Thursday, February 16, 2012

Mario Batali's Spaghetti alla Carbonara

As I've become more and more interested in food, it occurs to me there are many recipes I have never tried because I'm intimidated.

Among them: carpaccio, southern fried chicken, and today's recipe for Spaghetti alla Carbonara.

The first time I ever had this was over 20 years ago at a dinner party and I remember how much I loved it - however, I never tried making it myself because I always worried it was too complicated - which, as it turns out, couldn't have been further from the truth. This dish was not only as delicious as I remember, it was super quick and easy to put together!

In the spirit of that, I want to go out on some culinary limbs this year and plan to feature - and try - recipes from well known chefs that have always seemed out of reach. A few chefs that I have in mind are Rick Bayless, Laura Calder,  and today's featured chef, Mario Batali's Spaghetti alla Carbonara.

The recipe comes with the option of creating your own un-smoked Italian bacon called Guanciale which is made with pig jowls. Though I used store bought bacon this time, I don't believe I will have stretched my culinary ability adequately until I actually make my own Guanciale.

Next time.

Regardless, the end result was a silky, gorgeous, pasta dish that I would be proud to serve to anyone.

Have you cooked a dish lately that challenged you and turned out great?

If so, I would love to hear about it.

Perhaps I will put it on my rotation of dishes to try.

It's all about learning, growing, and experiencing new things!

Happy Thursday everyone!


  1. You did a wonderful looks fantastic!

  2. Looks delicious Lyndsay! Tyson made me home made linguine with alfredo sauce for Valentine's Day-I was always too nervous to try carbonara for some reason, so thanks for the post! :)

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