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Spaghetti alla Carbonara

5 from 2 votes
Course: Main, Snack
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: how to cook spaghetti alla carbonara, spaghetti alla carbonara, spaghetti alla carbonara recipe
Servings: 4 people
Author: Olive
Also known as coal miner’s spaghetti (according to wikipedia),  pasta alla carbonara is a really simple and easy dish to prepare (why I’m done cooking in under 20 minutes).
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  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  • Add the pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until tender yet firm (as they say in Italian “al dente”).
  • Drain the pasta well, reserving ½ cup of the starchy cooking water to use in the sauce if you wish.
  • Meanwhile, heat a little olive oil in a deep skillet over medium flame.
  • Add the bacon and cook until crisp and the fat is rendered.
  • Transfer bacon in a small platter and set aside, discard bacon fat and replace with 3 tablespoons of olive oil.
  • Add the garlic into the hot EVOO and saute for less than 1 minute to soften.
  • I like to cook it until it browns a little.
  • Add hot spaghetti to the pan and toss for 2 minutes to coat the strands in the olive oil.
  • Beat the eggs and parmesan together in a mixing bowl, stirring well to prevent lumps.
  • Remove the pan from the heat and pour the egg/cheese mixture into the pasta, whisking quickly until the eggs thicken, but do not scramble. (this is done off the heat to ensure this does not happen)
  • Thin out the sauce with a bit of the reserved pasta water, until it reaches desired consistency.
  • Season the carbonara with several turns of freshly ground black pepper and taste for salt.
  • Mound the spaghetti carbonara into warm serving bowls and garnish with chopped parsley.
  • Pass more cheese around the table.
  • Enjoy!
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