Tagliolini carbonara

Preparation time
30 mins to 1 hour

Cooking time
10 to 30 mins

Serves
Serves 4

By Matt Tebbutt

Ingredients

For the pasta

  • 300g/11oz ’00’ flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 200g/7¼oz semolina flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 3 free-range eggs
  • 4 free-range egg yolks

For the salad

  • 400g /14oz heritage tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 ball mozzarella, torn into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil leaves
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the carbonara

  • 100g/4oz smoked pork cheek, diced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 free-range eggs, plus 1 free-range egg yolk, beaten
  • 150g/5½oz Parmesan, grated
  • 150g/5½oz pecorino, grated
  • freshly ground black pepper

Method

  1. To make the pasta, put the flours in a food processor and pulse to combine. Add the whole eggs and yolks and keep blending until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. (It shouldn’t be dusty, nor should it be a big, gooey ball.) This takes 2–3 minutes.

  2. Tip out the dough onto a lightly floured work surface and form into a ball. Knead it briskly for 1 minute. (It should be quite stiff and hard to work with.) Wrap in cling film and leave to rest in a cool place for 30 minutes.

  3. Dust the surface, the pasta and the rolling pin with flour to prevent it sticking. Flatten the dough with the palm of your hand, then roll the pasta out using a heavy wooden rolling pin. (A pasta machine could also be used.) You can do this in two halves, covering the remaining half in cling film to stop it drying out.

  4. When the dough is thin enough to see your fingers through it, cut into long 2–3mm wide strips.

  5. Separate into individual pieces and toss with dried semolina or a little more flour to prevent the pasta sticking to itself. Cook in boiling salted water for 3–5 minutes, depending on the thickness of the pasta.

  6. To make the salad, mix together the tomatoes, basil and mozzarella in a bowl. Mix together the olive oil and vinegar in a separate bowl, season with salt and pepper and add to the tomatoes.

  7. To make the carbonara, heat the olive oil in a large frying pan and cook the pork cheek until golden. Turn off the heat. Mix the eggs and cheese in a bowl.

  8. Drain the fresh pasta and add to the pan with the egg and cheese mixture and toss together well. The heat from the spaghetti will be sufficient to partly cook the egg, but still leave it moist and creamy. Season to taste with black pepper and serve.