Drunken Spaghetti alla Carbonara via Put On Your Cake Pants

How to Make Drunken Spaghetti alla Carbonara

I’ve read enough cookbook recipes, articles, and blog posts decrying the use of heavy cream in spaghetti alla carbonara to be deterred staunchly from including it in my recipe’s ingredient list. While this recipe steers clear of cream (which, as I’ve learned, plays no part in the most traditional of versions), I’m afraid it’s still hardly your classic carbonara. This carbonara has let its hair down and gone a bit wild!

Drunken Spaghetti alla Carbonara from Put On Your Cake Pants

Drunken Spaghetti alla Carbonara from Put On Your Cake Pants

In addition to cooking the bacon with a bit of wine, the pasta itself is boiled in a combination of water and wine, similar to the method of making drunken spaghetti. The tomatoes, peas, and basil add some pops of color, and the walnuts lend the pasta a subtle yet rich crunch. Once you’ve tasted drunken spaghetti alla carbonara, you may never look at traditional carbonara in the same way again!

Drunken Spaghetti alla Carbonara by Put On Your Cake Pants

Drunken Spaghetti alla Carbonara by Put On Your Cake Pants

Drunken Spaghetti alla Carbonara

Ingredients

  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 oz bacon (regular or turkey), cut into squares
  • 1/2 cup wine (red or white)
  • 2 quarts water
  • 1 bottle white wine
  • 1 lb spaghetti
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 3/4 cup parmesan, divided
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup peas
  • 8 oz tomatoes (grape, cherry, or other small varieties), halved
  • fresh basil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  • Heat oil in a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat for 1-2 minutes. Add minced garlic and cook for 1 minute. Remove and discard garlic. Add bacon squares and cook for about 6 minutes, or until crisp. Add 1/2 cup wine and cook for about 3 minutes, until slightly thickened. Drain and set aside.
  • Meanwhile, in a large stockpot, bring water and wine to a boil. Cook pasta until al dente. Drain pasta and return to the stockpot, reserving 1 cup of the pasta water.
  • While the pasta is cooking, beat the egg yolks in a medium bowl. Once the pasta has been drained, add 1/4 cup of the reserved pasta water to the egg yolks and stir to combine. Stir in 1/2 cup parmesan. Pour mixture into pasta and toss to combine.
  • Add the bacon and peas to the stockpot and toss thoroughly to combine, adding additional pasta water as needed, if the mixture seems dry.
  • Serve and top individual portions with chopped walnuts, tomatoes, torn basil leaves, and remaining parmesan. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
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