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Jeanette’s Creamy Spaghetti Carbonara Recipe
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If you’re on the hunt for the perfect spaghetti carbonara recipe, look no further. This classic Italian dish, with its rich flavors and creamy texture, is a staple in the world of pasta and a favorite among culinary enthusiasts. Let’s embark on a journey to discover the essence of spaghetti carbonara, explore its origins, and master the art of making it.

Exploring the Delights of Spaghetti Carbonara

Let’s dive deeper into what makes spaghetti carbonara a beloved classic in Italian cuisine.

What Is Spaghetti Carbonara?

Spaghetti carbonara is a quintessential Roman dish, revered for its rich, creamy sauce and savory taste. The magic of carbonara lies in its technique, where the pasta is coated in a silky sauce made from eggs and cheese, cooked gently from the heat of the pasta to avoid scrambling, with the cured pork adding a depth of flavor and a delightful saltiness.

The Origins of Spaghetti Carbonara

The history of spaghetti carbonara is somewhat mysterious, with various theories about its origins. Some believe it dates back to the post-World War II period, when American soldiers in Italy combined bacon and eggs with pasta, creating a dish reminiscent of the American breakfast but with an Italian twist.

Others argue that it has deeper roots in Italian culinary tradition, pointing to similar recipes in historical Italian cookbooks. Regardless of its true origins, spaghetti carbonara has become an iconic dish of Italian cuisine, celebrated and loved worldwide.

What Pairs Well With Spaghetti Carbonara?

When serving spaghetti carbonara, the choice of accompaniments can enhance the experience. A simple side salad with a light vinaigrette can cut through the richness of the dish, while steamed vegetables like asparagus or green beans add a fresh, crunchy contrast.

In terms of wine, a crisp white wine like a Pinot Grigio or a light-bodied red wine such as Sangiovese complements the creamy texture and savory flavors of the carbonara perfectly.

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Our Spaghetti Carbonara Recipe

Now, let’s get to the heart of the matter: making your own spaghetti carbonara at home. Here’s a recipe that stays true to the Roman tradition while incorporating a few additional ingredients for an extra flavor twist.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground
  • 2 egg yolks, beaten (keep at room temperature)
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 2 cups fresh Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 jar sun-dried tomatoes, drained and chopped
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes
  • 12 ounces thin spaghetti
  • 2 cups cooked chicken or shrimp

Directions:

  1. Start by cooking the spaghetti al dente according to package instructions. Drain and set aside, reserving some pasta water.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add minced garlic and sauté until golden and fragrant, about 1 minute.
  3. Reduce the heat to low, then stir in the half and half, bringing the mixture to a gentle simmer.
  4. In a separate bowl, temper the egg yolks by slowly whisking in a few tablespoons of the warm half and half mixture. This prevents the eggs from curdling when added to the skillet.
  5. Slowly whisk the tempered egg yolks back into the skillet, stirring continuously to form a creamy sauce. Add 1 1/2 cups of grated Parmesan cheese, freshly ground black pepper, and red pepper flakes if using. Mix in the sun-dried tomatoes.
  6. Add the cooked spaghetti to the skillet, tossing well to coat evenly with the sauce. If the sauce is too thick, add a little reserved pasta water to reach the desired consistency.
  7. Mix in the cooked chicken or shrimp if using, and parsley, then heat through.
  8. Serve hot, garnished with the remaining Parmesan cheese.

In crafting the perfect spaghetti carbonara, remember that the key is in the simplicity and quality of the ingredients.

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