This is probably the quickest and most delicious dinner I have made so far during this period of isolation. I’ll admit when the talk of hunkering down at home for weeks was just talk, I ran to the grocery store after the mayor declared a state of emergency. I was in search of staples because our pantry was bare – unfortunately I wasn’t the only one thinking this. At 7AM at the grocery store on a random day of the week, the supermarket was packed and the shelves were sparse.
Of the items I picked up, one was spaghetti – the only pasta left in the pasta aisle- so I got 5 boxes of spaghetti.
I like to keep things different when I cook so aside from the classic spaghetti and meatballs or spaghetti with olive oil and garlic, I was looking for something different. My family mechanic was a guest on a TV show so I happen to find myself watching daytime talk shows when Rachael Ray came on and she was doing a Q&A from home. One of her viewers asked what was the first dish Rachael cooked for her husband and he said carbonara. I happened to have all the ingredients so carbonara was on deck.
1 lb Spaghetti
6 oz thick cut bacon, chopped
1 Tbsp minced garlic cloves
2 large eggs beaten
1/2 to 1 cup of pasta water
In a large pot set the water to boil and cook the spaghetti per your liking.
In a frying pan, over medium heat, cook bacon until its crispy. Remove crumbled bacon to a paper towel and add garlic to the rendered bacon fat. Lower the heat to low and cook garlic until fragrant- about 2 minutes.
While the pasta is nearly cooked, reserve a cup of pasta water.
In a small bowl, beat the eggs and add parm cheese. I like to add 2 or 3 tbsp.
Once the spaghetti is cooked, drain and place back in the pot. Pour the rendered bacon fat and garlic onto the spaghetti and toss.
Temper the beaten eggs by adding in the pasta water 1 tbsp at a time to slowly bring the eggs to a higher temperature without scrambling. Start with adding half cup of pasta water to the eggs. You can always add more of you need it.
I whipped the eggs, parm, and water together and quickly tossed into the spaghetti to coat. When it was fully incorporated, I added the bacon crumbles and served with parsley and more parm cheese
Took about 20 minutes from start to finish.
Loved this and my family did as well.