In 2011 my husband and I went to Rome for holiday. The city was so beautiful that we felt in love again. Walking through all the busy streets and allies just to discover local good food. What’s in Rome? Pasta and pizza! I ate a lot of those but only one of them was my favorite, that is spaghetti alla carbonara. Those chewy, perfectly cooked spaghetti with cheesy sauce packed with bacon fat, tasted like heaven! Sat next to the flowery window with a bottle of Italian white wine, it was just the perfect ending for a long day walk in Rome.
Last weekends we just had our mid-summer holiday at our friend’s summer cottage. The whole trip was about grill meat and vegetables and alcohol. Enough is enough, I have to have my pasta. My husband asked me sweetly:’ Baby can you make Carbonara, the one we ate in Rome?’ Of course. 🙂
Barilla, the most sold pasta brand in Rome and we have one of them. The one I’m using is whole grain.
(Serves 2 people)
100 grams Spaghetti
1 pack/ 170 gram of bacon,
1/2 cup of grated Parmesan cheese
1 egg, beaten
1/2 teaspoon of sea salt
Dash of black pepper
1) Cook spaghetti in boiling water with a pinch of salt for 8-10 minutes. Dry drain, save 1/2 cup of cooking water for later used.
2) Meanwhile, fry bacon in pan with olive oil until brown. Add garlic, stir and fry until fragrance. Mix cooked spaghetti into pan and turn off the heat. Add beaten egg and parmesan cheese. Combine the egg and cheese mixture with pasta, until the cheese dissolve. Add cooking water gradually to prevent drying out. Season with salt and pepper.
3) Serve immediately. Top up with more parmesan cheese. Buon Appetito!