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Ziti alla Carbonara

Like most recipes, the origins of the dish are obscure, and there are many legends about it. As the name is derived from the Italian word for charcoal, some believe that the dish was first made as a hearty meal for Italian charcoal workers. This theory gave rise to the term “coal miner’s spaghetti.” Others say that it was originally made over charcoal grills. Still others suggest that it is so named because the specks of bacon and pepper in the pasta look like bits of charcoal.

Usually made with Spaghetti, but occasionally Fettuccine, Rigatoni or Bucatini, I’ve used Ziti (a really big Bucatini) in this version, and keep true to the Italian preparation.

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 4 ounces Panchetta
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons cream
  • 2 tablespoons freshly-grated Pecorino cheese
  • 16 oz long Ziti pasta
  • Fresh ground pepper

Directions:

Ziti ala Carbonara

Ziti ala Carbonara

Heat the oil and butter in a pan. Add pancetta and saute over medium heat until browned well. Beat together the egg yolks, cream, and cheese.

Long Ziti Pasta

Long Ziti Pasta

Cook the Ziti until just a! dente. Drain the Ziti well, and move to a serving dish. Working quickly, pour the pancetta mixture, then the beaten egg mixture over the Ziti. Toss quickly to coat the strands with the sause. The eggs will cook in the heat of the pasta. Top with fresh ground pepper and serve immediately while still hot.

Variants:

The following are frequently done in American preparations. Substitute bacon for panchetta, omit cream, or cook eggs and cheese for 30 seconds with panchetta (or similar).

Un Piatto Della Pasta per Murszewski

Originally, I was going to use Campanelle pasta for this dish as it was one of the pastas suggested on the Hungry 4 More Facebook Fan Site. Unfortunately, I was unable to find any after two different stores. So, Candice here’s your pasta dish.

Serves: 2

Ingredients:

  • 4-6 oz. Broccoli Rabe, stems trimmed off, leaves and florets rinsed well
  • 4 oz. Quadrefiore pasta (1 1/2 cup)
  • 3 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/3-1/2 lb. Sweet Italian Sausage, removed from casing
  • 3 Cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed Red Pepper flakes
  • 3/4 cup Chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup Kalamata olives, pitted, quartered
  • 2 teaspoons Lemon Zest
  • 1/3 cup Pecorino Romano, freshly grated, plus extra for garnish
  • Dried Basil for garnish
  • Kosher salt
  • Fresh ground pepper

Directions:

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Have a bowl of ice water ready. Add the broccoli rabe and cook until bright green and tender, approximately 2 min. Transfer broccoli rabe to the bowl of ice water to stop the cooking. Drain well and gently pat dry with paper towels to remove excess water.

Quadrefiore Pasta Dish

Quadrefiore Pasta Dish

Return the water to a boil and add the pasta. Cook according to package directions, and drain.

While the pasta cooks, heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the sausage and cook, stirring and breaking it up. Cook until the sausage is browned and almost cooked through, approximately 4 to 6 minutes. Add the garlic and crushed red pepper and cook until the garlic is lightly golden, about 1 min. Pour in the broth and bring to a boil. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the broth is reduced by about half, approximately 3 to 4 minutes. Add the broccoli rabe, Kalamata olives, and lemon zest. Cook stirring until hot for 1 to 2 minutes. Add the pasta and Pecorino Romano and toss well. Season to taste with salt and pepper, and garnish with additional Pecorino Romano and basil.

Variations:

Try Campanelle as a substitute for the pasta as I originally planed.

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