I used to cook carbonara using Jamie Oliver's recipe. I roughly remember how, but I wanted to be sure so I tried to search for it. But I can't find it! Dang! So instead, I browsed around a few other websites, and decided to just make up my own.
And you know what? I like my version, so much so I'd like to write it down for my future reference.
|Carbonara and a cup of decaf|
- Two slices of streaky bacon
- Two cloves of garlic
- A handful of baby spinach
- An egg
- Mixture of parmesan, cheddar, mozarella and feta cheese
- A tablespoon of cooking cream
- Pasta of your choice
- Separate egg white and yolk.
- Add the cheese mixture and cream into the egg white.
- Dice the bacon and mince the garlic.
- Cook the pasta as per instructed on the packet and fry the bacon.
- As the oil from streaky bacon ooze out, add the garlic into the pan.
- At the last minute of your pasta cooking, add the spinach (you do not want to overcook them, so one minute is just nice)
- Drain the water from your pasta and spinach, keep some pasta water.
- Add the pasta and spinach into the pan, stir them well so the pasta would soak the delicious bacon oil.
- Take the pan off the heat.
- Slowly pour the egg white and cheese mixture in and stir them well. (If you think it's too thick, you can add a little pasta water you keep, I usually don't)
- Serve the pasta in a plate, make a small hole in the middle and place the egg yolk.
- Stir the pasta and egg yolk well before you eat, the heat from the pasta will cook the egg.
I really like how creamy this pasta is. Besides, a plate of good carbonara and coffee for lunch, makes it feel like I'm having a luxury me time in a cafe! (Even though I'm just really rushing off to cook myself a meal when baby is sleeping!)