This Week's Dinner

Spaghetti Carbonara
(w/either pancetta or mushrooms)

A Modern Roman Classic

 Like many Italian dishes, there is some disagreement about the origins of Carbonara, which only dates back to the mid 20th century. Some believe the name comes from “carbonaro” and was a favorite of Italy’s charcoal miners. But I tend to lean toward the version that has the creation of the dish coinciding with the Allied Liberation of Rome. A sort of collaboration occurred between American troops who brought fresh supplies of bacon and eggs and Italian chefs who used these ingredients to create a dish that appealed to homesick troops.
I love how the smoky flavor of the bacon or in this case, pancetta contrasts with the smooth creaminess of the eggs. I would probably eat it everyday if I could and to that end, I’ve made my carbonara lighter than some other recipes without sacrificing any of the flavor.  And I’m also offering a vegetarian option in which I substitute crisply sautéed mushrooms for the pancetta.

Whichever one you choose, you’re sure to have a beautiful, savory meal.

Add on a crusty, freshly baked pretzel roll!

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