Home alone

The nanny’s sick so I’m home from work and have all the time in the world to braise brisket and simmer cabbage. Instead, I’m making this: (via Saveur)

Spaghetti alla Carbonara

To make this dish the traditional Roman way, mix the cheese, eggs, pepper, and pork in a bowl to create a thick sauce before tossing it with the pasta. This recipe appeared in “Eternal Pleasures,” author Anya von Bremzen’s tribute to classic Roman dishes (April 2010).

4 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
4 oz. thinly sliced guanciale or pancetta cut
into 1⁄2″ pieces
2 tsp. freshly cracked black pepper, plus more
to taste
1 3⁄4 cups finely grated Parmesan
1 egg plus 3 yolks
Kosher salt, to taste
1 lb. spaghetti

1. Heat oil in a 10″ skillet over medium heat. Add guanciale and cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned, 6–8 minutes. Add pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until fragrant, 2 minutes more. Transfer guanciale mixture to a large bowl and let cool slightly; stir in 1 1⁄2 cups Parmesan and egg and yolks and stir to combine; set aside.

2. Meanwhile, bring a 6-qt. pot of salted water to a boil. Add pasta; cook until al dente, 8–10 minutes. Reserve 3⁄4 cup water; drain pasta and transfer it to guanciale mixture. Toss, adding pasta water a little at a time to make a creamy sauce. Season with salt and pepper; serve with remaining Parmesan.


This article was first published in Saveur in Issue #128


Author: Scott

I am a married father of two. I graduated from Rock Bridge High School and then Mizzou before spending six years in the Washington, D.C. area. We returned to Columbia, Missouri in 2006.

5 thoughts

  1. mmmm…carbonara is my favorite.

    But I am so jonesing for corned beef and cabbage right now! It’s in the crockpot bubbling away, awaiting my arrival home from work 🙂

  2. This turned out pretty well. Watch it with the pasta water, though. I may have added a tablespoon or two too much…sauce a bit thin. Also, I might go with 6oz. of guanciale.

    You can buy guanciale by stopping in at the Columbia Area Career Center and asking for Brook.

  3. It’s about 50 yards north of Rock Bridge High School, near Angelo’s. And should be considered a real resource by more people in town. Lardo, chicken stock, smoked meats…a good place to add to your shopping list.

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