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Monday, February 8, 2010

Pasta Carbonara - fast version


yeah i know. no bacon or pancetta. giada is pissssssed. roommate was not a fan of the peas, they weren't mushy enough for her. me, i dug the color and the bite they still had.

Pasta Carbonara

angel hair spaghetti or whatever noodle pasta you like, cooked just shy of al dente
onions, diced
garlic, diced
mushrooms, any will do, i used shiitake
handful of frozen peas
2 eggs to mix, plus 2 to poach and leave on top
olive oil
freshly shaved Parmesan cheese
some pasta water

while the pasta is boiling in a pot, sautee the onions and garlic in some olive oil until fragrant and onions are translucent in a pan, season with salt/pepper. add in the mushrooms and cook thru. transfer the just shy of al dente pasta to the pan and toss to coat well with the olive oil, mushrooms, onions and garlic. add a ladle of pasta water if needed to keep the mixture moist. throw in peas to give it time to thaw properly. remove pan from heat. poach two eggs in the pasta water.

meanwhile, in a bowl crack the two eggs, add cheese and whisk well. working quickly, pour the egg over the pasta and mix thru. plate up with the poached egg on top. sprinkle with more cheese if you want. done.