Don’t worry, I won’t dare call this carbonara. True, the sauce is made the way we’d made our traditional carbonara, but the addition of spring ingredients is a major no if you’re making the traditional dish. This is Pasta With Bacon And Peas and it’s a weeknight dish we make all spring long.
Pasta purists, consider this your invitation to gang up on me. I’ve done the cardinal sin number one when it comes to Pasta Carbonara and I’ve added peas. Oh, and, while I was at it, some asparagus too. This sin is called, the Asparagus Pasta With Bacon and Peas recipe.
It’s spring and, in case you haven’t noticed, that means we’re having a full-on fest with all things asparagus and peas and putting them everywhere, including in this Pasta Carbonara.
But where I won’t go astray? Technique. Because while I may be committing a pasta sin with the addition of peas and veggies, I won’t stand for cream added – that’s just pasta heresy in my mind. I mean, ever since my trip to Rome last summer, I’ve been mastering this Carbonara technique so I could do it justice. What’s that? Do you say I’m the pot calling the kettle black? Well, I only said I wasn’t a heretic, nothing about hypocrisy.
Asparagus Pasta With Bacon And Peas Recipe
- Kosher salt and Freshly ground black pepper
- 2 large eggs room temperature
- 2 egg yolks room temperature
- 1 ounce finely grated Pecorino Romano cheese (about 1/3 packed cup), plus additional for serving
- 1 ounce finely grated Parmesan cheese (about 1/3 packed cup)
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 4 ounces slab guanciale, pancetta, or bacon cut into 1/2-inch dice (about 3/4 cup)
- 12 ounces spaghetti (about 3/4 box)
- 1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen shelled sweet peas (about 7 ounces)
- Pencil-thin asparagus trimmed and cut into 1/2-inch pieces (about 1 1/2 cups)
- Place a large pot of lightly salted water (no more than 1 tablespoon salt) over high heat, and bring to a boil. Fill a large bowl with hot water for serving, and set aside.
- In a mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, egg yolks and pecorino and Parmesan. Season with a pinch of salt and generous amount of black pepper. Set the water to boil.
- Meanwhile, heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat, add the pork, and sauté until the fat just renders, on the edge of crispness but not hard. Remove from heat and set aside.
- Add pasta to the water and boil until a bit firmer than al dente. About 2 minutes before pasta is ready, add asparagus and peas and reheat pork in the skillet, if needed. Reserve 1 cup of pasta water, then drain pasta and vegetables and add to the skillet over low heat. Stir for a minute or so.
- Remove from heat, add to the cheese mixture, adding some reserved pasta water as needed for creaminess. Serve immediately, dressing it with a bit of additional grated pecorino, pepper, as desired.