Preparation time: 15 minCooking time: 10 min
Persons: 4Difficulty: Very LowCost: Low
There are many theories about the origin of the Spaghetti Carbonara and how this world-renowned dish made its way to the Lazio region where it has been a culinary landmark for as long as their proud inhabitants, the Romans, can remember. The female form of the word 'carbonaro', meaning carchoal burner, refers to the way of saying cooking 'alla maniera carbonara' or, cooking in the style of the charcoal burners. This expression gave way to the theory that the Spaghetti Carbonara were first introduced by miners from Umbria who came to sell charcoal to the Romans in the nineteenth century. The prevalence of fresh cracked pepper flakes in the Spaghetti Carbonara is said to represent the coal dust that would drop from the jackets of the coal miners into the pans as the dish was being cooked eventhough today that red pepper has been confused for ground pepper just as easily. At least, finally the secret of why in some parts of the United States people refer to this creamy and hearty pasta dish as Coal Miner's Spaghetti has been revealed and true or false there is nothing like a good plate of Spaghetti Carbonara to get you through a rough day!
For a less caloric version of this Spaghetti Carbonara recipe try frying the diced bacon in its own fat without adding the 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
For a less caloric version you can also use diced ham instead of bacon.
The beaten eggs should never be combined with the pasta on the stove, as this would cause the cooking of the eggs and result in a pancake effect. In fact, the drained spaghetti past must be joined immediately in the cold mixing bowl with the egg, bacon and cheese cream. The cooked spaghetti will contain enough heat to keep them from cooling. Serve immediately after dressing.
The original Spaghetti Carbonara recipe does not require the use of cream but you can add some to the fried bacon just before turning off the heat if you desire a more creamy carbonara sauce. Pour the creamy ham into the mixture bowl when draining the spaghetti just like the recipe prescribes.