I love to eat but truth be told, I love to feed people just as much! Tonight we hosted my neighbor and her three small kids for supper. Her husband has been away all week traveling for business and I figured she could use a night “out”! I made two pasta dishes; one for the kids and one for the adults and poured her a much needed glass of wine! My older kids helped entertain her younger ones and when it was all said and done, everyone was “fat and happy” as I like to say! Why am I telling you this? Because I want to show that hosting and sharing a meal with people doesn’t have to be super fancy or stress you out, especially if it’s rather spontaneous! Make it simple, keep it low key, set a few extra seats at the table and dig in! It’s truly the thought that counts!!
- 4 oz pancetta, diced
- 1/2 small onion, diced
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- 1 cup frozen peas
- 12 oz bucatini (I use Barilla)
- 3 eggs, yolks separated
- 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated plus additional as garnish
- fresh black pepper
- red pepper flakes
- Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
- Meanwhile, cook the pancetta and peas. In a skillet, start browning the pancetta over medium heat. As it cooks down and the fat renders, add the diced onion and continue to cook, stirring often and scraping the bottom of the skillet. Once pancetta is nearly cooked and the onion is soft and starting to caramelize, add the garlic and the frozen peas. Continue to cook another 2 – 3 minutes allowing peas to defrost and warm. Remove from the heat and set entire pan aside.
- Once the water boils, cook and drain the bucatini, reserving 1/2 cup of the pasta water. Return pasta to the pot and add the egg yolks, tossing to cook the egg and coat the pasta. Stir in the pancetta and peas mixture. If dry, add small amounts of pasta water to loosen the sauce. Add the grated parmesan and salt and pepper (to taste).
- Serve immediately, garnish with additional parmesan and red pepper flake if desired.
This dish could be made with any of your favorite pastas or pasta substitutes like zoodles or spaghetti squash “noodles”!
*Adapted from Sun Basket, Bucatini and Pancetta Carbonara