This delicious pasta carbonara dish is easy and great for when you want to whip up dinner fast! We like more sauce so I modified the recipe to 4 egg yolks instead of 2 and doubled the whipping cream from 2 tablespoons to 4 and it turned out perfectly. I highly recommend rubbing a couple of teaspoons of brown sugar onto your bacon and letting it sit for just a few hours before cooking it. The bacon will become caramelized and get a burnt marshmallow flavor. If you can get a hold of some farm-fresh eggs the sauce will be more yellow and vibrant.
Note: From what I have read the raw egg yolk cooks some when you add the hot pasta that has just been boiled but if you are concerned about getting sick from the eggs, I would skip this meal and try something else.
Serves 2 people
8 ounces spaghetti
4 strips of bacon
2 teaspoons brown sugar (optional: I highly recommend rubbing brown sugar onto both sides of your bacon and letting it sit just a few hours before cooking it)
¼ teaspoon hot chili flakes
4 egg yolks
4 tablespoons whipping cream
1 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
Pepper to taste
1 tablespoon bacon fat reserved from skillet
- Cook the bacon in a skillet (I use a Lodge cast iron pan) over medium heat until charred on the edges turning it as needed.
- Coarsely chop bacon into small pieces and set it aside. Reserve 1 tablespoon bacon fat from the skillet and allow it to cool.
- In a medium-sized bowl, whisk the egg yolks, whipping cream, ½ cup of the parmesan cheese, cooled bacon drippings, and chili flakes together. Add ground pepper to taste.
- Cook your pasta until it is al dente.
- Drain and add it immediately to the egg yolk mixture stirring it so the noodles are coated well with the sauce.
- Serve the pasta into bowls and top with the bacon and the rest of the parmesan cheese.
- Add salt to taste (optional).
Note: I prefer red wine but according to Wine Folly “a lean white wine is the perfect choice and what better than Lazio’s top white: the Malvasia-Trebbiano Blend” (https://winefolly.com/tutorial/roman-food-and-wine-pairings/).
This recipe was adapted from http://www.clairetansey.com/recipe-pasta-carbonara/