Zia Hatch Green Chile Springtime Carbonara
A light and simple yet luxurious dish that's perfect for easing into Springtime cooking and also sure to impress.
- 1/2 cup Frozen Peas
- 4oz White or Green Asparagus (We used and prefer White)
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan or Pecorino Romano, plus additional for garnish
- 5 large Egg Yolks
- 3 Bacon Strips OR 3.5oz cubed Guanciale (for a more authentic Italian dish)
- 1 box Bucatini or Spaghetti Pasta
- 10 Basil Leaves, chopped
- 1/3 jar Zia Hatch Green Chile (strained)
1. On a cold pan, place your bacon / guanciale on the stove on low temperature. Allow as much fat to render out as possible. Once completed, remove from pan and place onto cloth or paper towel to dry.
2. Fill a large pot of lightly salted water and bring to a boil over high heat. Boil peas for 5 minutes and then remove and set to the side.
3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the 5 egg yolks, grated cheese and strained Zia Hatch Green Chile. Whisk together until a creaminess is achieved. Season with a generous amount of freshly ground black pepper and set aside.
4. Cut asparagus into diagonal shapes, place asparagus and peas into the pan with pork fat and cook on medium high heat for 5-7 minutes. Turn the stove off but do not remove pan from stove in order to keep warm.
5. Boil water again and cook pasta until al dente (still firm when bitten). Remove pasta and place into egg mixture bowl. Do not bother straining pasta but rather pick up with tongs and place directly into the egg mixture in order to get enough starchy pasta water.
6. Vigorously stir and mix pasta into egg mixture. Mix in peas, asparagus, meat, and any leftover fat from the pan. Toss to agitate the sauce. This will encourage it to thicken and develop a rich creaminess.
7. Place pasta in bowls or large plate and garnish with additional black pepper, a sprinkle of grated cheese, basil and more strained Zia Hatch Green Chile. Serve immediately! Carbonara is best and properly enjoyed when dish is warm and sauce is creamy and luscious.
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