As the More is More Mom®, I’m all about….more pasta on Wednesday. It’s Prince Spaghetti Day! While we might not be Italian, and we don’t have an Anthony (though we do have a Nicky, and if you watch the Soprano’s, that’s pretty close), we certainly love our pasta…and our Frank Sinatra.
To set the mood for Prince Spaghetti Day, I might plug in my I-Pod and listen to old Blue Eyes (I’ve Got the World on a String), Vic Damone (On the Street Where You Live), Luis Prima (Angelina/Zooma, Zooma) and my favorite, Dean Martin (Ain’ t That a Kick in The Head).
You are going to fall in love with this pasta dish (That’s Amore!). There’s nothing like the sweet, smoky taste of a little pancetta.
You will need a large sauté pan.
2 Tbsp olive oil
9 oz pancetta (my Dominick’s sells it in 3 oz packages, so I purchase 3 packages. The pancetta is thin, like bacon, and I cut it into 1” slices and separate, thicker than that would be way too chunky. I think it’s nice thin and crispy.)
Saute for approximately 5 minutes
1 tsp cracked black pepper
Remove from heat
In a mixing bowl, combine;
6 eggs (I had 7 left in the carton, so I added them all. The more the merrier)
½ cup heavy whipping cream (yummy!)
½ cup of shredded Parmesan
½ tsp sea salt
½ tsp cracked black pepper (for a little…Kick in the Head. Thanks Dino!)
The OCD in me prefers to have all of my ingredients ready to go before I cook my pasta.
In a large stock pot, bring water to a boil.
1 pound of tubular pasta, such as a penne or a mostaccioli, so the sauce gets inside the noodle for more delectable goodness! My brand preference is actually Barilla, not Prince. Sorry Anthony’s momma!
Cook according to directions, for about 12 minutes. I personally don’t love al dente.
Drain the pasta, while reserving 1 cup of liquid for the sauce.
Return the pasta to the pot.
Toss in the cooked pancetta.
Pour in the cream mixture and stir thoroughly. If you don’t think the mixture is creamy enough, add a little bit of the reserved pasta water.
1 cup shredded Parmesan
3 Tbsp chopped flat leaf parsley
Salt and pepper to taste
Plate and serve
Top with additional Parmesan for your cheese lovers.
Serve with crispy Italian bread or garlic bread.
Fall in love with more creamy and more smoky pancetta goodness!