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Spaghetti Carbonara

Submitted by Rod Barnett
This recipe is in category Main courses
About this recipe
Healthiness : (183 votes)
Difficulty:  3 out of 5 difficulty
Preparation Time: 10-15 minutes
Cooking Time: 10-15 minutes
Number of servings: 4
Serving suggestions: Ideally accompanied by a fresh green salad.

A simple, delicious, traditional Italian dish.
  • 100g (4oz) smoked bacon, diced, keep the pan juices
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 15ml (1 tablespoon) olive oil
  • 250g (11-12oz) dried spaghetti
  • 2 large eggs or 3 small
  • 150ml (5fl oz/¼ pint) single cream
  • 5 x 15ml spoon (tablespoons) parmesan cheese, freshly grated
  • a few fresh basil leaves
  • Frying Pan
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Wooden Spoon
  • Saucepan
  • Serving Dish
Making and cooking it
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1. Fry the diced bacon and garlic in olive oil until crisp
2. Set to one side and leave to cool
3. Cook the spaghetti according to the packet instructions
4. In a bowl, mix the eggs, single cream and two tablespoons of grated parmesan   (Carbonara sauce)
5. Once combined, add the cooked bacon and pan juices
6. Drain the cooked spaghetti, return to the pan and immediately pour in the carbonara sauce
7. Toss the pan to coat the spaghetti and allow the egg to set slightly.(You should return the mixture to the heat briefly to ensure the egg is properly cooked)
8. Dish up onto plates
9. Sprinkle the remaining parmesan on top
10. Garnish with the basil leaves
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Name: Jack W 23rd November 2012
It looks odd but sounds nice
Name: Jacira 21st August 2012
ahhh unfortunately when i'll attempt to recreate this dish i might end up butchering it Being muslim I can not eat ham or pork, so ill try a turkey substitute. Or maybe a beef sausage?I've made butternut squash ravioli and i must say i dont fancy the taste of butternut squash one bit :/ so I might just try substituting garbanzo beans for the squash. Any tips or ideas?
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