Pasta Carbonara
INGREDIENTS
  • Cooking Time: 15 minutes
  • Servings: 4 servings
  • Preparation Time: 15 minutes
  • 12 ounces Linguine noodles
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan or Romano cheese, plus more for sprinkling
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 6 ounces (7 slices) bacon, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
DIRECTIONS
  1. Cook pasta according to package directions; reserve 3/4 cup of the cooking water and drain the pasta.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, Parmesan/Romano cheese and 1/4 teaspoons of the salt and pepper; gradually whisk in 1/4 cup of the warm reserved cooking water.
  3. Cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until crisp, about 6 to 8 minutes; add the pasta to the skillet and toss to coat.
  4. Transfer the pasta and bacon to the bowl with the egg mixture and toss until the noodles are coated (if the mixture seems dry, stir in additional reserved pasta water 2 tablespoons at a time).
  5. Serve immediately and sprinkle with additional Parmesan/Romano cheese and pepper, if desired.
RECIPE BACKSTORY
This is an Italian pasta recipe I found in the October 2011 issue of 'Woman's Day' magazine. Note: As in many carbonara recipes, the heat of the pasta in this one cooks the eggs, but not fully. It may be best for children, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems to avoid eating this dish.