Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Pasta Carbonara

Monday late afternoon was overcast and really pretty cool, a great day to be out in the back yard watching the birds and seeing the sights, while drinking a glass of Albariño.

First Trumpet Vine of the Year
Brown Dog is just back from a big explore
My very first batch of pancetta (pancetta tesa, flat pancetta) was ready to sample and what better way to showcase pancetta than in pasta carbonara? I know it is traditionally made with spaghetti, but can I just say that spaghetti is not my favorite cut? I like a pasta with more bite and the linguine that you see below and all over the floor when it escaped from Ann is about as thin a cut as I like.
World's Simplest Pasta: eggs, cheese, pancetta
What to drink with carbonara? I would drink Brunello if I could afford it, but I cannot, so the next best thing is Rosso di Montalcino, baby Brunello.
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Linguine alla Carbonara
And the verdict on my pancetta? The best I've ever eaten and it cost me less than half the price of buying it already made. I don't think I'll ever be going back to commercial pancetta.

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