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Spaghetti Carbonara with Leeks and Pancetta – Pacific Coast Farmers' Market Association

Spaghetti Carbonara with Leeks and Pancetta

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8 ounces uncooked spaghetti
1/2 cup Parmigiano Reggiano cheese (finely grated)
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
1 large egg white
1/2 cup pancetta (chopped)
2 cups leeks (sliced thinly, about 2 large)
2 cloves garlic (minced)
2 tablespoons parsley (freshly chopped)


Cook pasta according to the package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain, reserving 1/4 cup cooking liquid.

Combine cheese, pepper, salt, egg, and egg white in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Gradually add the reserved 1/4 cup cooking liquid to egg mixture, stirring constantly with a whisk.

Cook pancetta in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until crisp. Remove pancetta from pan, reserving drippings in pan; set pancetta aside. Add leek to drippings in pan, and sauté 4 minutes. Add garlic to pan; sauté for 1 minute. Add pasta, cheese mixture, and pancetta to pan; reduce heat, and cook 1 minute, tossing well to coat. Cook 1 minute. Sprinkle with parsley; serve immediately.



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