Do you watch Criminal Minds? Then you’re in for a treat. This is based on David Rossi’s carbonara recipe!
Remember that episode where Rossi had the team over at his house and taught them how to cook carbonara (how geeky do I sound right now)? I’ve always wanted to make that and after a significant amount of searching I found a recipe in a French fan page that they claimed was from Joe Mantegna himself (yes, I may have too much time on my hands).
I’ve since tweaked it here and there and it is fabulous! No cream, just eggs, pancetta and lotsa cheese. And guess what else? I cooked it! Not Red, me. (Ok, I may have had some help with chopping, slicing and such.)
It’s practically the only thing I can cook (insert: big proud smile right here). So let’s step into the world of BAU for a moment and bask in the deliciousness that is this carbonara.
The Great Egg Challenge
Egg yolks (and not cream) are what make traditional carbonara dreamy and creamy. The first few times I made this I ended up scrambling the eggs; you guys know I have raw egg issues (check out my Eggless Key Lime Pie) so I was eager to pour the eggs into the hot pan and let them sit a little to cook.
What I’ve found is the residual heat from the pasta/pan will cook them so have no fear. And you shouldn’t let the egg mixture sit at all; you need to quickly toss the pasta so the egg mixture coats everything and doesn’t turn into a scrambled mess.
Keep some of that pasta water
Also, don’t throw away the pasta water. I did the first time – I know, rookie mistake. What you want to do is pour about a quarter cup into your pasta, continue mixing until you get the creaminess you want (not too much though, we don’t want it soupy).
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Love for June
Once you’ve done that you’ll have this amazing dish that’s so quick to prepare it’s perfect for those busy weeknights. It’s so good too it’s great for when you have company over.
Personally, this is a great recipe for me to start off June. Apart from December (Christmas!), June is my favourite month – summer starts, Father’s Day (hey, this is great for Father’s Day!), Pride (Rainbow Cake anyone?), Red’s birthday (remember this London Fog Cake?), my grandpa’s birthday and…my birthday!
David Rossi’s carbonara recipe
Filipinos always have pancit on their birthday (or any celebration) because it signifies good fortune and long life but as I cannot cook pancit (maybe someday), Rossi’s carbonara will have to be my birthday noodles for now.
Hope you give it a try, whether you’re a fan of Criminal Minds or not (this past season was weird TBH). It is awesome and hey, if I can cook it you absolutely most definitely can!
Did you try David Rossi’s carbonara recipe? I’d love to hear from you in the comments section below.
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