Linguine with Bacon and Onions

Pat Duran


Best made with slab bacon and thickened with egg yolk. The heat of the pasta cooks the egg yolks, If you like to have the cooked it's best to place them over steaming water in a sieve, to coddle them for a minute.Carefully take them out and add them to the pasta.
This recipe is from Chef Lidia Bastianich of the Italian-American Kitchen Cookbook.

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6 servings


20 Min


25 Min


Stove Top


6 oz
slab bacon, in 1 piece
2 Tbsp
extra virgin olive oil, plus extra if needed
2 large
yellow onions, sliced 1/2 inch thick -about 3 cups
1 1/2 c
hot chicken stock or as needed
1 lb
linguine pasta
3 large
egg yolks, unbroken
1 c
freshly grated parmigiano-reggiano cheese
coarsely ground pepper

Directions Step-By-Step

Bring 6 qts. of salted water to a boil over high heat.
Remove the bacon rind from the bacon. Cut into 1/4 inch slices,then cut the slices crosswise into 1/4 inch strips. Heat the olive oil in a large, heavy skillet over medium heat. Add the bacon and cook , stirring until the bacon is lightly browned but still soft in the center, about 6 minutes.
If there is more that 3-4 Tablespoons of fat in the pan, pour off the excess. If less add enough olive oil to measure that amount. Add the onions and cook until wilted but still crunchy, about 4-5 minutes. Add the stock, bring to a boil, and adjust the heat to a lively simmer. Cook until the liquid is reduced by half.
Meanwhile, stir the linguine into the boiling water. Return water to boil, stirring frequently. Cook the pasta, about 8 minutes.
Ladle off 1 cup of the cooking water.If the skillet is large enough to accommodate the sauce and pasta, scoop out the pasta and place into the sauce, Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring to coat the pasta with sauce. Check the seasoning, adding salt if necessary. Add more chicken stock to coat the pasta generously. Remove the pan from the heat and add the coddled eggs one at a time, tossing well after each. Add the cheese, then the pepper, tossing well and serve immediately in warmed bowls.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Pasta, Pork
Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: Italian
Other Tag: Quick & Easy