Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Spaghetti Carbonara

2 teaspoons olive oil
4 ounces thinly sliced pancetta, chopped (can use bacon)
2 teaspoons minced garlic
2 1/2 cups whipping cream
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan
8 large egg yolks
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves
1 pound spaghetti
4 cups coarsely shredded chicken (from 1 roasted rotisserie chicken)
Freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
1 tablespoon finely grated lemon peel

Heat the oil in a heavy large frying pan over medium heat. Add the pancetta and garlic and saute until it is brown and crisp, about 8 minutes. Cool slightly.

In a large bowl, whisk together the cream, cheese, yolks, basil, and parsley to blend.

Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the spaghetti and cook until it is just tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes. Drain.

Add the chicken to the pan with the pancetta and stir to combine. Next, add the spaghetti and the cream mixture and toss over medium-low heat until the chicken is heated through and the sauce coats the spaghetti thickly, about 4 minutes (do not boil or you might end up scrambling the eggs). Season the pasta, to taste, with pepper and salt if needed (the pancetta will likely add all the salt you need). Transfer the pasta to a large wide serving bowl. Sprinkle the walnuts and lemon zest over, and serve.

*Variation: Instead of pancetta, I use bacon, so no need for the olive oil. I fry the bacon and then drain the grease, but don’t wash the pan. I stir the garlic around in the same pan. I add roasted red peppers (found next to the pickles in the grocery store), peas, and I’ve even done this with shrimp along with the chicken and it’s really yummy. I’ve never done it with the toasted walnuts and lemon zest.


1 comment:

Chrissy Jo said...

After tasting this yesterday I can't stop thinking about it! I MUST try making it... soon!