When I went to Rome, I already had an extensive bucket list of things I absolutely had to do before I left. A LOT of these items came from things I read in books, watched in movies– like making a wish at the Trevi Fountain — but some of them I discovered for myself while in Italy. As you’re walking through Rome’s center, you have surreptitiously become a time traveler–you’re surrounded by centuries of history. Your senses are tantalized by the rich smells of ovens baking fresh pizzas every minute, and freshly cut pastas topped with savory sauces, meats and cheese. Cooking methods spanning hundreds of years to perfect foods you crave are all around you. Chances are, you are already an Italian food lover and consume a lot of pizza or spaghetti! Imagine cooking and eating authentic Italian food? This recipe is the quickest way to transport yourself to ancient Italy… I like to think of it as a food that transcends socioeconomic status as it is cheap to make but tastes 5-star!
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- 6 Extra Large Eggs
- 400g Spaghetti
- 12 Strips of Pancetta or Bacon (cut into 1 -inch pieces-preferably THICK cut)
- 1 cup Parmesan Cheese (or Pecorino cheese)
- 2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Dash of Salt (to taste)
- 1 tbsp Pepper (to taste)
- First, start cooking your pasta to al dente, add a tbsp of extra virgin olive oil to keep the pasta from sticking.
- While the pasta is cooking, start frying your pancetta or bacon to a crunchy crisp with the remaining extra virgin olive oil – as well done as you like!
- While the bacon and pasta are cooking, crack & beat all 6 eggs into a large mixing bowl (big enough to hold ALL ingredients!)
- Add ½ cup of the Parmesan cheese, dash of salt and 1 tbsp of pepper into the egg mixture and stir well.
- Add the bacon immediately as it’s done WITH all the bacon oil in it–the oil and hot bacon work to cook the uncooked egg mixture.
- Once the pasta is done–try and time it with the bacon, drain it but leave a TINY bit of water (maybe 1 tbsp–eyeball it)
- While the pasta is STEAMING hot add it directly to the uncooked egg mixture in the large mixing bowl. The pasta will COOK the egg in the steam!
- Mix it all up, grind more pepper and add salt as you please.
- Serve piping hot and with a generous sprinkle of parmesan on top!