While the rest of us were working on perfecting our instant ramen cooking skills in college, Chef Matt was practicing his bucatini carbonara game. He and his friends were on a mission to get it juuuuuust right: Sourcing expert tips and getting together every week to come up with the ultimate version. Yup. Every. Dang. Week. As he recalls, “It was the first time I really remember being proud of cooking and sharing it with others.”
Awwwww. That makes us feel as warm and fuzzy inside as this bowl of bucatini. Seriously, is there anything more comforting and blissful than fresh pasta smothered in a luscious, creamy, bacon-and-black-peppery sauce? Not that comes to mind. Thanks, Chef Matt, we think you nailed it 😉
What’s in your bag:
- Deano’s fresh bucatini
- Carbonara sauce with pancetta + egg yolks
- Crispy Parmesan crumble
- Little Leaf salad with shaved radish + fennel
- Sherry vinaigrette
What you’ll need from home:
- Large pot
- Mixing bowl
Total prep time: 10 minutes
The Bucatini + Sauce
- Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil (salty water is good water!), then drop in the bucatini and give it a stir.
- Cook for about 2-3 minutes, then test a strand of pasta for doneness. (We like it al dente, with a little chew!)
- Reserve about ½ cup pasta water and strain.
- Add your cooked bucatini, carbonara sauce and a splash or two of pasta water right back into your pot! Set the heat to low.
- Using your tongs, stir + toss everything together over very low heat for 2-3 minutes, or until warmed through to your liking. Gentle heat is the name of the game here! Too hot and those egg yolks can scramble.
- If your sauce is looking a little thick, feel free to add a splash or two more of pasta water to thin it out to your desired consistency.
- Take a taste of your saucy noods. Season with some salt and a couple cracks of black pepper if you like!
- Add your salad to a bowl, drizzle in the lemon vinaigrette and toss, toss, toss. Add S+P as desired!
Use your tongs to grab a bundle of that bucatini. As you lower the pasta into the bowl, give the bowl a spin or rotate the tongs to form a little bucatini nest. Release the tongs! Sprinkle your Parm crumble over the top for a final flourish. Salad goes on the side. Enjoy, Fam! 🙂
That’s it! #Dinnersolved, dinner served.
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