Thursday, October 22, 2009

Pasta with Eggs and Bacon

This recipe was on the Today show the other day. My father in law thought it looked interesting and sent me the link. I decided to give it a try, I needed a quick and easy dinner for my daughter and me. I cut the recipe in half and made a few adjustments.

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more for the pasta pot
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons butter
8 ounces slab or thick-cut bacon, cut in 1/2 -inch pieces
5 large eggs
1 batch (1 1/2 pounds) fresh cavatelli (recipe below) or 1 pound dried pasta (I used spaghetti)
2 cups shredded Fontina Val d’Aosta (I substituted an Italian blend of cheeses)


Fill the large pot with salted water (at least 6 quarts water with 1 tablespoon salt), and heat to a boil.

Pour the olive oil into the skillet, and set it over medium-high heat. Drop in the butter, let it melt, then scatter in the bacon pieces. Cook the bacon, stirring and tossing the pieces, for 5 minutes or so, until they’re crisp and caramelized. (If the bacon rendered lots of fat, you can pour off half the fat in the pan.)

Beat the eggs and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a bowl until well blended.

When the water is at a rolling boil, drop in the cavatelli, stir, and return the water to a boil. Cook the cavatelli 4 to 5 minutes, until al dente. Lift them from the pot, drain briefly and spill them into the skillet.

Over medium heat, toss the cavatelli with the bacon pieces, coating the pasta with the oil, butter and bacon fat, too. Pour the beaten eggs all over the pasta, stirring and tumbling them together; keep scraping the coagulating egg from the sides and bottom of the pan, and incorporate it in with the wet eggs. Cook for a minute or two, just until all the egg is lightly cooked and custardy and evenly scrambled into the cavatelli.

Turn off the heat, scatter the shredded Fontina over the eggs and pasta, and toss thoroughly to blend in the cheese as it melts.

Serve immediately.

Cecily loved it and ate an entire bowl, not bad for my picky girl. I, on the other hand, wasn't super impressed. The flavor was kind of bland, it was definitely lacking something. That being said, I think I would try this again, maybe using the fontina cheese that it called for and adding some other flavors. I have a great Rachael Ray recipe for Carbonara so maybe I am just spoiled by that one!


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