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No Cook Spaghetti Alla Carbonara (Egg)

Prep time: 15 min          Cook Time: 7 minutes         Serves: 2 Okay so, the name does intimidate, but I found the name basis the recipe I experimented with. Spaghetti alla carbonara is a traditional Italian dish, in which the sauce made of raw egg yolks is heated using only the heat of cooked pasta. The popular versions at cafes and restaurants have cured pork or bacon bits, but this is an eggetarian dish that calls for very few ingredients and even lesser time.


Ingredients

  • Pasta - Roughly 100 grams

  • Egg - 1 egg (poultry and not country egg)

  • Fresh Basil - 1 cup 

  • Garlic - 3-4 pods  

  • Whole Pepper - 10-11 corns 

  • Cream cheese - 2 tbsp 

  • Olive oil - 4 tsp

  • Salt - to taste 

Method for No Cook Spaghetti Alla Carbonara  


  1. Cook the spaghetti with generous salt till it is al dente. Set aside with some stock water. For this recipe, the cooked pasta has to directly go into the sauce so that the eggs get cooked, so ensure that you time your prep with cooking time for the pasta 

  2. In a large, flat-based mixing bowl, break an egg with the yellow yolk 

  3. Grate pods of garlic into this mix 

  4. Pour in olive oil (if you add more, the flavor might change, subject to preference) 

  5. Add crushed and roasted pepper and salt to the mixing bowl 

  6. Chop fresh basil and add into mixing bowl 

  7. Add the cream cheese at room temperature to the mixing bowl. You can also use parmesan cheese as well, but ensure it is grated / easy to work into the sauce 

  8. With a spoon, bring all these ingredients together slowly, taking care to mash and mix into a sauce

  9. Toss in steaming hot spaghetti to the bowl, fold well till the sauce is evenly absorbed into the pasta 

  10. Adjust pepper and salt as per taste preference and serve with a slice of baguette! 

Swaps: you can easily use parsley instead of basil, different cheeses (smoked is even better), and also add in bacon bits for that true carbonara flavor.


And there you go! The easiest pasta dish out there with staple ingredients you can throw in from the kitchen. This No Cook Spaghetti Alla Carbonara recipe only involves minimal cooking time for the pasta, but hey, you can take a shortcut with the sauce!


Mental note: Working with raw eggs can create a barrier in the mind when digging into the dish. But the science works such that the heat from the pasta and the cheese will emulsify the egg yolk, making it safe to consume. If you are generally weary of raw foods like salads and whole cut veggies, maybe it’s better to heat the sauce for a minute or two in a microwave. 

spaghetti in carbonara
Garnish as required and serve in pasta plates



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