Carbonara Filipino Style Recipe
Here is a carbonara recipe that’s become a traditional favorite in the Philippine Islands. It’s a departure from the usual red tomato sauce spaghetti recipe.
Carbonara spaghetti is becoming as popular as tomato sauce spaghetti in the Philippines. (Wikipedia image)
Carbonara is a pasta dish that’s said to have been invented in the middle of the Twentieth Century in Italy. It quickly spread around the world following the popularity of the more common tomato sauce spaghetti. In the Philippines, red spaghetti is already a favorite dish to prepare in parties and Filipino kids just can’t have a fun at a birthday if there is no spaghetti served. Now here’s a new pasta favorite that’s getting to be just as popular with Filipinos. It’s the carbonara and even though it’s white, it appears to have major appeal in the Philippines.
Here is a simple recipe for carbonara pasta that’s becoming a traditional favorite of Filipinos.
1 kg pasta (spaghetti noodles)
butter (at least two tablespoons)
button mushrooms (sliced)
2 cans of all purpose cream (383g)
evaporated milk (383g)
1/4 kg bacon (sliced into small squares; fried crisp)
1/4 kg ham (sliced into small squares; fried crisp)
4 eggs (beaten)
cheddar cheese (grated)
garlic (4 cloves; skinned and crushed)
onions (1 bulb; finely chopped)
black pepper (ground)
How to cook Filipino style carbonara:
For the sauce, start by heating the pan on a low flame. Melt the butter in the pan. Saute the garlic and onion. Add the mushroom slices and cook until tender. Mix in the evaporated milk and all purpose cream. Stir occasionally. Wait for the mixture to boil, then add the eggs. Continue stirring until the mixture is to the desired thickness of your carbonara sauce. Add salt to taste.
For the pasta, first boil two liters of water in a large pasta bowl. Wait for it to boil, then add a bit of salt. Carefully add the noodles and stir every now and then to keep the noodles from sticking in the pan. You will know if the pasta is cooked if no white shows in the core of a noodle (break one to check). The noodle must not be too soft so try not to overcook the pasta.
Place the cooked noodles on a pasta plate. Add the carbonara sauce. Sprinkle the bacon, ham, and cheese. You have your carbonara Filipino style pasta dish!