Today is my only day off which in itself sums up my day’s activities – catching up on errands, chores, housework, & prepping for the week etc. Doesn’t leave me much time to prepare a fancy meal for dinner. Since, I typically store cheese, pasta, & fresh herbs in my kitchen, I chose to make Pasta Carbonara. This meal actually comprises of very few ingredients, yet it is rather lavish.
The reason I consider it lavish is for the quality of the ingredients. I realized early on in my cooking that good ingredients yield great results, especially when there are only few. Pasta Carbonara with Parmigiana Reggiano, the true king of Italian Cheese; Lamb Chops is another indulgence.
Try to find the best quality ingredients you can find for this meal. I only use Parmigiano Reggiano and Fresh Pasta. If you are in a hurry, feel free to buy the fresh pasta in your local grocery store or use Colavita; my brand of preference for dried pasta.
Grilled Lamb Chops with Mediterranean Marinade
The Mediterranean marinade is quick and effortless to make; results are bold and flavorful.
Pasta Carbonara is one of the simplest pastas to create, especially when pressed for time. Though it does have the reputation of being notoriously tricky.
1 lb fresh Spaghetti (I use combination of egg and spinach pasta to enhance the aesthetic value)
4 ounces Pancetta, cubed
4 Garlic Cloves, finely chopped
2 Large Eggs
1 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
Fresh ground Black Pepper
Fresh Parsley, chopped
Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Add the pasta and cook per package directions. (Usually 3-4 minutes).
Heat the olive oil and sauté pancetta till golden brown. Add garlic and sauté for 1 minute.
Drain the pasta, reserving 1 cup of pasta water.
Add the hot pasta to the pancetta and garlic and toss to combine.
Immediately, while the pasta is hot; add the eggs and cheese mixture and pasta water. Keep whisking briskly until the sauce reaches the desired creamy consistency.
Season with black pepper and sprinkle parsley.
Note: The trick to a great pasta Carbonara is the rapid addition of egg/cheese mixture to the hot pasta without scrambling the eggs. You must be ultra quick in order to achieve the creamy consistency, this pasta is most appreciated for.