When my family and I visited Rome, Italy, a few years back, my dad stumbled across a particular pasta dish that he raved about for years, long after we had left Rome. He had the opportunity to sample some authentic Italian carbonara, and he’s been hooked ever since, understandably.
Granted, we aren’t in Rome anymore, but my dad celebrated his birthday last week, and I wanted to make him and the rest of my family, along with my grandmother, a lovely birthday dinner. I wanted to make something I know he loves, so I decided on carbonara. It was a hit, and I wanted to share the recipe I used with all of you. It comes from spendwithpennies.com.
- 1 pound spaghetti
- 6 slices pancetta or bacon, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup parmesan cheese shredded
- freshly ground black pepper
- Whisk eggs, parmesan cheese and black pepper in a bowl. Set aside.
- Cook pancetta over medium heat until crisp. Remove from pan and add garlic. Cook 1 minute.
- Cook pasta in salted water until al dente. Drain reserving 1 cup of pasta water.
- Place hot pasta in pan with garlic and toss to coat. Quickly remove from heat and add egg mixture.
- Using tongs, mix well adding pasta water if needed. Stir in pancetta/bacon and add parsley/parmesan for garnish,” the recipe states.
This dish was quite easy to make, and it doesn’t require a ton of ingredients, or time, for that matter. The most expensive items are your pancetta, or bacon, and the parmesan cheese, and there is a good chance you already have the other required items in your fridge and pantry.
My mom made and brought over a caesar salad, and for dessert, we had ice cream cake, which is another one of my dad’s favourites. This dish is great for entertaining, but also for a weeknight dinner.