This was the fastest DDC meal yet! We clocked this delicious meal at 9 minutes, not including bringing the water up to a boil. It was the last 10 mins of Return of the Jedi, I got the water going and as the Skywalker's reunited, I was boiling egg noodles. Over the weekend, I picked up; noodles, grains, honey, meats & veg from a fabulous farm just down the road. Time was tight but that's what carbonara is for!
Ingredients: for the carbonara
- 2 small bags of egg noodles
- 4 eggs, gently mixed in a bowl
- 8 slices of bacon
- 1 cup reserved pasta water
- 1/2 cup of pecorino romano (not local)
- salt & pepper
for the broccoli
- Pre-heat broiler & place rack in 2nd slot from the top
- 1 head of broccoli, broken into large florets
- generous drizzle of olive oil (not local)
- salt & pepper
- In a large stockpot, bring your pasta water up to a boil, salt the water & cook the noodles according to the directions
- REMEMBER: save a cup of the pasta water before you drain the noodles!!!
- In a large sauté pan, align your bacon strips and heat to medium/high
- While the noodles boil & the bacon cooks, grate a 1/2 cup of pecorino romano
- And cost the broccoli in olive oil, s&p and get it under the broiler (will roast 5-7 mins)
- The sprint is almost over!
- Mix the eggs in a seperate bowl, add the cheese and whisk in the warm pasta water (this helps the tempering process)
- When the bacon is done, remove the strips from the pan & chop them up, add the cooked noodles into the bacon fat pan, toss to coat
- While the noodles are still warm, add the eggy, cheesy, pasta water, toss the noodles with tongs. The noodles will absorb all of the rendered fat & eggy liquid
- Pull the broccoli out of the oven before it burns to a crisp, plate it up & dig in!
We craved a robust red wine to go with this meal, so I grabbed a bottle of Serpent Ridge Vineyard Cab Sav/Franc. Serpent Ridge is located in Westminster, Maryland and makes a wide variety of delicious reds. As you can see - I was a double fisted drinker that evening. The dinner was equally yummy paired with my husband's homebrewed Dortmunder. The lemony beer cut right through the egg noodles for a clean finish.