18:22 | Posted by Nim Headland | Category

Spaghetti Carbonara

Spaghetti Carbonara is a bit sexy isn't it? Sort of slurpy, carb-coma inducing and indulgent. It's what Queen Nigella suggests you cook when someone first stays through the night, and it's what Meryl Streep cooks for Jack Nicholson in 'Heartburn'. This is my take on it and it is a bit dangerous. Lots of calories, but you'll be burning them off after, right?

For 2 ravenous bodies:

A knob of unsalted butter
half a white onion, chopped
A double handful cubetti di pancetta
2 cloves of garlic, crushed
Two eggs. These must, MUST be the best you can get your hands on. Free range, organic and super fresh. Preferably from your very own chickens, but I understand that's not always an option...
About 75ml double cream
25g parmasan, and a little extra for serving
Lots of freshly ground black pepper
Enough good dried spaghetti for three. I know there's only two of you, but you'll regret not doing extra.

Put your pasta onto boil in a big saucepan of salted water with a splash of olive oil. It'll take about 10 minutes, but remember to taste it.
In a frying pan, melt the butter and then throw in the onion and pancetta. Cook until golden brown and sticky, throwing in the garlic for the last minute or so. Remove from the heat but keep warm.

In a measuring jug, beat your eggs and add to them the double cream, 25g parmasan and lots of pepper. Set aside until your pasta is done. When it is, remove from the heat and drain, then return to a very low heat and stir through the onion and pancetta, stirring until the pasta is coated with buttery, bacony goodness. Turn the heat off completely and then briefly stir through the egg and cream mixture. Serve using tongs, to warmed but not hot plates. Sprinkle with the rest of the parmasan and eat with someone you love.

And for those days when you just don't love anyone? When you have a cold and it's raining? You need this recipe. NEED it. It is comfort food of the highest order. Grab yourself the above ingredients, but enough for one. Replace the cubetti di pancetta with your favorite bacon, cut into strips. Peel a couple of mushrooms, chop them into chunks and fry with the onion and bacon strips. Use big fat rigatoni pasta tubes instead of spaghetti. Eat alone, wrapped in a blanket in front of the TV, and prepare to feel restored.


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