Springtime Spaghetti Carbonara
- 2 Tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
- 1 cup Diced pancetta
- 1 cup Finely diced sweet onions
- 12 Asparagus bottom third discarded and sliced into 2” pieces
- 2 Eggs
- 1 pkg Dried spaghetti 454 grams or so
- 2/3 cup Parmesan cheese finely grated
- Salt Kosher salt
- Pepper Fresh cracked pepper to taste
- Parsley Chopped parsley for garnishing
- Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat.
- Beat the eggs in a small bowl and set aside.
- In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the pancetta and cook until golden and beginning to crisp, about 5 minutes. Add the sweet onions and cook for another few minutes, until they begin to soften, about 4-5 minutes. Add the asparagus and cook until the asparagus is crisp-tender, about 3-4 minutes. With a slotted spoon, remove the pancetta asparagus mixture from the pan and set aside (leave any remaining oil in the pan).
- Cook the spaghetti “al dente” according the package directions and drain, reserving about 1/2 cup of the cooking water. Add the drained spaghetti to the skillet with the olive oil, set over medium heat. Using tongs, toss the spaghetti with the olive oil until well coated. Add about ¼ cup of the cooking water to the skillet (if the bottom of the pan is too dry, the eggs will scramble them when you add them).
- Remove the skillet from the heat and add the eggs. Quickly toss the pasta with the eggs until the eggs thicken and coat the pasta – continually toss so that the eggs don’t scramble. Add a little more cooking water if the sauce seems too thick.
- Add in the reserved pancetta, sautéed onions, asparagus and parmesan cheese and season to taste with pepper. Garnish with chopped fresh parsley, if desired.
Dana Shortt is a mother of two and the owner/operator of Dana Shortt Gourmet and Gifts. The shop is a boutique-style gourmet food store specializing in hand crafted prepared meals, an olive oil and balsamic vinegar tasting bar, gift baskets and quality chocolates from local suppliers. Dana received her formal culinary training at George Brown College. Along with her Culinary Management Diploma, she also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Hotel and Food Administration from the University of Guelph.