That’s one of the simplest and the most popular pasta recipe which probably everybody knows, but not everybody knows how to make this tasty spaghetti dish. Perfection is in simplicity as they say or as I say when you want some Italian spirit you should make Italian food. By the way, did you know that its a myth that Italian uses a lot of garlic? They usually add whole garlic to the oil, but after a few minutes they take it out.
- 100 g pancetta or another fatty bacon
- 50 g pecorino cheese or other hard cheese
- 50 g parmesan
- 3 large eggs
- 350 g spaghetti
- 2 garlic cloves, peeled and left whole
- 50 g butter
- sea salt
- freshly grated black pepper
- Firstly, put a saucepan of water on to boil.
- Secondly, chop the pancetta, finely grate pecorino cheese and parmesan and combine them together.
- Thirdly, beat the eggs in a bowl and season it with a little freshly grated black pepper.
- Then, add 1 tsp salt to the boiling water, add your spaghetti and when the water comes back to the boil, cook covered. Cook until al dente, it has to be just cooked, but not too soft.
- Next, squash peeled garlic cloves with the blade of a knife.
- While the pasta is cooking, fry the bacon with the garlic. Add butter into a frying pan and, then add pancetta and garlic.
- Leave it to cook on medium heat mixing often, until the pancetta is crisp. Take out the garlic. Then, turn the heat to low.
- When the spaghetti is done, take it out the water with tongs and put it in the frying pan with the pancetta. Don’t throw the pasta water away.
- Mix a bigger part of the cheese with the eggs, keep a small handful for sprinkling over later.
- Next, take the spaghetti and pancetta off the heat and quickly pour in the eggs and cheese. Using the tongs lift up the spaghetti so it combines with the egg mixture, which thickens but doesn’t scramble.
- Add pasta cooking water to keep it more liquidy, add only several teaspoons. Season with a little salt, if needed.
- Twist the pasta on to the serving plate. Serve it immediately with a little sprinkling of the remaining cheese and black pepper. Enjoy!