Mar 2007

Spaghetti alla Carbonara

  • 5 oz. guanciale (unsmoked cured hog jowl) or pancetta
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1 lb. spaghetti
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 oz Parmigiano-Reggiano, finely grated (3/4 cup)
  • 3/4 oz Pecorino Romano, finely grated (1/3 cup)
  • 1 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 8 oz. frozen peas, thawed
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

Cut guanciale or pancetta into 1/3-inch dice, then cook in a deep 12-inch heavy skillet over moderate heat, stirring, until fat begins to render, 1 to 2 minutes. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is golden, about 10 minutes. Add wine and boil until reduced by half, 1 to 2 minutes.

Cook spaghetti in a 6- to 8-quart pot of boiling salted water until al dente.

While pasta is cooking, whisk together eggs, Parmigiano-Reggiano , Pecorino Romano (1/3 cup), 1 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper, and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a small bowl.

Drain spaghetti in a colander and add to guanciale, then toss with tongs over moderate heat until coated. Remove from heat and add egg mixture, peas and  parsley, tossing to combine. Serve immediately.

Makes 4 main-course servings.

Gourmet, March 2003

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