RECIPE

Corny Carbonara

This recipe originally appeared on the Rachael Ray Show. For more recipes and videos from the show visit RachaelRayShow.com.

Ingredients

  • 4 ears corn on the cob
  • 2 tablespoons EVOO – Extra Virgin Olive OIl
  • 1/3 pound meaty pancetta or bacon, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 6 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • Scallions, thinly sliced on an angle, whites and greens separated
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon red chili flakes
  • 4 organic egg yolks
  • 1 pound semolina or corn pasta, such as campanelle curls or farfalle
  • Grated Pecorino cheese, about 1 cup freshly grated plus more to pass at table
  • A handful flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped

Preparation

Bring a large pot of water to a boil for the pasta. 

Shuck corn and trim the bottom of the ears. Set a small bowl upside down in a large bowl, balance each ear of corn on the smaller bowl for stability and scrape the kernels and milk off the cob with sharp knife; the larger bowl will catch the kernels. 

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat with EVOO, 2 turns of the pan. When the oil is hot, add the pancetta or bacon and season with a little coarse black pepper. Render to golden brown, remove to plate with a slotted spoon. Return pan to heat and melt butter. Add corn, season with salt and red chili flakes, and lightly brown and caramelize, 5-6 minutes. 

Salt pasta water and drop pasta. 

Add garlic and whites of onions to corn and stir a minute or 2. 

In a bowl, whisk up the egg yolks. Slowly whisk in a full cup of hot, starchy boiling water to temper the yolks; whisk in cheese. 

Drain pasta and toss with corn, reserved pancetta or bacon and parsley. Top with scallion greens and serve. 

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