Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Reward Supper

Bacon Carbonara Pasta

Ralph works so hard. I really admire that about him, and I'm not the only one. He is responsible and capable and efficient. And he recently got through a day that he's been preparing for for AGES. So I wanted to reward him. His favourite food in the whole world is his mom's bacon carbonara pasta. I decided to make this for him, as he deserves to celebrate!

It's a very comforting, homey meal. You make it in three parts, then bring it all together. It doesn't take too long (except chopping the onions- get one of those chopper things!), and it's a lovely supper.

Bacon Carbonara

500g spaghetti (or as much as is needed)
30 ml butter
3 onions, finely diced
250g streaky bacon, cut into small pieces
20 ml white wine
3 eggs
125 ml grated Parmesan cheese
freshly ground black pepper

1) Put a pot of water on for the spaghetti. As soon as it boils, add and cook the spaghetti until al dente, drain and put it back in the pot. This can be done at the same time as the sauce is cooked.
2) Melt the butter in a pan, and add the onions and bacon. Fry until the onions are nice and soft.
3) Add the wine and cook to reduce. It should look like this:

4) While it's cooking, beat the eggs and add the Parmesan. The mixture gets quite thick, and looks like this:

4) Add the bacon and onion sauce to the spaghetti, then add the egg and Parmesan mixture. Mix through. Place over a very low heat to heat up. If the heat is too high, the sauce will curdle.
5) Season with pepper and serve.

This went down very well. I would buy actual Parmesan and grate it, as the already grated packets we bought made the sauce taste a little strange.

The pasta made a delicious supper, and I don't tend to like onions. All in all it's quite simple to make, and gorgeous to eat- those are the requirements!

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