Deliciously decadent! And I don’t need to be reminded I ate another deliciously decadent Amalfi coast spaghetti recipe, buttery Spaghetti with Fried Calamari, last week. But never mind; I crave classic Italian comfort foods when the weather is cruddy.
Guiliano Bugialli, cookbook author and veritable master of Italian cuisine, specifically instructs not to use bacon when preparing this recipe. “Pancetta,” he writes in his carbonara recipe headnote, “of course, is not bacon, because it is not smoked; do not substitute bacon.”
This man is a culinary rock star, albeit an aged rock star — Guiliano Bugialli, to me, is the Mick Jagger of classic Italian cuisine. I’m a groupie and blindly follow his advice, so always use pancetta in carbonaras. But I’ll be the first to admit: a good smoked bacon is simply divine substituted for the pancetta in the following recipe.
Recipe adapted from Guiliano Bugialli’s “Spaghetti alla Carbonara” (The Fine Art of Italian Cooking, 1977)
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