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December 28, 2012

Spaghetti Carbonara

Pasta must be one of the most versatile starches around.  Looking at the amount of recipes, consisting of some kind of pasta, in recipe books as well as all over the net, we have a lot of pasta lovers all over the world.

Think Mac & Cheese ... every home has their favorite {or three} recipe. We like all sorts of pastas, and try to use them in many different ways, from known recipes to the unknown to the accidentally discovered dishes.

Just think, how many times have you found a packet of Tagliatelle, Spaghetti, Screw Noodles or any of the others, in your pantry - had a look around what else is on hand and voila! you come up with a new dish ?  Yes, sometimes a thrown together dinner works, and other times not even the dogs want it !

Well, I stuck to a known dish this time which is a no fail - best of all, and my favorite to add to a post ... quick, easy and delicious.

Spaghetti Carbonara

{6 generous servings}

1 packet {500g} Spaghetti
250g Bacon
2 t Garlic, crushed
3 TB Butter
3 Extra-Large Eggs, beaten lightly, place in a medium bowl
1/2 cup Pecorino Cheese, grated
1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese, grated
Salt and freshly ground Black Pepper

1.) Cook the Spaghetti as per the instructions on the pack - {when done, retain 1/4 cup of the liquid}
2.) Meanwhile, fry the Bacon in a large pan until crispy - break or cut into pieces - add the Butter and Garlic, cook over low heat for a few minutes.
3.) Add the Cheeses to the beaten Eggs, stir to mix and add Salt and Black Pepper to taste.
4.) Drain the Spaghetti when done {remember to keep 1/4 cup of the hot liquid aside} and add to the Bacon in the pan.
5.) Spoon a little of the hot retained pasta liquid into the Egg mixture, mix and repeat until you have a thick glossy sauce - add the Egg mixture to the hot Pasta/Bacon and mix well to combine {the heat of the Pasta will "cook" the Egg mixture}

Season with more Salt & Pepper if needed and serve immediately.

Hope you enjoy this classic spaghetti dish !

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  1. I love easy dishes like this :) The best thing, I usually have all of the ingredients on hand!

  2. Looks yummy!


  3. One of my all time favorite Italian dishes. I'm surprised I haven't made it on my blog. It is a little different than spaghetti and meatballs, yet kids still like it.

  4. We love Spaghetti Carbonara and you recipe looks delicious. Hope you are having a great weekend and thanks for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen


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