Sometimes you just want a good carbonara.
Is this not the perfect Friday night meal? I think so. With today being the start of Winter, I felt it would be the perfect time to share this warming, comforting pasta dish with you. I really adore this recipe. It's just so satisfying. It almost makes me want to jump on the couch and fist pump. Sorry, I had to go there...
Tom Cruise's Spaghetti Carbonara recipe link.
*Alterations I make to this recipe: you'll note Tom's recipe calls for "two packets of pasta". Right. What? So I simply use the amount I always cook for Ben and I (I was halving the recipe and cooking for just us two), which is 220-250g uncooked pasta. I use ~1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil and find it to be perfectly adequate. I use lean bacon, and it still works well. Yes bacon fat would be amazing in this dish, but as a rule I just don't eat such fatty meat. I double the quantity of garlic, because you all know I'm addicted to those beautiful bulbs. And lastly, I make sure to use a good quality parmesan cheese - it makes all the difference.