April 05, 2011

Spaghetti with Bacon and Eggs

Spaghetti with Bacon and Eggs


Our Version


Our version is bacon rendered with extra virgin olive oil and then removed from the pan. Garlic. Shallot. White Wine. Pasta water.

I insist you lean over the pan, as things gently bubble. Wave your hand gently, wafting the perfumed steam up to your waiting nose. Close your eyes and inhale.

The eggs are beaten with salt, pepper and a touch of whole milk. Grated Parmesan (a ramekins-worth). A bit of chopped parsley.

Roberto pulls the pasta directly from the pot into the pan. His work begins. Steadily coating each strand. A touch more pasta water and then the eggs. Parmesan (first half—then the rest). Bacon. Parsley. Black pepper.

Nested into bowls. Even distribution of bacon. A pinch more parsley. A turn or two (or three) more of black pepper.


Eating Spaghetti with Bacon and Eggs


"There's a few strands more in the pan." He said.

Our bodies hunched over. Barely chewing.

Fork in one hand. Green onion in the other. I look over to see Roberto twirling his last strands.

"Get some more." I said.

"I'll wait for you." He said.

"I'm trying to chew." I said.

"It's hard." He said.

I twirl the last strands.


  1. Beautiful process. You describe it so well.

  2. you have a magic way of turning dialogue into recipes!

  3. Absolutely lovely. I am a fan of anyone who takes liberties with the carbornara recipe so long as they don't call it carbornara--you made it, give it your own name! This looks like heaven.

    I have a question for you--if you were to have leftovers from this, would you reheat them? We try to not have leftovers of carbornara because of the reheating issue (or potential issue) but if it's possible, then maybe the next time we make it we don't have to eat all of the pasta in one sitting, you know?

  4. Oh how splendid, Tracy. Homey yet special at the same time. Kudos to you for "even distribution" of the bacon. I don't know if I'd have that much generosity in my heart. :-)

  5. beautifully coated strands! I would want spring green onions with mine, too.

  6. Yum. I rocked a recipe like this on my blog recently, too. Spaghetti is totally a breakfast food, or bacon and eggs are a dinner food. Why not? It's great.


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