Friday, July 08, 2005

Spaghetti alla Carbonara

Spaghetti alla Carbonara(Adapted from EW)

1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
3 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper
3 large eggs
3/4 cup chicken broth
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
12 ounces whole-wheat spaghetti
8 ounces broccolini, about 2 1/2 cups, stem ends trimmed, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan

Put a large pot of water on to boil for cooking pasta. Also bring about 1 inch of water to a gentle simmer in the bottom of a double boiler.

Heat oil in a medium nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add prosciutto and cook, stirring often, until heated through, about 2 minutes. Add garlic and crushed red pepper; cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Remove from heat.

Whisk eggs, broth and pepper in the top of the double boiler to combine. Set over the simmering water in the bottom of the double boiler and cook, whisking constantly in a slow, steady, figure-eight motion, until the sauce steams and thickens enough to coat a metal spoon, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove the top pan from the heat and whisk the sauce rapidly so it does not continue to curdle.

Meanwhile, cook pasta in the boiling water, stirring often, for 5 minutes. Drop in broccolini and cook until the pasta is tender but firm, 4 to 6 minutes more. Drain and place in a large bowl. Add the egg sauce, the prosciutto mixture and cheese; toss to coat well.

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