1. Pasta bends slightly while it dries.
2. Long, bent pasta is hard to contain without breaking.
I couldn’t see the read-out if I placed a pan on the scale. It seems my trifle dish isn’t a unitasker afterall! This could be a creative, abstract centerpiece, too. *snicker*
Moral of the story is: fresh pasta is amazing, but this carbonara is great with store-bought pasta, too. :)
4 large eggs
2/3 c shredded Parmesan cheese
1/3 c shredded Pecorino Romano cheese
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
4 ounces thinly sliced pancetta (or bacon), finely chopped
12 ounces egg fettucine
1 medium bunch broccoli rabe (baby broccoli), cut into 1/2-inch pieces.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, both cheeses, garlic, and pepper; set aside. Cook pancetta in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until crisp, about 7-10 minutes. Remove cooked pancetta from skillet with a slotted spoon and set aside. Discard drippings.
In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook the pasta until almost tender (about 3 minutes less than package directions); at this point add the broccoli rabe to the pot. Cook just until broccoli rabe is crisp-tender and pasta is tender, about 3 more minutes. Drain pasta broccoli rabe mixture, reserving 1/2 c cooking liquid.
Return hot pasta-broccoli rabe mixture to the pot (off the heat). Immediately add the egg-cheese mixture, pancetta, and 1/4 c hot cooking liquid; toss to combine, adding more cooking liquid by spoonfuls to moisten as needed. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.
1. If you're worried about the eggs not cooking through you can either use pasteurized eggs or return the pot to the stove over low heat and stir constantly while you add the ingredients to the hot pasta.
2. The original recipe called for 4 additional eggs, to be fried in the pancetta drippings and placed over each serving of pasta. I took this to a potluck and thought the eggs might be too risky. I'm not a fan of runny yolks anyway, but if anyone tries it like that, I'd like to know what you think!
3. You could use regular broccoli if you can't find broccoli rabe.
adapted from Bon Appetit January 2009