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Pasta Carbonara

There is a lot of discussion as to what is a true carbonara. Personally, I do not have a strong opinion on this, but the Internets tell me there are plenty of people who do. I am not committing the cardinal sin of using cream but I’m sure my use of bacon instead of pancetta will bother purists. But this is not a classic Italian food blog, it is a good food blog and this is good. Fantastic really. If you like bacon, then this is the recipe for you. The onions taste like bacon, the pasta tastes like bacon and oh, there is a pound of bacon mixed in. If you are going to go this far with bacon, you might as well as go really far. The alternate name for this recipe is Bacon Pasta. So if you are a vegetarian or are kosher, I’m sorry.

A few notes:

  • This is not a low calorie recipe.  Do not purchase center cut bacon or a similarly low fat bacon.  You need the bacon to render a good amount here and center cut is not going to cut it (heh).
  • I used homemade chicken stock for this once.  It was out of this world.  It adds a tremendous depth and richness.  So beware, once you go homemade, it is hard to go back.
  • Make sure you shred the Parmesan or purchase shredded Parmesan. Do not grate.  Shredded melts and melds better.
  • This uses raw eggs. They are cooked by the warm pasta and onion/bacon mixture and they are safe for eating. But if you are squeamish about this, then this is not the recipe for you.

I know I say this all the time, but this is so good. Ridiculously good. Bacon+pasta+Parmesan=delicious. Make it!

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Noodle Kugel

This is a traditional Jewish recipe. It is a sweet dairy pudding and it is very simple to make.  It also doubles and triples nicely if you really like it.  The recipe is my grandmother’s.

Noodle Kugel

Noodle Kugel

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