Sunday, March 6, 2011

"An Italian Family Dinner" with Linda Massaro

Italians have enormous pride in their food. Who does not love and appreciate Italian food for its good quality and great taste? In fact, it was in Italy that the Slow Food Movement was born -- not only as an alternative to "fast food", but also to preserve local food traditions. In this story, Linda Massaro tells us about the very important tradition of eating together as a family.

After you watch this video, you might want to try making the recipe below.

Spaghetti alla Carbonara

1- 1/2 lbs. of spaghetti
3 large eggs
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1-3 tbls. olive oil
2 oz pancetta**, coursely chopped
1/2 cup chopped onion
Salt, pepper, parsley

-Boil the spaghetti in a large pot of salted water. Use lots of water, which helps avoid the pasta from sticking.
-In a medium bowl, beat the eggs, add salt, pepper and parsley.
-In a large fry pan, cook the pancetta in olive oil until cooked. Add the onions and cook until they turn colour.
-Drain the spaghetti and add to the fry pan. Toss to coat with the olive oil.
-Add the egg mixture and cheese. Toss together until the egg is cooked.
-Add more cheese and freshly grated pepper.

**Pancetta is an Italian salt-cured bacon. For more authentic Abruzzese taste, use Pecorino Romano cheese and add a little Diavoletto red pepper when you add the onion.

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