Ever since I came across Ruth Reichl’s recipe for Spaghetti Carbonara in Garlic & Sapphires, it’s been a regular on my dinner menu. I’ve tweaked it over the years and prefer pancetta, an Italian-style bacon, over regular but you can certainly use whatever’s on hand in your fridge. The one ingredient you shouldn’t skimp on is the eggs. My fave are farm-fresh ones from the Greenmarket (Grazin’ Angus Acres‘ are the holy grail). Serve it with a salad and it’s the perfect Monday night meal —an easy stress-free way to ease into a week’s worth of dinners.
Quick & Easy Spaghetti Carbonara
adapted from Ruth Reichl’s Garlic & Sapphires
3/4 pound uncooked spaghetti
8 ounces pancetta, thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, peeled
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
2 large eggs
3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
- Prepare pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add pancetta and garlic cloves. Saute until pancetta is crisp and garlic is golden. Drain pancetta, reserving 1/4 cup of the drippings; discard garlic.
- Crack eggs into a large serving bowl and beat well. Drain hot pasta and add to eggs. Toss quickly to “cook” the eggs and evenly coat the pasta. Add the cooked pancetta, reserved drippings and parmesan cheese; toss until mixed well. Serve immediately.