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I can’t believe it’s the last day of NaBloPoMo, and I’ve actually made it through. 1 post every day – and it’s been a hectic month!! And now, I’m thinking I’m going to take a break, but I still have so much to share!! I thought that I’d be able to clear out all of those photos out of my “to blog” folder, but there are still so many!! And I have a new Cookbook of the Month to announce tomorrow (I’m so excited for December’s book!!) So maybe you won’t be getting a break from me, but at least I won’t feel the pressure of blogging every day anymore!

Today’s recipe is a Cookbook of the Month recipe. I decided that I couldn’t cook from an Italian cookbook and not feature at least 1 pasta recipe, so in a week where we already had pasta several days, my husband agreed to let me make yet another pasta dish. I was actually leaning towards making risotto, but my husband vetoed that and picked out this pasta dish.

I have never made a proper carbonara dish before. I was really excited about this, even though I know how not good it is for me. But everything in moderation, right?!? This was everything I expected it to be. Rich, creamy, and very flavorful. The store I stopped at didn’t have pancetta, so I substituted thick cut bacon instead. The only other change I made was to use Pecorino Romano instead of Parmesan, because that’s what I had in the fridge. It all came together quite quickly – the most time consuming part is rolling the sausage into little balls. I will definitely make this again!!

Sausage Carbonara
from Jamie’s Italy

4 good-quality Italian Sausages
olive oil
4 slices of thickly cut pancetta, chopped
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 lb. dried linguine
4 large egg yolks
1/2 cup heavy cream
3 1/2 oz. freshly grated Parmesan cheese
zest of 1 lemon
a sprig of fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped
extra virgin olive oil

With a sharp knife, slit the sausage skins lengthwise and pop the meat out. Using wet hands, roll little balls of sausage meat about the size of large marbles and place to one side.

Heat a large frying pan and add a good splash of olive oil. Gently fry the meatballs until golden brown, then add pancetta and continue cooking for a couple of minutes, until golden. Meanwhile, bring a pot of salted water to a boil, add the pasta and cook according to the package.

In a large bowl, whip yolks, cream, half of the Parmesan, lemon zest and parsley. When the pasta is cooked, drain it, reserving a little of the pasta water. Immediately toss the pasta and the egg mixture in the pasta pot. Add the hot sausage and toss everything together. The egg will cook delicately from the heat of the pasta, just enough for it to thicken and not scramble. The sauce should be smooth and silky. if the pasta becomes a little sticky add a few spoonfuls of the reserved cooking water to loosen it slightly. Sprinkle over the rest of the Parmesan, season if necessary, drizzle with extra virgin olive oil, and serve. Eat immediately!

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14 Responses to Cookbook of the Month Recipe – Sausage Carbonara

  1. Kim Stone says:

    I’ve been lusting for this cookbook. Looks as if it’s just as nice as his others. Thanks for posting the recipe.

  2. Katerina says:

    This looks great, I LOVE carbonara! I much prefer it at home though as sometimes the stuff out has cream added and I really like it with just the eggs. I guess I will have to cave and try this recipe even though it does include cream…

  3. Emiline says:

    It sounds really good…so simple. I love pasta with a little bit of lemon.
    What sausage did you use? Like, sweet Italian sausage with the casing on it? I think we might have that, but I’m not sure.

    Congrats on making it through the month! I can’t believe you did that. Looking forward to the next book pick.

  4. Dhanggit says:

    i just had carbonara yesterday..its a dish very simple and yet really good..i often use some bacon..never imagine that using italian sausage will give it a new look!!thanks for dropping by at my site..glad to discover your blog.;i added you up in my blogroll..so expect me to visit you regularly..have a nice day :-)

  5. glamah16 says:

    Oh that looks so good1 Certain Someone cant enough of both sausage and pasta. I hear you on the break. Will miss you, but I’m sure you’ll be back in no time.

  6. Cynthia says:

    So simple but so darn tasty!

  7. LP says:

    Thanks for the comment Deborah! This pasta looks decadent and mighty filling just how I like it.

  8. Liliana says:

    30 posts in 30 days! Congrats!

    I LOVE the cookbook Jamie’s Italy! My 19 year old daughter actually made this dish one night while my husband and I were going out and it turned out delicious! ( I was allowed to taste it) It’s another take on the recipe using the lemon and sausage.

  9. Bellini Valli says:

    This carbonara dish sounds delicious Deborah. the addition of the sausage would make it into a very hearty and comforting meal!

  10. Jenn says:

    That looks SOOO good. What kind of sausages did you use? Were they flavoured?

    I am definitely trying this recipe very soon!


  11. Shandy says:

    You are too wonderful! First, thank you for your comments on my Thanksgiving dinner. . .and my motto is that my door is always open to friends. . .so there you go! Your recipe for carbonara with sausage looks beautiful and as if I could taste the flavors through your picture! Thank you for taking the time to share so many great recipes and thoughts through out the month. I have no idea how you found the time and energy to do this =D

  12. Amanda at Little Foodies says:

    It’s such a good book and I loved the series that went with it. Well done on your whole month of posting. That month went so fast. I remember seeing posts that people would be posting every day and thinking it would be so hard but here we are in December already.

  13. Helene says:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. That recipe looks great.

  14. Kevin says:

    This sounds really good. Sausage, pancetta and parmesan with carbonaran sauce…mmm…

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