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                          Spaghetti alla Carbonara
 
 Recipe By     : USENET
 Serving Size  : 4    Preparation Time :0:20
 Categories    : Pasta
 
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
 --------  ------------  --------------------------------
      1/2  pound         pancetta (or bacon)
    2      tablespoons   olive oil
    1      tablespoon    butter
    4      cloves        garlic -- peeled and crushed
      1/4  cup           dry white wine
                         salt
    1      16-ounce pkg  vermicelli
    3                    eggs
      1/4  cup           Peccorino Romano cheese -- freshly grated
      1/2  cup           Parmesan cheese -- freshly grated
                         freshly ground black pepper -- to taste
    2      tablespoons   parsley -- finely chopped
 
 Cut the pancetta or bacon into thin strips. Put the oil, butter and crushed
 garlic into a saucepan or small saute pan, and turn on the heat to medium
 high.  When the garlic becomes colored a deep gold, remove and discard it.
 Put the pancetta or bacon into the pan, and sauté until it begins to be
 crisp at the edges. Add the wine, and let it boil away for a minute or two;
 then turn off the heat.
 
 In a large pot, bring  4^Ö5 quarts water to a boil.  Add 2^Ö3 Tbsp salt, and
 when the water returns to a boil, put in the vermicelli.  Take the bowl from
 which you'll be serving the spaghetti later, and into it break the three
 eggs.  Beat them lightly, then mix into them both grated cheeses, a liberal
 grinding of pepper, and the parsley. When the vermicelli is tender but firm
 to the bite, drain it, and put it into the serving bowl with the
 egg-and-cheese mixture.  toss rapidly and thoroughly until it is well coated. 
 
 Reheat the pancetta or bacon quickly over high heat, then pour the entire
 contents of the pan over the vermicelli.  Toss again thoroughly, and serve
 immediately.
 
 
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 NOTES : While there are innumerable minor variations in the way people make
 this celebrated Roman dish, there are really only two substantially
 different schools of thought.  One maintains that pancetta, a mild, cured,
 unsmoked Italian bacon, is the only correct bacon to use.  The other school
 insists on the smoked American variety.  Both are good, and both are popular
 in Italy, but the version I prefer is the one with pancetta.  The flavor of
 smoke is not usually associated with Italian food; certainly hardly ever
 outside of Alto Adige, a German-speaking region in the North that was once
 part of Austria.  In this dish, I find that smoked bacon adds a sharpness
 that wearies the palate after the first bitefuls.  Try it both ways, and
 decide for yourself.   
 
 Nutr. Assoc. : 4352 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1281 0 0 0