This vegetarian dish is inspired by the renowned Carbonara. I would not call it “Vegetarian Carbonara” though, as there is no such thing in Italy. If you are interested in the original Roman dish, many Cannolo Award winners have recipes for it, including Memorie di Angelina’s Spaghetti alla carbonara.
Aside from how it should be called, the dish that I’m presenting is absolutely delicious and fun to eat. Just like for Carbonara, the main execution difficulty is to find the right moisture balance: allow the eggs to firm up “just enough” and not more!
- 140 g spaghetti or other long dried pasta
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 100 g (3 ½ oz) smoked scamorza (or smoked provolone), thinly diced
- 3 Tbsp Parmigiano, grated
- 1 Tbsp unsalted butter
- 2 cloves garlic, sliced
- Black pepper, freshly ground
- Prepare the ingredients (1), then start boiling the pasta in salted water for the time indicated on the box.
- Lightly beat the eggs with the Parmigiano (2).
- Roast the garlic in the butter at low heat for 5 minutes (3), then discard the garlic.
- When the pasta is "al dente," drain it quickly then toss it back in the pot along with the garlic-flavored butter. Turn on the heat at low. Stir gently.
- Add the beaten eggs and cheese, then continue to stir, scraping the bottom of the pan, until the eggs start to firm up (4). It's important to keep the eggs partly runny, as they will continue to cook in the bowls after being served.
- Serve immediately covered with the smoked scamorza and some black pepper. The heat of the pasta will soften the cheese and melt it slightly.