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Chef and Owner Paolo Sparvoli - Ristorante Casa Mia, Tolentino, Italy

Preparation time 5-7 minutes
Cooking time approximately 10 minutes
Serves 1

  • 90 g spaghetti (preferably De Cecco or La Molisana)
  • 40 g diced guanciale(pork cheek), cubed pancetta or streaky bacon may be substituted
  • 40 g grated pecorino cheese
  • 40 g grated parmigiana
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp heavy cream
  • 20 g grated zucchini
  • 1 small scallion finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • salt & pepper
  • 10-12 g fresh black summer truffle (seasonal fresh truffles recommended but if not preserved whole truffles may be substituted)

Cook the spaghetti in a large pot with salted water (coarse salt is recommended) for 8-9 minutes.

Meanwhile saute the guanciale, zucchini, scallion with a drizzle of olive oil over low heat for 3 minutes stirring occasionally.

In a small bowl combine the egg, cheese, cream and salt & pepper to taste and whisk together with a fork.

Strain the pasta while al dente, add to the pan where the guanciale was sauteed and cook for 1 minute mixing gently but thoroughly with a wooden spoon. Turn off the fire, stir in the egg mixture. Continue to cook over low flame for 2 minutes gently stirring (the egg should be lightly cooked not scrambled).

Serve the pasta in a bowl and garnish with shaved truffles.

Buon Appetito!

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