to avoid scrambling. It’s MUCH harder than it looks or sounds lol.SAMSUNG CSC Processed with VSCOcam with a9 presetAdd fresh grated parmesan and stir in until it’s all melty and delicious.SAMSUNG CSC Processed with VSCOcam with a9 presetThen you garnish with some parsley–and of course more parm–and voila! SAMSUNG CSC Processed with VSCOcam with a9 presetI totally ended up with some scrambled bits but I just left those in the pan. This tasted the BOMB. Highly recommend.SAMSUNG CSC Processed with VSCOcam with a9 presetTo find the Pasta Carbonara recipe from Epicurious.com click here.

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