Sunday, May 4, 2014

Things That Should Not Be (Pasta Carbonara)

Correct me if I am wrong, but companies that claim their product tastes like something, it should actually taste like the flavor they are claiming.  It's just another example of the almighty bacon, and it's unending power of luring consumers in.  It is my duty, as a patron to all that is Bacon, to make this Public Service Announcement...Pringles Bacon flavored chips, do not, I repeat, DO NOT taste like Bacon!

As you can see, no where in the ever-lengthening list of ingredients does it list bacon of any sort.  Coffee is listed, but not delicious meat candy.  Fail.

This week's recipe came from a glorious 3/4 pounds of fresh-sliced Italian Herbs Bacon, that came from a local deli.  I mentioned it to a friend and fellow baconphile and he suggested Poor Man's Pasta, and walked me through it.  I thought it was delicious.  And I was picking pieces of  crisped bacon out of the bottom of the pan, once it was gone.

Pasta Carbonara

12 ounce preferred pasta, I used angel hair
3 large egg yolks
1/2 cup(s) grated Parmesan or Romano,  plus more for sprinkling
6 ounce(s) sliced bacon (7 slices),  cut into 1/4-in. pieces


Cook the pasta according to package directions. Reserve 3/4 cup of the cooking water and drain the pasta.

Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, Parmesan, and 1/4 tsp each salt and pepper. Gradually whisk in 1/4 cup of the warm reserved cooking liquid.

Cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until crisp, 6 to 8 minutes. Add the pasta to the skillet and toss to coat.

Transfer the pasta and bacon to the bowl with the egg mixture and toss until the noodles are coated (if the mixture seems dry, stir in additional reserved pasta water 2 Tbsp at a time). Serve immediately and sprinkle with additional Parmesan and pepper, if desired.

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