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How to Cook Spaghetti Carbonara with Bacon

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Spaghetti carbonara with bacon is basically bacon and eggs for the pasta
world! It's a classic Italian pasta recipe that is simple yet delicious. However,
while the recipe itself is easy, timing is critical to ensure a smooth creamy
sauce.
Ingredients
1/2 lb (225g) spaghetti
Bacon, thickly sliced works best
2 eggs
1/2-3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Black pepper–coarsely ground (at least a tablespoon or two)
Steps
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1Slice the bacon into 1/2" (1cm) pieces. Put the pieces aside in an unheated
frying pan.
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2Bring water to boil in the heavy pot for the pasta.
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3Once the water is boiling, add the pasta in. Set a timer for 10 minutes.
However, the best test to tell when the pasta is ready is to eat a piece––it's
ready when it no longer has any grit or crunch, but still has some resistance
when bitten.
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4Meanwhile, turn on the heat under the frying pan to medium-high.
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Ad . Cook Spaghetti Carbonara with Bacon Step 9.5Cook the bacon. If desired. Shake quickly to remove excess water. The eggs will cook from the heat of the bacon fat and hot pasta (and the hot pot). Adjust the heat as necessary to render fat out of the bacon. Cook Spaghetti Carbonara with Bacon Step 10.jpg 10Begin to sprinkle in the coarsely ground pepper. The cheese will melt from the heat of the bacon and pot. Use about just over a tablespoon of coarsely ground pepper.jpg 6Quickly dump the pasta in the strainer. you may add a splash of cream to improve the richness of the dish. Cook Spaghetti Carbonara with Bacon Step 8.jpg 11Serve immediately. until the pasta mixture is speckled with pepper. Cook Spaghetti Carbonara with Bacon Step 7. coating the pasta with the bacon fat. more or less to taste. Timing is critical––you should be able to have the bacon cooked in the 10 minutes it takes to cook the pasta––you may need to lower the heat to keep the bacon hot. Stir in. Do not rinse the pasta and return it to the hot pot you originally used to boil it in.jpg 9Add the grated Parmesan cheese and continue to stir.jpg 8Add the beaten eggs and continue to stir. The the combination of Parmesan cheese and pepper make this a wonderful dish. It can be served as a side or main dish (depending on serving size).jpg 7Pour the contents of the frying pan (bacon and fat) over the pasta in the pot and begin to stir. Cook Spaghetti Carbonara with Bacon Step 12. but avoid cooking the bacon to the crispy stage––you really want it soft and just slightly browned. Cook Spaghetti Carbonara with Bacon Step 11.

otherwise use a coarsely ground jarred pepper. Ad . as the canned stuff won't work. A heavy pot is needed to boil the pasta because the heat of the pot and the heat of the pasta is crucial to cooking the eggs and melting the cheese. and black pepper. If you can. Always use freshly-grated Parmesan cheese. cheese.We could really use your help! Can you tell us about soldering? YesNo Can you tell us about computers? YesNo Can you tell us about cleaning carpet? YesNo Can you tell us about drywall? YesNo Video Tips Use a strong spoon. as the pasta mixture does get somewhat sticky as you're mixing in the eggs. use fresh coarsely ground black pepper. as it won't scratch the pasta pot. A heavy wood spoon is a good choice.

. Be sure the bacon is fully heated/cooked. If you use a heavy pot to boil the pasta. but not crispy. This is normally pasteurized so the bacteria that cause food poisoning has been killed.Warnings As with any dish that contains eggs. egg substitute is also lower in fat and cholesterol. Another way to avoid this is to use pre-packaged egg substitute. there is a risk of food poisoning if the eggs aren't completely cooked. this shouldn't be a problem.