Spaghetti a la Carbonara
Serves 2 people
Serves 2 people
250g (1/2 lb) spaghetti
1 tbsp olive oil
125g (4 oz) bacon, chopped
1 tsp minced garlic
1 cup dry white wine
4 spring onions, chopped
2 eggs, at room temperature
50g (about 1/3 cup) grated Parmesan cheese
salt & freshly ground black pepper to taste
a handful of French chives
1. Bring salted water to the boil in a medium-sized pot. Add spaghetti, lower heat and simmer for 8 - 10 minutes, until cooked to your liking.
2. In a separate frying pan, cook bacon over high heat in the olive oil until crispy. This should take about 3 - 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook for just a minute more to release the flavours, then immediately add 1/2 cup of white wine. Cook over medium-high heat until all the liquid has evaporated (another about 5 minutes).
3. Add the spring onions to the bacon, together with the rest of the white wine (1/2 cup). Lower heat and simmer until most of the liquid has evaporated.
4. Meanwhile, break the eggs into a big bowl, whisk lightly. Add Parmesan and whisk again to combine.
5. By this time both the bacon and spaghetti should be done. Working quickly, drain your spaghetti (but reserve about 1/2 cup of the cooking liquid) and immediately add to the eggs. Stir fast for a minute or two until the sauce thickens. Add bacon as well as the reserved cooking liquid to loosen the pasta. Snip a handful of french chives into the pasta, season with a little bit of salt and lots of black pepper and serve immediately. Serve with crusty rolls and a bottle of good wine and it's heaven