Summer Corn Carbonara

Summer Corn Carbonara, MZN

Put pasta water on to boil. Chop 6 slices of BACON in bite-sized pieces, saute until fat has been rendered and the pieces are slightly crispy. Add 1/2 an ONION, finely chop and cook in the bacon fat until golden. Turn the heat down to low.

Remove kernels from 3 ears of CORN with a sharp knife – by standing each ear on its tip and gliding your knife down, parallel to the ear of corn – essentially nicking the tops off of each kernel. Then with the edge of a spoon, scrape down the length of each ear of corn, gathering what I call ‘corn mush.’ This ‘mush’ contains the richest flavors of corn, so scrape away until the ears are dry. This can be messy, but being especially diligent has great rewards. Add the kernels and mush to the pan with bacon and onion and warm through, being sure to scrape up all the goodness that crisping bacon leaves behind, then turn off the heat.

In a bowl, beat together 2 EGGS, 1/4 cup of grated PARMESAN, 1/8 cup of HEAVY CREAM, and PEPPER.

Cook the SPAGHETTI in salted water, checking about 2 minutes before it’s al dente and remove 1/4 cup of pasta water, before draining. Turn the pan with the bacon on high and add the pasta to the pan, tossing to coat, adding some pasta water if necessary to keep the pasta from sticking together. Once the pan is hot again, remove from heat and add the egg mixture, tossing everything until the spaghetti is evenly coated in the carbonara. Top with GROUND NUTMEG and GROUND BLACK PEPPER.

Serves Two.

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