Ingredients

3 quarts water
4 tablespoons olive oil
5 tablespoons diced pancetta or bacon
4 garlic cloves, thickly sliced
� teaspoon red pepper flakes
4 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley, divided
� cup white wine
� cup Chicken Stock (see link)
2 egg yolks
5 tablespoons freshly grated Pecorino Romano cheese
? teaspoon black pepper
� cup pasta cooking water (from above)
1 pound (450g) pasta – tortellini or tortiglioni

Directions

1. Bring the water for the pasta to a boil in a large pot.
2. In a large saute pan, heat the oil over medium-high heat until sizzling, about 2 minutes. Add the pancetta and cook for 1 minute. Stir in the garlic, red pepper flakes and 2 tablespoons of the parsley. Cook for 2 minutes.
3. Pour in the wine and boil until reduced by half, about 4-5 minutes. Add the chicken stock and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium and cook, uncovered, for 10 minutes. The consistency should be thick enough to coat the pasta.
4. Cook the pasta in the boiling water until just tender.
5. Mix the egg yolks in a medium bowl with the Romano cheese, black pepper and the remaining parsley. Just before the pasta is finished cooking, slowly whisk � cup of the hot pasta water into the egg yolk mixture, beating vigorously to prevent scrambled eggs. Set aside.
6. Drain the pasta well and return to the pot. Pour the cooked sauce over the pasta, tossing well, over medium heat until well coated. Add the mixture and quickly toss-don’t keep the on the heat more than 1 minute. Remove from the heat and keep tossing until the egg yolks are cooked and the pasta is well coated.

The name of this dish translates literally into “pasta of the coal miner.” I think that’s because its full-bodied flavor is the perfect restorative following a long and exhausting day. It’s been popular throughout Italy for centuries, especially with a glass of good wine. Just one word of warning: after eating this meal for lunch, don’t even think about going back to work immediately. Save it for savoring as the perfect ending to a hard day or as lunch for a lazy afternoon on your day off.

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