Friday, September 21, 2007

Recipe: Pasta Carbonara

Penne Carbonara

We had friends over at our home today. And what is a good way to impress your friends at dinner yet not spending hours in the kitchen while missing out having fun and socializing with your guests? Pasta carbonara, of course. It is easy to make, delicious to eat and filling to the tummy.

I know that there are several ways of preparing pasta carbonara. My method is cooking it all under the stove - while watching the heat carefully. You have to be careful when you add the eggs (make sure you turn off the fire first!) as you do not want to end up having lumps of scrambled eggs in your pasta. Yikes!


Recipe (for 4):

300g penne
3 cloves garlic
1.5 cup bacon - chopped into squares
1 cup cream
2 egg yolks
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
1 cup white wine
1 tbsp oil
salt and black pepper to taste


1. Boil the penne following the instructions on the packet.
Meanwhile, fry garlic in oil until golden in colour.

2. Add bacon and fry for a couple of minutes.

3. Pour white wine into the garlic and bacon mixture. Let it simmer for a minute.

4. Add the cream and bring it to a boil.

5. Once it boiled, add the pasta.
Stir well to thoroughly coat the pasta with the cream mixture.

6. Add the cheese, salt and pepper to taste. Stir well. Turn off the fire and add the egg yolks. Stir vigorously to ensure that the yolks do not turn into lumps. You should achieve a creamy texture in the end.

Serve warm

Pasta, anyone?

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