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Bump in the Beltway: "Weeknight Grub"

Thanks to Melanie from Bump it the Beltway for this great food crosspost!

This is my favorite I'm-too-tired-to-cook recipe.

Spaghetti al Carbonara

Serves 4 as a main course

5 oz pancetta

1 medium onion, finely chopped

1/4 cup dry white wine

1 lb spaghetti

3 large eggs

1 1/2 oz Parmigiano-Reggiano, finely grated (3/4 cup)

3/4 oz Pecorino Romano, finely grated (1/3 cup)

1 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper

1/4 teaspoon salt

Cut pancetta into 1/3-inch dice, then cook in a deep 12-inch heavy skillet over moderate heat, stirring, until fat begins to render, 1 to 2 minutes. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is golden, about 10 minutes. Add wine and boil until reduced by half, 1 to 2 minutes.

Cook spaghetti in a 6- to 8-quart pot of boiling salted water until al dente.

While pasta is cooking, whisk together eggs, Parmigiano-Reggiano , Pecorino Romano (1/3 cup), 1 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper, and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a small bowl.

Drain spaghetti in a colander and add to onion mixture, then toss with tongs over moderate heat until coated. Remove from heat and add egg mixture, tossing to combine. Serve immediately.

Cooks' note:

The eggs in this recipe will not be fully cooked, which may be of concern if there is a problem with salmonella in your area.

This can be made vegetarian by omitting the pancetta. I also like to replace the meat's flavor hit by adding capers or drained and rinsed marinated artichoke hearts. I have a girlfriend who keeps kosher and this is a trick I used when making this dish for her. When my herb garden begins to produce, I also like chopped fresh basil in this. This is an extremely flexible base onto which to project your own ideas. This is more of a technique than a formula.

- posted by Melanie of Bump in the Beltway

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