Death Row Carbonara

Here I am sitting on Death Row. I am guilty and now I must face the ultimate punishment. However, not before my last supper, one last carb-hoorah.

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Ok, so not an actual death row but it is time for a nutritional execution. My crime? Well having eaten my (steadily increasing) body weight in carbohydrates this weekend I thought it was about time I sentenced my naughty eating habits to death and return to my former healthy self.

I am not exaggerating when I say that this weekend I had more hot cross buns than I have fingers on one hand! – not such a balanced diet. I have been a complete glutton with the wheat based products, not great for someone with a (mild) gluten intolerance.

However, I’m never one for turning my back on an old friend and carbs deserve one final hurrah before I face my executioner; the Paleo diet. I hereby introduce my Chorizo Carbonara.

I would go as far to say this is my favourite meal, my Death Row meal for sure. My family tease me because every time we would go to a restaurant they’d ask “what are you going to have Gabrielle” and my response would be ” Carbonara” – every time.

I am also writing this for the (self titled) ‘no cream cause’ because for God’s sake if you’ve ever had a half decent carbonara you’ll know not to add bloody cream. Apologies but this is a non-negotiable factor. Traditionally made with guanciale, carbonara should be a delicious balance of salt, spice from the cracked black pepper and soothing egg and pasta.

This serves 2, you will need:

  • 100g chorizo sausage, chopped into chunks
  • 200g spaghetti
  • 150g grated Parmesan cheese + extra for serving
  • Cracked black pepper
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 egg yolks

1. Firstly bring a pan of salty water to the boil for your pasta. This dish is so quick and simple it’ll be ready virtually in the time it take for your pasta to boil.

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2. Approximately five minutes before your pasta is ready throw your chorizo in a frying pan to cook through, allowing the oils to escape into the pan.

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3. Meanwhile mix the eggs and extra yolks with the Parmesan and some cracked black pepper. I like to add the extra yolks to add a richness to the dish, you can of course leave them out. Rather indulgent I know but hey, no judgement people, this is death row after all.

4. As soon as the pasta is cooked remove it from the water and add to the frying pan with the chorizo. Don’t be tempted to drain the pasta, you may need this starchy water to loosen the dish a bit later.

5. After a minute of so the spaghetti will have cooled down enough for you to add the egg mixture. You don’t want scrambled egg which is why you leave it for a minute of so to cool it down. IMG_0675

6. Stir this around, if the mixture is too dry add a little of the pasta water to loosen it. You do not want sticky or dry pasta.

And there you have it, super simple and easy. The ultimate comfort meal, made in as long as it takes to boil spaghetti.

To serve, grind some more black pepper on top with some grated Parmesan. I can’t tell you how easy it is to make and how happy it makes me.

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Now, sit back and show no remorse, savouring every carby mouthful.

However, I do not want you to think that I am comparing the Paleo food plan to nutritional death. Far from it, I am excited to explore a new approach to food. As you can see, I  am a reformed character…

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