5 February 2013

How to Make a Perfect Carbonara Sauce.

When recently waxing lyrical about the ups and downsides of taking in Foreign Language Students, it slipped my mind to mention the cooking.

If you nag them enough ask them very nicely they might show you how to cook the dishes they make in their own countries.

Here's Daniele who is Swiss Italian, making the perfect Spaghetti Carbonara - just how his Mamma does.



Top tip - cook the SPAGHETTI first.  We forgot that on our first two tries at this recipe!



He is frying a couple of packets of Pancetta - until it's almost cooked through.




Now he's adding quite a considerable amount of FRESHLY GRATED Parmigiano Reggiano cheese - he says any decent Parmesan would do.   It looked like 2-3 tablespoonsful.  We have serious translation issues! 





Then he adds EGG YOLKS ONLY, one per person, although I prefer one or two extra, plus he then adds quite a splash of MILK and keeps stirring until it's all cooked through.




The cooked spaghetti gets chucked in .... 




...and voila!  Only he doesn't say that, but 'Ecco!' 


He'd never made this before - he'd watched his mum and written down the recipe when he got sick of me asking we invited him to cook.  I discovered it's not cream at all that gives this dish the oomph, but plenty of the parmesan and if you forget to discard the egg whites, then you end up with scrambled eggs, bacon and pasta!

It's honestly so simple and the quantities of all the ingredients are down to personal preference.  His father likes less eggs, his mother likes more milk.

You'll find your own way and it ain't half fun practising.  Buon appetito!



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26 comments:

  1. I made carbonara for years and years (although not since Aaron came along) and I never ever discarded the egg whites.
    You have both shown me the error of my ways.
    Will be giving this a shot - it looks yummy xxx

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    1. It was when I made it without Daniele for the first time when he went home at xmas I didn't discard them - and it was mush. He explained on his return! The boys didn't care!

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  2. I am just the same, a regular in our house but I add Greek yogurt and keep the egg whites. Going to try this one and make meringues with the egg whites for pudding!

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    1. Well you're biased towards Greek yoghurt (!), but I am going to try that anyhow and I meant to mention the egg whites and meringue. Do let me know how you get on x

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  3. Oh YUM! That sounds and looks immense. I'll definitely be trying that.

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    1. IMMENSE! What a great word - and it is exactly the right one. Would love to know how you get on. :)

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  4. I have to do the scrambled egg variety as my boys don't like cheese. It might not be authentic, but it tastes okay. Good to know how it really should be done though. I'll store that info away! :)

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    1. It's great to know how it should be done - I thought it would be loaded with cream - and am relieved it isn't!

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  5. OMG despite being a rubbish cook (although I do cook from scratch), I think I might actually be able to make this!!!!!
    Very excited!

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    1. I like to cook from scratch too and this is surprisingly simple - good luck!

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  6. I love carbonara - it's so yummy and comforting. And I really enjoyed the originality of your post - getting your tenant to run through the recipe - he he he! :o).

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    1. I love it too and I did nag him to death for the recipe, if you hand't gathered! we'll cook it next time you're down X

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  7. Looks mouth-watering, nowt else to say.
    Seems like a jolly nice student also.

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  8. I tried it - but mine curdled - what did I do wrong. I definitely didn't put the egg whites in :o(

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  9. Ok, Carbonara it is for us tonight - just need to hook in next door's au pair to make it, as I don't have a foreign student to hand!!

    Tell you what though, my mum used to take in foreign students / teachers for a while, one of them is now one of her best friends and we've had many wonderful trips to France to stay with them and vice versa. It's amazing what horizons doing something a little different to earn some extra cash can open up. xx

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    1. That's good - if I can do it, you can too! Yes, it does open up horizons. I think it's good for the children and it's great news about making such a good friend!

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  10. That looks yum. I must say Carbonara was always one of those pasta dishes that I steered clear of as I found the sauce too cheesy and bacony but this summer we toned it down a bit. A little less cheese and not so gloopy and yummo. Now it's a regular on the menu. I'll pass this recipe over to Al Dente or 'he who was once taught how to cook pasta by an Italian and has never shut up about it'. x

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  11. Yum! I have been trying to think of ways to get my little man to eat more eggs so this could really fit the bill. Thank you x

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    1. I can't think of a more enjoyable one! Good luck :)

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  12. My daughter loves to make Carbonara - I'll be giving her the recipe - sounds yummy!

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    1. Perhaps she's got a recipe she could share? It is delish - am always happy to experiment!

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  13. I must try this, I've only made carbonara once, and it was a total disaster!

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    1. Mine have always been a disaster, but I do love it, hence the nagging him to show us the proper way - good luck!

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  14. Interesting method - I shall try it. Pinned and Stumbled. Thanks for linking up to #recipeoftheweek. New linky up tomorrow :)

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