how i made spaghetti carbonara lastnight

2 cups of unbleached flour, teaspoon of salt and 3 eggs. Using a fork, gently incorporate the flour into the egg mixture a little at a time. This will make a pound of pasta.

use your fingertips to blend the mixture together well

Knead the pasta dough. Pushing down and away from you with the palm of your hand. Turn the dough, fold the dough over on itself and push down and away again. Continue this until the dough is smooth, about 7 minutes.

Cut the dough into 3 equal sections. Form each section into a ball. Cover the dough balls with a bowl or towel.

Flatten the dough out with a rolling pin

After rolling the dough out to the desired thickness, it’s time to cut the dough into pasta. You can fold the rolled dough into a square. I did 2 folds and then cut the open end of the square.

Immediately, unroll the pasta and lay flat. I used a drying rack of sorts while I prepared the rest of the meal. I would suggest cutting them thinner than I did in the picture above, I had to go back as they were almost done cooking and re-cut them in halves.

Dice 8 slices of bacon and throw in a large skillet and cook until slightly crispy. remove and drain onto paper towels.

Reserve 2 tablespoons of bacon fat; add remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil, and heat in reused large skillet. Add 1 chopped onion, and cook over medium heat until onion is translucent. Add 1 glove of minced garlic, and cook 1 minute more. I added mushrooms because they are super delicious.

Throw the pasta in salted boiling water and cook until al dente. When finished drain and set aside with olive oil. Do not rinse.

Return cooked bacon to pan; add cooked and drained spaghetti. Toss to coat and heat through, adding more olive oil if it seems dry or is sticking together.

Add 4 beaten eggs and cook, tossing constantly with tongs or large fork until eggs are barely set. Quickly add 1/2 cup fresh Parmesan cheese, and toss again.

Voilà! Serve immediately with chopped parsley sprinkled on top, and extra Parmesan cheese at table. I believe next time I try this I will add tomatoes because it turned out pretty dry. I added more olive oil to my plate later on which helped. but next time definitely tomatoes for the juiciness.


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