July 27, 2008

The Result: Spaghetti alla Carbonara

The husband actually cooked dinner tonight! He wanted to see how easy it was to follow one of my recipes. He did extremely well and the end result tasted very close to mine. He followed the Carbonara recipe/instructions step by step, but he did have to make some adjustments as he cooked. He did want me to note a few things that would make the process go a little smoother for the first-time cook making this dish.
  1. Get all your prep work done first, because once you start cooking the recipe comes together very quickly.
  2. Read through the ingredients and directions thoroughly before you start cooking; this will give you an idea of how the steps flow together.
  3. Add about 1 1/4 cup of cheese with the egg mixture. Also, grate an additional 1/4 cup of cheese for garnish.
  4. Use 5-6 strips of bacon, diced.
  5. Use 1 finely minced clove of garlic; add it when the onions are softening and do not burn.
  6. Make sure you use plenty of salt. Salt the pasta water generously, and use a little more than the recommended amount in the recipe.
  7. Use about 3 to 4 ladles of pasta water to get the right sauce consistency.
  8. Garnish each portion with a little more cheese and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil over the top.

It was nice to have the husband cook for me, and I really liked the hands-on feedback that I would not have gotten, normally.

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