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April 6, 2009

Bet you’re wondering what the picture is in the header. It’s my version of Spaghetti Carbonara–which some people call bacon and egg spaghetti. I reserve the right to mock you mercilessly if you use that dopey name for a perfectly lovely, simple dish.

For those of you playing along at home, here’s the recipe:

Gayle’s Spaghetti Carbonara

1 pound spaghetti
2 Tbs butter
3 Tbs extra-virgin olive oil
4 ounces pancetta, cut into thin strips
1/3 cup dry white wine
2 eggs
4 Tbs parmigiano-reggiano cheese, freshly grated
1 Tbs finely chopped, flat-leaf parsley
1/4 cup onion, finely diced
freshly ground, black pepper


  1. Bring 4 quarts of water to boil in a large pot.
  2. Put the butter and olive oil in a skillet, over a medium heat. When the butter is melted add the pancetta and onion. Cook until the onion is translucent and the pancetta is well browned, but not crisp.
  3. Add the white wine and continue cooking until it has reduced by about half. Remove from the heat.
  4. When the water is boiling, add the salt and pasta, stirring until the pasta is submerged.
  5. In a mixing bowl (I usually use a microwavable serving bowl that I’ll add the pasta too) lightly beat the eggs with the cheese, parsley, a pinch of salt, and a generous amount of fresh black pepper.
  6. When the pasta is cooked al dente, return the skillet with the pancetta and onion to a high heat.
  7. Drain the pasta and add it to the bowl with the egg and cheese mixture. Toss well, until the pasta is coated with the egg and cheese.
  8. Add the onion and pancetta. Toss again. Top with some chopped fresh parsley for a little color.
  9. If you’re freaky about the eggs not being “cooked,” pop the bowl in the microwave for 30 seconds. Don’t cook longer, or the pasta will be too dry.
  10. Serve immediately with more grated parmigiano.  Thank me later.
3 Comments leave one →
  1. Cindy Norman permalink
    April 7, 2009 2:59 pm

    Alpha, I love to see your food posts. The chicken sounds so good. I will try it for sure.

    Thanks for all the ideas.


  2. E11even permalink
    April 11, 2009 8:20 pm

    OMG, this is so ridiculously good. We’re all shoveling it in.

  3. June 9, 2010 10:05 pm

    Many thanks for this great material. I wanted some thing good to serve at my future get together, today I’ve found it in this article on this site.

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