Pasta Carbonara

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This recipe is basically bacon and eggs with pasta – the perfect comfort food. If you can’t fine guanciale, you can use pancetta. This dish is very rich, but oh so wonderful.

Fine sea salt
7 oz guanciale, cut into 1/4 inch dice
3 large egg yolks
1 cup freshly grated pecorino
3/4 cup freshly grated Grana Padano or parmigiano
Freshly ground black pepper
2 TBSP olive oil
1 lb spaghetti or whatever pasta you have on hand

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat.

In a medium bowl, whisk together egg yolks, grated cheeses, 1/3 cup water, and pepper.

In a 12 inch skillet, combine guanciale and oil; cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until browned, about 15 minutes.

About halfway through guanciale cooking time, cook pasta in the boiling water until al dente (ideally pancetta and pasta will be ready at about the same time). Reserving ¼ cup of the pasta cooking liquid, using a slotted spoon, add the pasta to guanciale and toss to combine. Remove from heat and Immediately add egg mixture and 2 tablespoons pasta cooking liquid; quickly stir to combine. Moisten with additional pasta cooking liquid, if desired. Serve immediately, passing cheese and pepper at the table.

4 – 6 servings.
12 WW PP per serving.

French Garlic Soup

It’s been raining for what seems like weeks and I’ve been fighting a bug all week so I was craving something soothing and warm and found it in Around My French Table by Dorie Greenspan. I’ve made a few changes, added only 3 egg yolks, I also double the herbs cos I figure if you got ’em use ’em. This soup is sure to cure whatever ails you with it’s garlicy goodness.

Ingredients:
1 head of garlic (about 10 cloves), thinly sliced
2 bay leaves
6 sprigs of thyme
12 sage leaves
Salt
3 cups chicken stock
3 cups water
3 egg yolks
8 oz Parmesan cheese, grated

Add garlic to a large Dutch oven, herbs, water, stock and 1 tsp salt an bring to boil. Reduce to simmer and cook for 1/2 hour.

whisk together the egg yolks and Parmesan cheese. Whisk in a couple paddles of soup and then whisk into soup. Remov from heat and serve.

Serves 6.

5 WW Points Plus