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Sweet Onion Carbonara

This creamy, dreamy carbonara gets its sweetness from sauteed onions, and the combo of gruyere and Parmesan gives it some serious cheesy decadence.
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Sweet Onion Carbonara

Servings

14

Prep Time

25 minutes

Cook Time

10 minutes

Calories

259

Author:

Giada De Laurentiis

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Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 4 ounces thinly sliced pancetta (chopped)
  • 1 large (or 2 small yellow onion, halved and thinly sliced)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt (divided)
  • 2/3 cup whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3/4 cup shredded gruyere
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest (from 1/2 lemon)
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 pound pasta, such as Mezze Millerighe
  • Lots of fresh coarsely ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped chives

Instructions

  1. As seen on: Giada in Italy, Episode 4. Dino's Pasta Factory.
  2. Heat the oil in a heavy large frying pan over medium heat. Add the pancetta and sauté until it is brown and crisp, about 8 minutes. Remove the pancetta from the pan and cool. Add the onions to the pan and cook for 10 minutes or until golden brown and lightly caramelized. Add the garlic and 1/2 teaspoon salt and cook 2 minutes more. Set aside to cool slightly. In a large bowl, whisk the cream, remaining salt, parmesan, the gruyere, lemon zest and eggs to blend.
  3. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until it is just tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 8 to 10 minutes. Drain reserving 1 cup of pasta water. Add the pasta back to the pan along with the onions, cream mixture, 1/4 cup pasta water and pancetta. Toss over low heat until the sauce coats the pasta thickly adding pasta water as needed, about 2 minutes (do not boil). Season the pasta to taste with pepper. Transfer the pasta to a large wide serving bowl. Sprinkle with chives and serve.

Nutrition

Nutrition

Nutrition Serving Size
14
per serving
Calories
259
Amount/Serving % Daily Value
Carbs
25 grams
Protein
11 grams
Fat
12 grams
Saturated Fat
6 grams
Cholestrol
81 milligrams
Sodium
194 milligrams
Fiber
1 grams
Sugar
1 grams
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1 comment

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    Tanya Doucette

    Suggestion for replacing the whipping cream with something else? I’m lactose intolerant and that would not work for me, the cheese I can manage around. Thanks!

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