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Browned Butter Pasta Carbonara

Created by Julie Van Rosendaal

Browned Butter Pasta Carbonara

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  • 1 lb dry spaghetti, fettuccine or other pasta
  • 1/2 lb bacon, chopped
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled and crushed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 - 3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus extra for serving
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste

How to Make It

In a large pot of salted water, cook the pasta according to the package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook the bacon until crisp. Transfer to a bowl and pour off the excess bacon fat.

Add the butter to the pan and cook until it melts and then starts turning golden. In a small bowl, beat the eggs lightly with a fork, and stir in the grated Parmesan. Transfer the pasta with tongs, so that you get a bit of the starchy water, to the skillet. Turn off the heat and add the egg-cheese mixture to the pasta; toss to combine, allowing the heat of the pasta to cook the sauce, adding a bit more of the starchy water if you’d like it saucier. Return the bacon to the pasta, add a good grinding of pepper, and serve with extra Parmesan grated on top

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