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linguine with bacon and onions

(2 ratings)
Recipe by
Pat Duran
Las Vegas, NV

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.

(2 ratings)
yield 6 servings
prep time 20 Min
cook time 25 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For linguine with bacon and onions

  • 6 oz
    slab bacon, in 1 piece
  • 2 Tbsp
    extra virgin olive oil, plus extra if needed
  • 2 lg
    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 lg
    egg yolks, unbroken
  • 1 c
    freshly grated parmigiano-reggiano cheese
  • coarsely ground pepper

How To Make linguine with bacon and onions

  • 1
    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.
  • 2
    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.
  • 3
    Meanwhile, stir the linguine into the boiling water. Return water to boil, stirring frequently. Cook the pasta, about 8 minutes.
  • 4
    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.

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