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Spaghetti Carbonara

Recipe of the week: Spaghetti Carbonara (Serves 4 large portions!)

A great mid-week treat, serve with garlic bread

Ingredients:

  • 1 (500g) packet spaghetti
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 8 rashers streaky bacon, chopped (about 200g)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped or pressed
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 50g grated Parmesan cheese
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • handful chopped fresh parsley
  • grated Parmesan cheese to serve

Method:

1. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook spaghetti until just al dente. Drain well. Toss with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and set aside.

2. Meanwhile in a large frying pan, cook chopped pancetta until slightly crisp; remove and drain onto kitchen roll. Reserve 2 tablespoons of dripping; add remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil and heat in the same frying pan. Add chopped onion and cook over medium heat until onion is translucent. Add minced garlic and cook 1 minute more. Add wine if desired; cook one more minute.

3. Return cooked pancetta to pan; add cooked and drained spaghetti. Toss to coat and heat through, adding more olive oil if it seems dry or is sticking together. Add beaten eggs and cook, tossing constantly with tongs or large fork until eggs are barely set. Quickly add 50g Parmesan cheese and toss again. Add salt and pepper to taste (remember that bacon and Parmesan are very salty).

4. Serve immediately with chopped parsley sprinkled on top and extra Parmesan cheese at the table.

Idea :

Try adding fresh peas or pre-cooked frozen garden peas to give your carbonara added flavour and colour! Simply add along with the pancetta or bacon.

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