Pasta Carbonara (Rachael Ray)

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“I tried to search a bunch of different ways, and I could not find this recipe on here. I am surprised, as it was widely published and so easy. Great for company too. I will post it her way with a few of my notes. This is not health food, except for the soul. Read the recipe all the way through, as you need to cook things simultaneously and use pasta water. I serve this with a green salad and crusty bread with garlic butter.”

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  1. Put a large pot of water on to boil. Add a liberal amount of salt and the rigatoni. Cook to al dente (about 8 minutes).
  2. Heat a (very!) large skillet over medium heat. Add EVOO and pancetta. Brown pancetta (2 minutes). Add red pepper flakes and garlic and cook 2-3 minutes more. Add wine and stir up all of the pan drippings.
  3. Beat yolks, then add 1 large ladleful (about 1/2 C) of the pasta cooking water to them. This tempers the egg and keeps them from scrambling when added to the pasta. (I use a wire whisk to whisk the water in, and do this when the pasta is maybe 3/4 done).
  4. Drain pasta well and add it directly to the skillet with pancetta and oil. Pour the egg mixture over the pasta. Toss rapidly to coat the pasta without cooking the egg.
  5. Remove from heat and add a big handful of cheese (the 1/2 to 1 C), lots of pepper, and a little salt. Continue to toss until the pasta soaks up the egg mixture and thickens, 1-2 minutes. Garnish with parsley, if desired, and extra cheese, if desired.

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