Search Blog
Blog Categories
Subscribe to our blog

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner

« Judging the 2011 National Beef-Cook-Off | Main | Grab ‘n’ Go Picnic »

Meal Under 30 Minutes: Pasta Carbonara

By David Hu

Pasta Carbonara is one of my absolute favorite foods. It’s become a staple in my household because it only requires a handful of ingredients which can be prepped and cooked in under 30 minutes. This version uses raw egg yolks instead of cream for the sauce and I add peas for a little brightness. If you’re uncomfortable with raw egg yolks use pasteurized egg yolks instead. And don’t forget a glass of white wine to round things out!

To get the recipe and shopping list on your smartphone (iPhone, BlackBerry, Android device) or PC, click here.



Pasta Carbonara
Serves 2

½ pound spaghetti pasta
1 tablespoon olive oil
¼ pound pancetta cut into ¼ inch cubes
½ cup frozen peas
2 egg yolks
¼ cup grated pecorino cheese
Salt and pepper to taste
Chopped parsley for garnish (optional)

Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat olive oil. Add pancetta and cook until golden, stirring occasionally, about 2 minutes. Drain all but 1 tablespoon of fat from the skillet.

Add frozen peas to a colander. When pasta is cooked, reserve 1 cup of the pasta water, then drain pasta in the colander, pouring over peas to defrost peas.

Shake colander to remove excess water then add pasta and peas to the skillet with the pancetta. Toss well.

In medium bowl, combine egg yolks, 1/3 cup of the pasta water and cheese and beat with a fork to combine. Add to pasta and toss together until well blended. Season to taste with salt and pepper. If the pasta seems dry, add additional reserved water. Garnish with parsley. Makes 2 main dish servings.

Note: If you prefer not to use raw egg yolks, use pasteurized egg yolks instead.

Special Fork is a recipe website for your smartphone and PC that solves the daily dinnertime dilemma: what to cook now! Our bloggers blog Monday through Friday to give you cooking inspiration. Check out our recipe database for quick ideas that take no more than 30 minutes of prep time. Join the conversation on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Reader Comments

There are no comments for this journal entry. To create a new comment, use the form below.

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.

My response is on my own website »
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
Some HTML allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>