Made in Greenwich

Spicy Carbonara

An Italian classic, easy to make, delicious and with a nice kick…

  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil or unsalted butter
  • 4 rashers smoked streaky bacon
  • 1 garlic clove, minced (optional)
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 75g freshly grated parmesan
  • 1 teaspoon Full Moon (or more...)
  • 200g spaghetti (or bucatini or fettuccine)
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Put a large pot of salted water on to boil
  • While the water is coming to a boil, heat the olive oil in a large pan over medium heat.
  • Add the bacon and cook slowly until crispy. Add the garlic (if using) and cook another minute, then turn off the heat and put the baconĀ and garlic into a large bowl.
  • In a small bowl, beat the eggs with the Full Moon and mix in about three quarters of the cheese.
  • Once the water has reached a rolling boil, add the dry pasta, and cook, uncovered, at a rolling boil.When the pasta is al dente, use tongs to move it to the bowl with the bacon and garlic. Let it be dripping wet. Reserve some of the pasta water.
  • Move the pasta from the pot to the bowl quickly, as you want the pasta to be hot. It's the heat of the pasta that will heat the eggs sufficiently to create a creamy sauce.
  • Toss everything to combine, allowing the pasta to cool just enough so that it doesn't make the eggs curdle when you mix them in. (That's the tricky part.)
  • Add the beaten eggs with cheese and toss quickly to combine once more. Add salt to taste. Add some pasta water back to the pasta to keep it from drying out (if needed).
  • Serve at once with the rest of the parmesan and freshly ground black pepper.