When it comes to impressing a date, my philosophy is simpler is better. Once you go all out with the flashy touches, it’s not only easier for things to not go according to plan, but then you’re automatically set the bar a little too high. A home cooked meal is a fantastic way to impress your guest, and this classic pasta recipe is rich, comforting and dare I say, sexy too.
I suggest pairing this dish with a crisp white wine like a Chablis or Pinot Grigio. If you prefer red, look for something very light, such as a Pinot Noir or Chianti.
Date Night Spaghetti Carbonara For Two
4 ounces uncooked spaghetti
1 teaspoon olive oil
2 slices uncooked bacon, chopped
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 garlic clove, minced
1 egg, room temperature
1/2 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
Ground black pepper and fresh chopped parsley, for serving
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Once boiling, add a big pinch of salt then add spaghetti. Cook as directed on the package until al dente, about 8-10 minutes. Drain into colander.
While the pasta is cooking, heat olive oil in a large skillet. Once hot, add the bacon and onion. Cook the bacon until crispy and onions are softened, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook 1 minute.
Remove from the heat and add the hot, cooked spaghetti. Stir until the noodles are coated.
In a small bowl, whisk together the egg and cheese. Make a well in the middle of the spaghetti and add the egg mixture, mixing quickly until the egg is cooked. Keep stirring to avoid scrambling the egg. Serve with black pepper and parsley on top.