Mon, Mar 10 • 0

42-17691335-1.jpgEvery few months, I’ve been making a big pot of bolognese sauce. It freezes really well, and I put it in little single serving containers that my wife takes to eat at work. It does take a very long while to cook — on the order of 6 or 7 hours, total, but it doesn’t really need to be attended to all that much. One of the keys is to use some sort of heat tempering device. Without one, even my heavy Le Cruset dutch oven will get hotspots and the sauce will burn onto the bottom. What I do, just before I add the tomatoes is to put the whole pot into my biggest cast iron frying pan. This will temper the hot spots and transfer the heat more evenly to the bottom of my cooking pan. I’ve never had my sauce burn, even with the long, unattended simmering this recipe calls for.

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Spaghetti Carbonara

Sat, Feb 16 • 0

spaghettiTwo recipes, very different techniques; similar but subtle flavor differences. I’ve had mixed results with the second version, but the vinegar adds an interesting tone.

Quick & Dirty

1lb spaghetti
8 slices bacon, diced (8oz)
1T olive oil
3 eggs, beaten
¼c whole milk (or half-and-half)
¾c shredded Parmesan cheese
salt & pepper to taste

Boil salted water for the pasta, and cook 9-12 mins. Cook the bacon in the olive oil until browned and crisp, about 10mins. In a large bowl, mix the remaining ingredients. Add the hot pasta to the egg mixture, which will cook the eggs. Serve on hot plates, and top with the bacon and a little more parmesan. Based on a recipe from Everyday Food.

More Involved and with Vinegar

¼lb bacon (2 slices)
1 stick butter
1c whole milk
2T wine vinegar
1lb spaghetti
2 eggs, whipped
½c grated Parmesan
salt & pepper to taste

Cut the bacon into little pieces, and cook in the butter until clear. Heat the milk in a small saucepan, and add the bacon and the butter. Add the vinegar; this will turn the milk into cheese. Simmer for 15 minutes, until smooth.

Boil your favorite pasta al dente. Drain and return to the pan. Immediately throw in the eggs, the bacon sauce, and the grated Parmesan. Add salt and pepper, toss, and serve. Source: The Frugal Gourmet by Jeff Smith.

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