Gluten Free Spaghetti alla Carbonara

My senior year of high school I made fast friends with an exchange student who was from Italy. She and I had a surprising amount of things in common, even joking that we were long-lost twins. While she was here in the states, my mom asked her for an authentic Italian recipe - because how fun is it to be able to make some nearly authentic Italian cuisine?! 

Well, this Spaghetti alla Carbonara recipe is not the exact one since that one somehow got misplaced, but I know it's pretty darned close. Not only is this dish super delicious and rich, it is very quick to make. Your prep time is just about as long as it takes for the noodles to cook. I was a little weirded out by how the eggs magically turn into a creamy sauce with just the heat of the noodles, but I promise it's very good and no one got sick.

Spaghetti alla Carbonara


Ingredients:

16 ounce package Gluten Free spaghetti

3-4 eggs

1/2 cup parmesan cheese

3-4 slices cooked pancetta or thick cut bacon, crumbled

salt and pepper, to taste


Directions:

1) Cook pasta according to package directions. 

2) Meanwhile in a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, parmesan cheese, salt and pepper.

3) Once pasta is cooked, drain and add to the egg mixture. Using a fork or tongs, stir pasta with mixture, coating as evenly as possible. The heat from the pasta will "cook" the eggs, turning the mixture into a rich and creamy sauce. If you're still a little skeptical, you can put the pasta in a large skillet over medium heat for a couple minutes. This will remove some of the creaminess from the sauce though.

4) Once pasta is coated, add bacon and toss to combine.

5) Serve warm and top with additional parmesan, if desired.

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