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I actually meant to post this for [livejournal.com profile] rionaleonhart a while ago, and as I've just made and am consuming it for the first time since I arrived in Cambridge I may as well, given that I am supposed to be doing an essay.

Please note:  Quantities here are pretty approximate; I learned this through a combination of watching my mother and trial and error. Also, while some things do need exact quantities of everything this doesn't seem to be one of them. Be individual!

Carbonara

feeds ten people, or one MAN. by which I mean, serves one



Ingredients:

- ~125g pasta (about a quarter of a 500g pack, in other words). Spaghetti is traditional, but about anything will work.
- one or two eggs
- parmesan cheese, grated
- salt
- pepper
- single or double cream (optional)
- bacon, or pancetta cubes. If using bacon, one or two rashers; if using cubes, they come in handy little boxes of which you should use one.

Method:

- Sanitation is manly! WASH YOUR HANDS!
-  Cook the pasta. I'm going to work on the assumption that you know how to do that; if you can't, Google it. 
- In a large  bowl, beat the eggs; add salt, pepper and grated parmesan to taste, and the cream if using.
- Heat the bacon in a frying pan (or wok, if you like) with a little oil.
- Add the cooked pasta to the beaten eggs mixture. Mix well.
- Add pasta-and-beaten-eggs-and-other-stuff mixture to the bacon pan and cook until the egg is set, stirring constantly to make sure you don't end up with a giant pasta-and-bacon omelette. Unless you want a giant pasta-and-bacon omelette. I guess that would be pretty cool.
- Serve. Enjoy. Unless you've had a really bad day or you don't like bacon or you're allergic to eggs or something. In the latter two cases, though, I'm not really sure why you're making this in the first place. 

Yes! Good? I'm told that it tastes okay without the bacon, so vegetarians are free to omit that; I'm afraid vegans are pretty much screwed, though. (Pescatarians can use smoked salmon instead, maybe? I've never tried it, but I can't see why not.)

Date: 2009-10-30 08:14 pm (UTC)
rionaleonhart: final fantasy x-2: the sun is rising, yuna looks to the future. (I APPROVE)
From: [personal profile] rionaleonhart
I am grateful for the recipe! (Also amused by your 'my stomach is the tardis' tag.) Thank you!

Date: 2009-10-31 10:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] reipan.livejournal.com
You're welcome! Now EAT PROPERLY.

Date: 2009-10-30 08:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hippyjolteon.livejournal.com
I will be making this with BACON-STYLE QUORN! Because we all know that QUORN and STYLE are MANLY!

Date: 2009-10-31 10:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] reipan.livejournal.com
Miss Naus, if you substitute sliced courgettes for the bacon, add green pesto, omit the eggs and make the cream obligatory then this is the same thing I made for you the last time you came over =3

Date: 2009-10-31 11:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hippyjolteon.livejournal.com
Fabulous! :D~ I have some spaghetti in the larder and I might whip this up for my friends who are coming over to tell spooky stories this evening. HOSTESS WITH THE MOSTESS.

Date: 2009-10-30 08:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] resurgamlaura.livejournal.com
This is pretty much how we do it. Tis awesome times.

If you're a veggie, I imagine using different combinations of cheeses (which I do anyway - a harder parmesan and a slightly softer, milkier but saltier variety whose name I can't remember) for flavour might work, as well as beefing up the pepper and maybe playing with parsley.

A thrifty trick for an omnivore is to buy some boiling ham (gammon, whatever), which you can then cook and proceed to eat in a variety of ways - sliced with veg, in salad, stir fried, in sandwiches, freeze the rest for later - and with the leftover slices, cube it and use it for this. It has a strong flavour which works well, and although not bacon per se, has a similar taste and yeah, its fairly economical considering.

Date: 2009-10-31 10:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] reipan.livejournal.com
Student Rei approves!

Date: 2009-10-31 05:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] resurgamlaura.livejournal.com
Woo! Well, a joint of boiling bacon (that's the right name!) will feed three of us by various means for about three days (not including the dog!) so if you freezed half and ate the rest over a few days you'd be sorted.

Italian recipes and variants upon them are brilliant for when you're a student, damn you and your knowledge XD

Date: 2009-10-30 09:11 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] megamole.livejournal.com
AFAICT, this is almost canonical carbonara.

Date: 2009-10-31 08:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flannelcat.livejournal.com
In lieu of actual comment, but desire to recognise the yum, I shall just say -

OM NOM NOM NOM NOM

Date: 2009-10-31 04:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] theviciouspixie.livejournal.com
Smoked salmon instead of bacon works. Fact.

Date: 2009-11-04 11:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nikobelia.livejournal.com
I TOTALLY FOUND YOU ON THE INTERNET


FEAR MY STALKING SKILLZZZ

Date: 2009-11-04 01:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] reipan.livejournal.com
HUZZAH

I SHOULD TOTALLY BE WORKING

Date: 2009-11-04 01:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nikobelia.livejournal.com
IS YOUR ICON CALCIFER FROM THE HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE FILM?

BECAUSE THAT IS PRETTY AMAZING IF SO. IN FACT EVEN IF IT ISN'T IT'S AWESOME.

... I totally worked today. In between sleeping and writing. For at least 5 minutes! (Also my NaNo is now 3000~ words long yay :>)

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