Anyone who knows me understands how much I love carbonara. When I was in Rome, I pretty much ordered it for dinner every night because it was that good. I wanted to learn how to make it so when my Uncle Tommy came in to town, he gave me a great tutorial. I made some adjustments to try out for myself but this is a dish that can have many variations.
- Two 4-oz containers of diced pancetta
- Four egg yolks and two whole eggs
- One tablespoon of minced garlic
- One cup of grated parmesan cheese
- One pound of spaghetti
- Olive oil
- Cup of boiling water (grab from spaghetti water)
- Splash of heavy cream (optional)
- In a large frying pan, drizzle in some olive oil and toss the pancetta into it. I like to cook on medium high heat to get a good crust on the pancetta. As it starts to brown, add in your minced garlic for extra flavoring.
- Begin boiling your pasta to cook al dente.
- The sauce is the tricky part. Crack and beat your eggs into a bowl. Mix in your parmesan cheese until it becomes thicker and the cheese is no longer visible. If you prefer it creamy, you can put a splash of heavy cream but that’s totally optional based on your preference. Make sure to season with black pepper as well.
- When the pasta is done, take a cup of the boiling water and set it aside. Add the pasta to the frying pan with the cooked pancetta. with the heat on VERY low. Add in the hot water to keep the spaghetti loose and non sticky.
- Very slowly drizzle on the egg and cheese mixture and keep stirring it quickly. This needs to be done quickly or else the egg will start cooking in the pan like an omelette. Continue to toss until the spaghetti is covered completely and serve immediately. Parsley garnish on top.
Any sort of Italian pasta dish requires a dry Italian red. I like this Chianti because it’s light and smooth. Some bad chiantis have no flavor but you can really taste the fruits within this one. Spaghetti Carbonara is something to savor and this wine helps you do that.
Non Cooking Thoughts of the Week
a. Hurricane Florence has come and gone but recovery efforts are only beginning. This article takes a deeper look into what that will entail moving forward and how technological developments the last few years have made dealing with natural disasters slightly easier. A good read.
b. Is there an off button for Hillary Clinton? If so, can someone please press it?
c. In a world in which cigarettes pollute our air, one would think that embracing e-cigarettes would be a no brainer. Not the US government apparently. Stay out of the way, please.
Yes, I had a fine first round of betting in week 1 so I decided to take a victory lap in week 2 by skipping the bets to bask in my glory. Let’s see if we can keep the good mojo running.
Saints @ Falcons (-2.5)
Atlanta is coming off a big win against Carolina and I like to think that they’ll keep that momentum going this week. They are just a very different team at home and I do not trust that Saints defense in the slightest to stop that Atlanta offensive attack. I’ll lay the points and take the Falcons here.
Raiders @ Dolphins (-3)
I really try and avoid betting on my Dolphins but this game seems too easy to pass up (which is why I probably should pass it up). Oakland is 0-2 and traveling across the entire country to play in hot and humid Miami. The forecast is in the high 80s/low 90s with humidty. The Dolphins are going to be wearing all white jerseys, forcing the Raiders to wear their black jerseys in the sun. Not many people know this but when the Dolphins revamped their stadium, they put a canopy for shade which covers most of the field. The part of the field that isn’t covered by the shade? The opposing sideline. My gut tells me the Raiders will wear out as the game goes on.
Cowboys @ Seahawks (-2)
The Seahawks are not a good team but they seem to turn everything on at home. I love Russell Wilson in this game to make something out of nothing. Any sort of stat you look at for this game will tell you that Dallas should probably win but Wilson is 38-10 at home during the regular season and with mounting pressure to not go 0-3, they’ll find a way to win.
Farewell Quote of the Week
“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.”
-F. Scott Fitzgerald