When I saw the delicious photo on Wendy's blog recently, it makes me want to cook it too. I like it even more after reading the recipe and discover no heavy cream is needed for the sauce, just eggs and cheese. As I was at the gym which is located in a shopping mall, I hopped into the supermart to get some bacon and chinese parsley for this dish. I have some basil growing in a pot so shredded some to toss in as well for added fragrance.
Here's the recipe if you want to try it, adapted by Wendy from The Pioneer Woman
170gm spaghetti (1 used fettuccine)
100gm streaky bacon, cut small
1 small onion, about 50gm unpeeled weight, coarsely chopped
4 cloves garlic, sliced (I used 3 cloves)
1 cup water
½ tsp salt
2 slices cheddar cheese, chopped
2 Tbsp cheese powder/finely grated parmesan
Handful of chopped parsley
1. Put bacon in a frying pan and cook on medium low heat until golden. The bacon will release a lot of oil. Remove bacon from the oil.
2. Put in chopped onions into the pan (still with the oil) and sauté until soft, add sliced garlic and sauté until golden. Drain the onions/garlic and put aside.
3. Pour away the oil and heat the pan until hot again and put in water. Bring the water to a boil and put in 2/3 of the bacon and all the fried onions+garlic. Season with salt (has to be slightly oversalted) Simmer on medium heat for 3 minutes. (You can do this step in advance while waiting for dinner time)
4. Bring a pot of water to boil,.
5. While waiting for the water to boil, mix eggs, chopped cheese slices, cheese powder, black pepper and parsley together.
6. When water had boiled, cook spaghetti according to instructions on packaging. (better bring the bacon gravy back to boil now and keep it warm on low heat)
7. Pour everything from the pot into a colander and drain well. Quickly pour the very hot spaghetti into the egg mixture. Pour in the hot bacon sauce and toss everything. It’ll look soupy initially. Add the remaining 1/3 of crispy fried bacon.
8. Leave the pasta in the bowl for 10 minutes, to allow the sauce to thicken and coat the pasta well.
Enjoy this Carbonara Fettuccine hot! Yumms!