(picture courtesy of calabriataste.com)Carbonara
1 lb. spaghetti or spaghettini (I prefer the latter)
1 lb. bacon
1 egg, lightly whisked
freshly ground pepper
1/4-1/2 cup half and half or whole milk (optional)
Put a large pot of salted water onto boil. On boiling, add the pasta. While waiting for the water to boil, cut the bacon into small pieces and cook to a crisp. Once pasta is cooked (do NOT overcook) drain and immediately return to the pot. Stir in one whisked egg until it coats the pasta. The heat of the pasta will cook the egg. Then stir in 1/4-1/2 cup parmesan cheese (I lean towards 1/2) until melted. At this point you can add in milk or half and half if you so choose. Toss in bacon and about 1-2 tsp. of the bacon grease (this step is very important). Finally top with lots of freshly ground pepper. Enjoy!
*Note: I grew up eating this dish without the added milk. I love it that way, but sometimes I like it a little richer. Don't feel like you have to add the milk, it is great without it.