Pasta carbonara is one of those simple dinners we should all know how to make. Itâ€™s the perfect go to for a busy weeknight and itâ€™s also a dish fit for the weekend or even to serve to guests.
Dovetailing Tip: Use the bacon and bacon fat that you prepared on day 1.
|8-10||slices bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces|
|8 1/2 cups||water, divided|
|4 cloves||garlic powder, minced|
|1 pound||linguine or spaghetti|
|1 1/4 cup||finely grated parmesan cheese, plus more for serving|
|1||large egg yolk|
|1 teaspoon||each salt and pepper|
|chopped fresh parsley , for garnish|
Add bacon and 1/2 cup of the water to a large non-stick skillet and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Allow to simmer until water evaporates about 6 - 7 minutes, then reduce heat to medium-low and continue to cook until bacon is brown and crisp, about 6 - 8 minutes longer. Place a fine mesh strainer over a bowl then pour bacon into strainer while reserving about 1 tsp of the rendered fat in pan. Return pan to heat and saute garlic about 30 seconds, until fragrant and lightly golden. Pour into a medium mixing bowl then add 1 Tbsp rendered bacon fat (drippings in bowl set under strainer) to mixing bowl with garlic. Add eggs, egg yolk, parmesan and pepper to garlic mixture and whisk until well combined.
Meanwhile, bring 8 cups of water to a boil in a large dutch oven (no more than 8 cups because you want a very starchy water for the sauce). Add spaghetti and salt to boiling water and cook until al dente. While pasta is boiling, set a colander in a large bowl. Drain al dente pasta into colander in bowl, while reserving pasta water in bowl. Measure out 1 cup hot pasta water and discard remaining water. Place pasta in now empty large bowl. Slowly pour and whisk 1/2 cup pasta water into egg mixture, then slowly pour mixture over pasta while tossing to coat. Add bacon and toss to combine. Season with salt if desired. Let pasta rest, tossing frequently, 2 - 4 minutes until sauce has thickened slightly and coats pasta. Thin with remaining 1/2 cup hot pasta water as needed. Serve immediately topped with additional parmesan and parsley.
Recipe source: adapted from