Spaghetti Carbonara on Grilled Portabello Mushrooms

Spaghetti Carbonara must be one of he most popular of all Italian pasta dishes.

It can be made with other pastas like fettuccine or rigatoni, but traditionally it is always made with spaghetti. Basically it  is made with only four ingredients, pasta, pancetta, cheese and eggs.
Simple, just like that!!! But, like with all their recipes, the Italians use only the best ingredients and that of course will always give the best results. The Americans add cream to their carbonara and I suppose that is ok, but why fiddle with a winning recipe. If you cannot find pancetta, use a well-cured piece of bacon. The cheese that you will use is fresh parmesan, nothing else…..no cheddar please!!!

Although I can eat a huge bowl of this quite happily,  I am trying to reduce our portion sizes in this household, but to make it less noticeable I have to come up with some nifty tricks sometimes. So I served a small portion of this delicious Spaghetti Carbonara on a grilled Portabello mushroom with a simple salad to accompany it. My family was happy, no one even noticed that they only ate halve their normal portion of pasta.

Spaghetti Carbonara
Ingredients
250gr dried spaghetti
200gr diced pancetta or good quality bacon – cut into small pieces
about 1 cup of finely grated parmesan cheese
2 eggs
olive oil
1 tbs olive oil
parsley – finely chopped
freshly ground black pepper
Place a big pot of water on the stove and bring to the boil. Add enough salt to make it taste like seawater. Add the pasta and cook for 10-12 minutes or according to instructions on the packet.
In the meantime, heat a pan and add the olive oil to it. Add the chopped pancetta and cook until crisp. Keep one side. While you are waiting for the pasta, beat the 2 eggs and the cheese together with a whisk. Drain the pasta and add the beaten egg and cheese mixture and then the crispy bacon and parsley. Serve immediately with more grated parmesan and lots of black pepper.

Grilled Portebello Mushrooms

4 giant Portebello Mushrooms, cleaned  with a dry kitchen towel
about 2 tbsp butter
1 clove garlic- finely chopped
Melt the butter and garlic together and drizzle over the mushrooms. Season with salt and pepper and place under a hot grill until cooked.
Spoon the spaghetti carbonara on the top for a very attractive meal.

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