When I crave pasta, it is usually carbonara I yearn for. There is something truly satisfying about its creamy goodness…it also contains pancetta which I think should be recognized as a integral component of a well balanced diet…(I know, I know….my arteries are cringing at the thought).
I have to admit that I have fussed with my recipe a bit…I am not sure if it is a true carbonara anymore, but I like it a lot.
- 3 – 4 slices of pancetta, I obviously opt for 4
- 1/3 c. green onions, white and light green parts, sliced
- 3 eggs
- 1/2 c. grated parmesan cheese + 1/4 c.
- 1/4 tsp. dried chili flakes (totally optional)
- 1 c. peas, fresh or frozen
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 package of fettuccine or spaghetti, whatever your preference
1) Dice up your pancetta into small pieces and saute them in a small pan on medium heat. Add the green onions after about 3 or 4 minutes. Allow the onions to soften and then remove the pan from the heat.
2) Place your eggs in a bowl of warm water.
3) Put on a large pot of salted water top boil. When the water is really bubbling, toss in your pasta. When the pasta is about 3 or 4 minutes from being al dente, add the peas.
4) Crack your eggs a bowl and give them a whisk. Add the cheese and chili flakes and stir again.
5) When your pasta is ready, drain but reserve 1/2 cup of the pasta water. Add about half of it to the eggs and stir. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
6) Toss this sauce in with your pasta and peas in a large bowl. Add the pancetta. Give it a really good toss. This is the part where personal preference comes in…some like their carbonara on the dry side and some like theirs on the creamier side. If you prefer the latter, add more of the pasta water until you have the level of sauciness you desire.
7) Top your beautiful pasta with the last 1/4 c of Parmesan and serve immediately. This dish is a “must serve hot” one.
All in, this dish takes about as long to make as the pasta does to cook, making it a nice weeknight treat. The kids seem to love the combo of cheese and pancetta so much they don’t complain (much) about the peas.