I claim no originality here, I simply tell a tale of success and raw indulgence.
Snow snow and more snow. In the fridge, what to make? And what to make to eat in less than 15 minutes?
Get out a big pot, fill with water, high high heat. Yes, we are going pasta here.
Second pan onto the stove. Large. Add a couple tablespoons of olive oil. Cut up 3 pieces of bacon. Into the pan on medium high heat. Smash a clove of garlic – basically still whole so you can get it out. Also, in with the bacon. Get out 3 eggs. Grate a bunch of parmesan while the bacon cooks. Once the bacon is about crispy, turn off the heat.
Is the water boiling? Yes indeed. Lots of salt into the water. Pasta - 1 lb of whatever you have. I like Spaghettini. Set timer for 9 minutes. Put your collander in the sink (Boy Scout motto – be prepared).
When the timer has dwindled to 2 minutes, turn your heat back on under the bacon pan – medium heat. Discard the garlic clove (ciao, bella). Add a few red pepper flakes. Crack the 3 eggs into the pan – it's like you are frying them. Do not be tempted to turn the heat up. We are looking for really runny, not ready to eat yet fried eggs.
Use a mug to grab a mugful of the pasta cooking water. Drain your pasta. Turn 2/3s*** of it into the pan over the eggs and bacon. MIX MIX MIX. Drop your cheese in. MIX MIX MIX. If it looks a bit dry, add some pasta water from your mug. Lots of black pepper. Salt to taste. You are tasting, yes? You get it – MIX!
Two dishes. Pasta into the dishes. More cheese on top. More pepper. Don't hesitate. If I need to tell you what to do next, well, nevermind.
** For extra credit you could have chopped a scallion or two while the pasta was cooking. If you did – good for you. Put this on top of your pasta now.
It's an even more simple carbonara. It's done in less than 15 minutes. It's absolutely delicious. I would share a picture but it demands to be eaten right away, and really, who am I to quibble. It's simple and easy but demanding and sinful – not only must you eat it right away, but you must eat it all. It does not keep. Oh well. I was taught not to let food go to waste. Eat it all.
*** I made 1 lb and used only 2/3. I kept 1/3 for leftover plain pasta. It's just good to have around.