I don’t know why this is, or when it started, but every New Year’s eve, I make a heap of spaghetti carbonara. It is easy, and it is good [not so good for you, but this is New Year’s eve – time to go to hell with yourself.]
There are tons of recipes out there. But mine is the best. I have honed it. I tried Jamie Oliver’s [the Naked chef] recipe. But. Mine is the best.
Here it is. It is not too exacting in the measurements.
Michele’s spaghetti carbonara:
A pound of spaghetti. [it works best with spaghetti]
Half a package of bacon – or more if you like. [you can use pancetta but that is hard to find in some places. I use bacon.]
1/2 onion – diced fine.
1/4 cup parmesan or parmesan/romano cheese – the cheap, powdered kind
Fresh ground black pepper [or not]
1/2 stick of butter. [yes butter, I told you it was bad for you].
Cook the bacon – I do this in the microwave, on a paper plate, the bacon inbetween 6 pieces of paper towel. On high, about one minute per slice.
Saute the onions in the butter, on low heat.
Boil the pasta water.
In the meantime, beat the 2 eggs.
Crumble the bacon into smallish pieces [I use my hands….. don’t tell.]
Cook the spaghetti al dente. [ a little hard you don’t want a soggy mess]
Drain the spaghetti and throw it back into the pot. [Do NOT rinse it with cold water – you need it hot.]
Quick, hurry, add the eggs and stir. The eggs will cook in the hot pasta. If it does not, add the pot back over low heat for a few seconds.
Now, add the onions and butter, the bacon, the parmesan cheese, the black pepper to the pot. And some salt, to taste. Mix it up with a fork.
Dish out and serve immediately. Add more parmesan cheese and pepper to taste.
Have a nice glass of wine – or whatever….
What are your New Year’s eve traditions? [I am talking food here….]