Simple meals for 1- Spaghetti Carbonara

serves one
15 minutes

 

Ingredients

1/4 cup of diced pancetta (thick bacon)- 70 grams

2 large egg yolks for a creamier dish or 1 large egg

1 clove of garlic

 100 grams spaghetti

salt 

freshly ground black pepper

11/3 cup Parmesan cheese

olive oil

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  1. In a pan boil about 1.5 liters of water and add a pinch of salt once boiled.
  2. Add spaghetti to boiling water and boil for about 8-10 minutes, or until satisfied with texture.
  3. Using a spoon or ladle set aside about a cup of pasta water. Drain spaghetti. DON’T RINSE YOUR PASTA!!!
  4. Chop of the ends of garlic, then using the flat side of a knife squash garlic.
  5. Heat about a tables spoon of oil and add the garlic to the pan.
  6. Using a spatula, stir garlic for about 20 seconds, then scoop out of pan.
  7. Add pancetta to pan and add 1 teaspoon of black pepper. Stir for about 2 minutes and turn of heat.
  8. Add spaghetti to pan and toss. Taste pasta for salt and add more salt if desired. Please don’t be shy, I personally like my carbonara with some chili so go ahead and add some if you would like.
  9. Take pan off hob.
  10. Quickly mix half of Parmesan with egg.
  11. Add egg mixture to pan and toss well with pasta.
  12. Serve your dish and sprinkle remaining Parmesan on top of dish.

ENJOY YOUR MEAL!!!!

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Chili Chorizo Pasta

00serves 2
15 minutes

Ingredients

1/3 cup diced chorizo-150 grams

1 small onion( about 1/4 cup finely diced)-150 grams

1 garlic clove finely diced

1/2 cup tomato passata or marinara sauce-115 grams

1-2 teaspoon chili flake

1 teaspoon mixed Italian herbs

spaghetti about 7 centimeters diameter when held in fist-200 grams

2 tablespoon Olive oil

1 red bell pepper( finely sliced)

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  1. Bring water to boil in a pan- about 2 liters. Add a generous pinch of salt once it starts boiling.
  2. Add pasta and boil for about 8 minutes or until to your satisfaction.
  3. Sieve the pasta and save about 1/4 cup of the pasta water. WHATEVER YOU DO, NEVER RINSE PASTA ONCE BOILED. JUST EMPTY IT INTO THE COLANDER AND STEP AWAY!!
  4. Heat oil in a pan.
  5. Do the hot oil test, then add onions, garlic, chili flakes, red bell pepper and saute for about 1 minute and a half.
  6.  Add chorizo and continue to stir for about 1 minute.
  7. Add the passata/marinara and mixed Italian herbs. Mix well and add a pinch of salt and about a pinch of freshly ground black pepper..
  8. Add the pasta and mix well with sauce.
  9. For a more saucy pasta, drizzle in pasta water until texture is to your desire.
  10. Taste pasta and again season it to your satisfaction. Add more salt, more chili or more herbs.

ENJOY YOUR MEAL!!!!!