Saturday, March 16, 2013

Penne a la Carbonara

 I dont eat Pasta all that often, but when I do this is an old favourite I first had many moons ago at Mario & Francos Restaurant in London. I was told, not sure how true it was that this dish started in the Second War, Americans loved their Bacon and Eggs and they made this dish for them, after all it is Italian Bacon and Eggs.
It really couldn't be simpler put on a saucepan of water and bring to the boil, add a handful of rock salt and add your Penne cook to the instructions on the packet but normally ten minutes keep stirring ever so often so it doesn't stick to the pan
In a bowl break an Egg and whisk with a fork, grate in some fresh Parmesan, quite a lot and add some freshly ground Black Pepper.
In a frying pan add a little glug of good quality Olive Oil and when hot add your Pancetta or thin strips of Bacon and let them sizzle and Colour.
When Pasta is cooked Drain reserving some of the water and add the pasta to the Bacon a splash of White Wine and a spoon or two of the Water you cooked the Pasta.
Take the pan off the heat and add your Egg and Parmesan Mix stirring and serve onto the plate. I garnished with fresh Parsley and a little extra grated Parmesan and another turn or two of the Black Pepper.
Easy quick and delicious!

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