Pasta Time! A Deconstructed Carbonara Recipe

Nov 28, 2012 4:01 pm

Taking apart this Italian dinner staple

Photo: Christopher Hirsheimer and Melissa Hamilton
Photo: Christopher Hirsheimer and Melissa Hamilton
This deconstructed carbonara can be prepared quickly, without losing its customary rich flavor.

When we are short on time and need only a few small sheets of pasta, we use packaged fresh. Don’t think we’re slackers not to make our own — the packaged is just right for a quick dish like this one.

Servings: 2 servings


1 cup diced pancetta
2 tablespoons butter
splash of vinegar
4 eggs
4 sheets fresh pasta (about 4 inches long)
shaved pecorino
  1. Cook the pancetta in a medium skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until browned and crisp, 8–10 minutes.
  2. Add the butter to the skillet and keep warm over the lowest heat. Bring a medium saucepan of salted water to a boil over high heat.
  3. Add the vinegar and reduce the heat to medium-low to maintain a gentle simmer.
  4. Crack the eggs into 4 small cups. Give the water a good circular stir, then tip 1 egg at a time into the center of the swirling water. Simmer the eggs until the whites are white and the yolks remain soft, about 3 minutes. Transfer the eggs with a slotted spoon to a clean dishcloth to drain.
  5. Cook the sheets of pasta in a medium pot of salted boiling water over medium-high heat until just tender, 2–3 minutes. Using a slotted spatula, divide the pasta between 2 warm plates, letting most of the water drain off before spreading the sheets out on the plates.
  6. Put 2 poached eggs on top of the pasta on each plate, then spoon the pancetta and butter over the top of each. Season with a little salt and lots of pepper. Serve with shaved pecorino.

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