Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Once Upon a Feast

A shot of tonight's supper, "Spaghetti Alla Carbonara" - it was very tasty and so quick to make. Even though I was tired after work I breezed through the cooking. Pity the photo didn't come out better. The recipe is from a treasure of a book, "Mary Berry's Complete Cookbook," published (revised & updated) in 2003. It's the kind of book I cover with plastic when I take it to the kitchen; heaven forbid if it were to get a crumb or an oil spot on it! It's an English publication, which I bought through this year. The recipes are delicious, ranging from soups through cakes, and they are in American measurements as well as the UK metric. (Some of her recipes are on UKTV as well.) Here's the recipe for my supper:

Spaghetti Alla Carbonara
Serves 4

1 lb spaghetti
salt and black pepper
6 oz diced pancetta or streaky bacon, any rinds removed
1 garlic clove, crushed
4 eggs
4 oz Parmesan cheese, grated
1/4 pint single cream (1/2 cup)
chopped parsley to garnish

Cook the spaghetti in large saucepan of boiling salted water for 8-10 minutes until just tender.
Meanwhile, put the pancetta or bacon into frying pan and heat gently for 7 minutes until the fat runs. Increase the heat and add the garlic. Cook for 2-3 minutes or until the bacon is crisp.
Break the eggs into a bowl. Add the bacon and garlic mixture, using a slotted spoon. Add the Parmesan cheese, season generously with salt and pepper, and whisk until well blended. (Don't need to add the salt - it's already salty enough from the bacon.
Drain the spaghetti and return to the hot pan. Stir in the bacon and egg mixture and toss quickly until the egg just begins to set. Stir in the cream and heat gently. Serve at once, sprinkled with parsley.

Meanwhile, I'm going to make some of the super pasta dishes in the roundups - how does one choose, there are so many delicious looking recipes!

1 comment:

Ruth Daniels said...

Now I'll have to try and find the book here in Halifax Nova Scotia!

Thanks for sharing the carbonara with Presto Pasta Nights.