Sunday, October 11, 2009

Carbonara al Telefono?

In Italy, "al telefono" describes a dish with melted mozzarella cheese. Carbonara is a Southern specialty of sautéed pancetta, onions, garlic, and plenty of black pepper quickly mixed into hot drained pasta with a couple eggs and grated cheese -- the cuisine of poverty at its best. While doing a quick pre-dinner fridge surf I found eggs, cheese, bacon, 1 link of fennel sausage, and some fresh mozzarella begging to be used. James is going to be out of town for a few days so it was a combo fridge cleaning/ dinner adventure. I sautéed the sausage with the bacon, the lonely slice of pancetta I uncovered, thinly sliced onions and garlic while the spaghetti cooked. When the pasta was ready and quickly drained I returned it to the still warm cooking pot along with the sauté mix, 2 eggs mixed with shredded parmesan cheese, and the mozzarella cut into tiny cubes. Then I stirred until the heat of the pasta (no fire on the burner) melted the cheese and "cooked" the eggs into a creamy sauce. Dinner in 20 minutes, try it!

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