Spicy Mama Lil’s Spaghetti alla Carbonara – Video Recipe

Most of the videos I’ve posted so far have been recipes from the cookbook, but not this one. In fact, the recipe for this spicy vegetarian carbonara is on the blog just back in November. I wanted to take advantage of Tim’s outstanding videography to show you exactly how to make it. It is easy to do, but there is a certain amount of timing involved in the crucial step where the pasta is tossed with the eggs, and the video really captures it.

By the way, I’ll sometimes make a one-egg version of this using a single serving of leftover pasta, just being sure to thoroughly reheat it in the skillet. It is one of my favorite late night fresses.

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Posted by Michael Natkin on Monday, April 23rd, 2012 in Cooking Videos, Main Courses, Recipes.

11 Responses to “Spicy Mama Lil’s Spaghetti alla Carbonara – Video Recipe”

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    April 23, 2012 at 9:27 am #

    Mama Lil’s peppers are the best! I love them on pizza and in sandwiches, but have never used them in pasta–great idea. Do you have any other recommendations for them I haven’t thought of yet? I like to eat them as much as possible. 🙂

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    April 23, 2012 at 1:09 pm #

    Oh yum! So many carbonara recipes I find on the net use cream. It’s nice to see a good, simple vegetarian recipe that is close to the original, traditional carbonara recipe. I would love to try this one, I live in Australia and it may be a little difficult to get Mama Lil’s Peppers delivered, I will check on the website. Is there anything I can use as a substitute?

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      April 23, 2012 at 3:46 pm #

      I’m not aware of anything that is really a direct sub for Mama Lil’s, but I guess you could use jarred roasted red peppers or piquillo peppers, add more olive oil, and then add cayenne or another hot pepper to bring in the spice. It won’t be the same, but I’m sure it will be good!

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    April 23, 2012 at 4:57 pm #

    This looks like a great idea, because I know pasta can have a bad reputation because of carbs, but added ingredients in this video looks like it would compensate for the healthiness factor.

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    April 24, 2012 at 6:55 am #

    Great Michael! I made pasta yesterday (come see if you like it), and thanks to this video I know what’s for dinner tonight. Although I am going to use just roasted peppers…
    Also I’ve been making a lot of cornbread following your recipe, well, the ratio on your recipe. I made it with just corn flour and increased baking soda to 1 tsp (that I mixed with 1 tsp of lemon juice), and it’s fantastic. Your recipes are perfect, thanks for sharing it. So far whatever I cooked from your blog came out just wonderful! We love it…:)

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      April 24, 2012 at 8:12 am #

      Your pasta looks lovely! I wouldn’t necessarily use that for carbonara though, carbonara is one of those dishes that really wants to be made with dried pasta not fresh. I find that fresh and dried really have different applications. I’m glad to hear you’ve adopted the cornbread, it is one of my favorite things to eat too.

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    Ben Montgomery
    April 25, 2012 at 9:59 am #

    This recipe looks fantastic. My girlfriend loves pastas so I decided to try this recipe for her. She just decided to try to become a vegetarian so I wanted to show her there is great quality food available for besides the average salad. Thanks for posting such a delicious recipe and opening our eyes to a more fun/healthy/tasty perspective of vegetarianism.

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    April 28, 2012 at 4:50 pm #

    Looks gorgeous. I’ll have to get some Mama Lil’s and try this.

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    May 1, 2012 at 3:24 am #

    Mama Lil’s are one of the best peppers. I use it on pizza’s instead of adding jalapenos. Egg on pasta is rather new to me

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    Chris Kandrat
    May 8, 2012 at 5:12 pm #

    Great video, I enjoy pasta’s alot a grew up with them, but this was something totally new and different, really enjoyed it.

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    June 22, 2012 at 5:49 pm #

    Awesome recipe. I absolutely loved it.
    Here’s a recipe for Fettuccine Carbonara you may like to try.
    link to wascene.com
    Thanks for sharing.

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