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Pasta – Spaghetti alla Carbonara

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#Homemade Spaghetti alla #Carbonara #CucinaDelloZio -

Spaghetti alla Carbonara
by James Belardo

Italian food may have influenced the world’s cuisine but Italians have also been influenced. One origin story of Spagehetti Carbonara is one brilliant example of this. At the end of WW2 during the occupation, Italian chefs in Rome found they had an abundance of guanciale (Italian cured pig jowl, similar to bacon but not smoked) and eggs, by adding Pecorino Romano cheese and parsley to spaghetti they created a delicious and true Italian-American dish! Salute Americano! Pancetta  is often substituted for guanciale because of availability.

#Homemade Spaghetti alla #Carbonara #CucinaDelloZio - ingredients

2-3 eggs
1/4-1/2 lb guanciale or pancetta cut into small cubes
2-4 cloves of garlic (depending on size of cloves)
6 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
Italian flat-leaf parsley
1/4 cup Pecorino Romano cheese
grated Salt and pepper to taste
Peperoncino Fiocchi (hot pepper flakes) – optional

Pasta (suggested)
Spaghetti or Spaghettini

1. Take a medium sized bowl and mix the eggs, pecorino romano, parsley a bit of salt and black pepper, set aside.
#Homemade Spaghetti alla #Carbonara #CucinaDelloZio - mix eggs, Pecorino Romano and s&p

2. Cook the spaghetti al dente; before adding the pasta to boiling salted water you can begin making the sauce.

3. In a large pan, heat 2-3 tbsp olive oil in a sauce pan over medium heat. Add the cubed guanciale or pancetta.
#Homemade Spaghetti alla #Carbonara #CucinaDelloZio - fry #pancetta in olive oil

4. Once the pancetta or guanciale becomes golden brown and crispy add the minced garlic and and cook until the garlic begins to brown (be careful not to burn the garlic, it will turn bitter).
#Homemade Spaghetti alla #Carbonara #CucinaDelloZio - add #garlic

5. Add the cooked pasta to the pancetta or guanciale and garlic and mix well mixing well.
#Homemade Spaghetti alla #Carbonara #CucinaDelloZio - toss in the spaghetti

6. Add a ladle of the pasta water, mix well and then fold in the egg mixture.
#Homemade Spaghetti alla #Carbonara #CucinaDelloZio - fold in the egg/cheese mixture

7. Serve with Pecorino Romano and parsley

Add some peas for a delicious variation.


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July 27, 2015 at 1:52 PM

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  1. […] When the Italians came to America they had begun their conquest of the culinary world. Italian cuisine became the most popular and influencial food stylings, even out doing the French 😉 For a wonderful payback, we’ve influenced the influencers… Salute Italiani! Click here for the Spaghetti alla Carbona recipe […]

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