Pasta Carbonara from Lupin III
Has anyone else been enjoying Lupin III?? It just recently became available with decent English subs, although it came out last year. I wasn’t expecting too much- Mine Fujiko is my favorite thing from the Lupin universe, and the pretty typical thief hi-jinks aren’t really anything new. However, I’ve been pleasantly surprised! I love the art, the animation, and the plot!
When I saw Lupin eating Pasta Carbonara in episode 2, I knew I had to make it. For one thing, Carbonara is frickin’ delicious. The last time I had a real authentic version was actually in Bilbao, Spain, and that was around 3 years ago. It’s time to conquer this dish on my own so I can eat it anytime!
Surprisingly, this dish, though fancy, is really, really easy. I get the feeling I say that about a lot of stuff, but this is actually really easy.
Recipe originally found here.
12 0z. Spaghetti, about 3/4th the package of a 1 lb. bag.
1 0z or 1/3 packed cup grated Parmesan
1 oz or 1/3 packed cup grated pecorino Romano (saltier version or Parmesan. So good! Found mine at Trader Joe’s.)
2 whole eggs, 2 egg yolks, room temp
4 slices bacon
salt and pepper
Start by chopping your bacon into bite size pieces.
Get those pieces on a frying pan over medium-low heat. You want them to cook down until they’re almost crisp, but are still soft throughout.
Then, slap a pot of water on the stove to boil. While that heats to boiling, grate your cheeses!
Place eggs and egg yolks in a bowl and briskly stir to break the yolks.
Then, throw in your cheeses, and stir through.
Season with salt and pepper.
Stir through and set aside. Your bacon should be finishing up around now- take it off and drain pieces. Set aside. At this point, your water should be boiling! Add some salt to the water, and dump your pasta in. Cook according to directions, for me this was about 11 minutes. Take out 1 cup of pasta water very carefully. Set aside! This is important, we will use it for the sauce. Then, drain pasta.
Now, while stirring, pour in egg mixture. Stir through vigorously. Add a few splashes of pasta water to create a creamy texture. Start out with small splashes! You won’t need much. When the sauce is creamy enough, throw in the bacon bits and stir about.
Now all that’s left is to plate! Do so and eat immediately, you don’t want this dish to get cold. Not that it’s bad, but it’s better when it is warmed through. Garnish with some pepper to get the full Lupin III effect.
And now it’s all done! I hope you enjoy! This dish is very tasty. It’s light, but still rich and creamy. The salty cheese is a wonderful, subtle component and it brings a wonderful taste element to the entire dish.
I hope you can try it out! As always, leave comments with questions or suggestions of what I should make next. 😀
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