My family welcomed my husband into the family many years ago when we married. He wasn’t the first person of Chinese descent to marry into my paternal side of the family. But we didn’t have any Italian on that side. About five years ago my cousin Andrew married Luciano. I want to give you the back story, but I would be here awhile. Suffice it to say, it is a beautiful love story and “Luc” (pronounced “Looch“) has brought so many wonderful things into our lives. This recipe is one of them. It is the best pasta dish my husband and I have ever eaten:
- 1 pkg pancetta (or 1/2 package bacon, depending)
- 2 eggs
- Pasta (it’s better to get spaghetti or fettucine)
- Parmesan to taste (buy the good stuff)
Boil water and cook the pasta according to directions on the package. In the mean time, pan-fry the pancetta or the bacon. Beat the two eggs (with whites and all).
When the pasta is cooked, drain it. Quickly put it back in the saucepan (large is preferred). Chuck in the pancetta. Turn the stove back on and put the pasta back on the fire. Then quickly add the egg and STIR thoroughly, making sure the egg spreads evenly. Don’t cook it too long… You don’t want the egg to become golden or anything… It needs to be yellow and creamy.
Take off stove and serve with Parmesan.
My husband and I have made this all different ways, gluten and dairy free included. Every time it’s amazing — there are no leftovers. I think the kind of pancetta you use is important. I don’t like the cubed pancetta at all. I like the thinly sliced stuff. And bacon works just fine, but I’m not Italian. I say a half-package of bacon because that’s enough for two people. Also, if you don’t have Parmesan, you won’t miss it. Recently, I bought a very hard Parmesan cheese and decided to see if my system could tolerate it in this recipe (everyone kept telling me that hard cheeses are easier to digest). Good news: I tolerated a little without a problem (my body is healing!). Bad news: It added nothing to the dish and my husband requested that I omit the Parm in the future.