Another night for pantry cooking. If you’ve been playing along and have a well-stocked pantry, the only thing you’ll need to buy to make tonight’s recipe is bacon or pancetta, and chances are, you just may have some on hand. I happened to have some leftover from Saturday night’s Colcannon, so I was set.
Tonight’s recipe is a bit unusual. Cinnamon Pancetta Carbonara is a riff on the more traditional Spaghetti Carbonara with a little extra subtle flavor coming from the addition of the cinnamon. The recipe originally comes from Giada DeLaurentiis. Two years ago, we had a “Something with Cinnamon” theme at my old Supper Club, and this was one of the dishes we feasted on. That was definitely one of my favorite themes for Supper Club, because it brought out tons of savory dishes that you might not have tried otherwise. I mean, really, who ever heard of pasta with cinnamon? One bite two years ago, and I was hooked, and the recipe quickly got elevated to OMG status.
I’ve found, because of the addition of cinnamon, people either love it or hate it, so I wouldn’t suggest making it for company. The Husband happens to love it, along with me, but my Dad didn’t. Mom was on the fence. But don’t let that scare you awar. Do try it. You just may surprise yourself. Brave enough to take it for a whirl? You can find the recipe right here.
P.S. Don’t forget to join in the fun for tomorrow’s ARF/5-A-Day round-up.