Thursday, January 06, 2011
Elizabeth Zelvin's Pasta Carbonara
I remember picking up a bookmark announcing Elizabeth Zelvin's titles Death Will Help You Leave Him and Death Will Get You Sober at a conference and thinking those were the among the funniest titles I'd ever seen. The books measure up as well and this clever author joins us today to Warm Up with Pasta Carbonara.-AA
1 lb pasta
1 egg, beaten
6 strips bacon
cayenne pepper (and there’s your “spicy”)
Cook the pasta in generously salted water until it’s al dente. Drain the pasta and put it in a bowl that’s big enough for easy tossing.
Now, here’s the fun part: Pour the beaten egg into the hot pasta and toss until the hot pasta cooks the egg. (It’s like egg drop soup with pasta instead of soup.)
Add and toss the bacon bits. If your arteries can stand it, you can enhance the flavor with a teeny bit of the bacon fat, since you’re not using oil or butter in this dish.
Add garlic and cayenne to taste. I like the cayenne to add a soupçon of zinginess.
The trick is to do the whole thing very quickly, so the pasta is hot enough to cook the egg. And it is yummy.