The Silkiest Carbonara

Pasta for brunch? With a cheesy egg sauce, why not?

INGREDIENTS (4 TO 6 SERVINGS)

  • ¼ pound guanciale (salt-cured pork jowl) or pancetta, cut into ⅓-inch cubes
  • 7 large egg yolks
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 pound rigatoni
  • Kosher salt
  • ½ cup finely grated Pecorino or Parmesan, plus more for garnish
  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper (or ¾ teaspoon freshly ground green peppercorns plus ¾ teaspoon freshly ground pink peppercorns plus ½ teaspoon freshly ground white peppercorns), plus more

PREPARATION

Cook guanciale in a large skillet over medium-low heat, stirring frequently, until fat renders but guanciale is not browned, about 5 minutes. Pour into a fine-mesh sieve set over a small bowl; reserve drippings. Transfer guanciale to a large bowl and let cool slightly. Add egg yolks and egg to bowl; whisk to blend.

Meanwhile, cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water, stirring occasionally, until al dente. Drain, reserving ½ cup pasta cooking liquid.

Immediately add rigatoni, 2 Tbsp. pasta cooking liquid, and 1 tsp. guanciale drippings to egg mixture; toss to coat. Working in 3 batches, gradually add ½ cup Pecorino, stirring and tossing to melt between batches. Add 2 tsp. black pepper; toss until sauce thickens, adding more pasta water by tablespoonfuls if needed. Season with salt and pepper.

Divide among bowls. Garnish with Pecorino.

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