So here it is; my best effort at recreating a memory…
Pot for pasta
Saucepan for sauce
Med sized jug or bowl
Pasta bowls (heated)
- 4oz of pancetta, or unsmoked bacon, in chunky pieces if possible
- half a medium onion, finely chopped
- 1 clove of garlic finely chopped
- 2 egg yolks (as fresh and free range as possible)
- 4fl oz. whipping cream (double cream is too rich, I think)
- 2oz of freshly ground Parmesan cheese with some shavings for serving
- freshly ground black pepper
- pasta of your choice (I still prefer spaghetti for this)
The trick here is to have everything ready before you start to cook, because the whole thing takes about 10 seconds to put together. I tend not to use any salt in this, as there is plenty in the pancetta and parmesan
- Fill your biggest pot with boiling water
- Put a small amount of olive oil in a medium sized pan, and when it is good and hot, add the onion, and bacon.
- Stir well over a high heat, until the pancetta sears and the onions turn a light golden colour.
- Add the garlic and stir again. Turn down the heat and cook for about 3-4 mins until pancetta is crispy, and the garlic is cooked.
- Remove from the heat and keep warm
- Put the pasta on to cook until al dente.
- In a jug or bowl, combine the cream, egg yolks, parmesan and pepper
TO SERVE: moving quickly….
- Put the pancetta mixture back onto the heat
- drain the pasta, and immediately put it back into its pot
- Add the pancetta mixture, and fold in well
- Add the cream mixture and fold in well. The eggs will cook in the heat of the warm pasta, and the cream and cheese will make a sauce.
- Give it one last stir, and serve at once in the warmed (not hot) dishes, with a sprinkle of parmesan and some finely chopped parsley.
- This dish does not keep at all, and must be served presto pronto. However, as it takes such a short time to put together, you can have everyone sitting down, ready to go!
- In addition, even though the eggs scramble in the heat of the pasta, it is considered that it contains uncooked eggs, and is therefore not suitable for pregnant ladies or people with compromised immune systems.
- Serve it with garlicy flatbread, and don’t blame me if your jeans don’t fit anymore 😉