If you are looking for a fast delicious pasta, this is the one. The first time I ever tried Carbonara Pancetta and Egg Pasta was in Italy, meeting my family in law for the first time. Actually that was the first time I ate most of these amazing Italian dishes. My husband always says that one of the reasons I married him was because I would never have to go without Pasta. He even has an uncle that eats a plate of Spaghetti for breakfast, oh how I can relate to that!
But back to this Carbonara pancetta and egg Pasta dish, I learned the secret to making this pasta extra creamy, was from a friend while sharing an espresso one Sunday morning.
She told me that her secret was adding 3 tablespoons of grated (freshly grated really does make a difference) parmesan cheese into the beaten egg mixture and right she was. So, let’s make some pasta.
Carbonara Pancetta and Egg Pasta
Ingredients (serves 3-4)
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons parmesan cheese grated (plus extra)
3 eggs (large)
1/2 cup cubed pancetta
1/2 cup water
3 cups cooked pasta (long or short whichever you prefer)
hot pepper flakes to taste if desired (pinch or two)
In a large frying pan add oil , pancetta , water and hot pepper flakes if using fry till water evaporates and pancetta is cooked (but not too crispy). While pancetta is cooking , boil water, add pasta to salted boiling water and cook till al dente*. (If the pancetta is done before the pasta is cooked then turn off the heat, you will reheat later). While pasta is cooking, in a small bowl beat the 3 eggs, then fold in the 3 tablespoons of parmesan and mix well. When pasta is cooked turn the heat back on the pancetta (to low), add the drained pasta and egg mixture, toss together till well blended. Turn off the heat and serve immediately topped with parmesan cheese if desired.
*If it is a good pasta (and always use a good pasta) you can follow the cooking time on the box.
When you get used to making this pasta you can have it done in 15-20 minutes. Now is that a good thing or a bad thing? Anyone for midnight pasta?