2 t olive oil
4 oz thinly sliced pancetta, chopped
2 t minced garlic
2 1/2 c whipping cream
1 c freshly grated Parmesan
8 large egg yolks
1/4 c chopped fresh basil leaves
1/4 c chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves
1 lb spaghetti
4 c coarsely shredded chicken (from 1 roasted chicken)
Freshly ground black pepper
1/2 c chopped walnuts, toasted
1 T finely grated lemon peel
Heat the oil in a heavy large frying pan over medium heat. Add the pancetta and garlic and saute until it is brown and crisp, about 8 minutes. Cool slightly.
In a large bowl, whisk together the cream, cheese, yolks, basil, and parsley to blend. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the spaghetti and cook until it is just tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes. Drain.
Add the chicken to the pan with the pancetta and stir to combine. Next, add the spaghetti and the cream mixture and toss over medium-low heat until the chicken is heated through and the sauce coats the spaghetti thickly, about 4 minutes (do not boil or you might end up scrambling the eggs). Season the pasta, to taste, with pepper and salt if needed (the pancetta will likely add all the salt you need). Transfer the pasta to a large wide serving bowl. Sprinkle the walnuts and lemon zest over, and serve.
Time: 1 hour Serves: 8-10
This recipe is really easy and is soooo good. The lemon zest and walnuts make it seem like a lighter recipe to me, but don't kid yourself, this is very rich. Reheat leftovers in a frying pan with milk to retain the moisture. This is a Giada DeLaurentiis recipe.