So you remember my Heritage Turkey that I brought in for my co-workers on Black Friday? That tasty, juicy bird? One of my co-workers so enjoyed that meal that as thanks he brought me a dozen farm fresh eggs from his parent's chickens. As you can see above, the brown egg dwarfs the supposedly large grocery store egg. I knew I had to do something fun with these luscious gifts. I decided to make Pasta Carbonara and not just any carbonara, a Peppery Pasta Carbonara with Poached Egg. I would even make the pasta from scratch. All with the help from my new leetle friend....
It's a well known fact that I love my Kitchen Aid stand mixer. It's a workhorse in the kitchen, making whipped cream and kneading dough at a moment's notice. I didn't have the pasta roller attachments in my mixer arsenal because I just didn't see myself using it that much since it was limited to sheet pastas. This new attachment? This one makes spaghetti, two sizes of macaroni, Bucatini, Rigatoni and Fusilli. It's a giant pasta Playdoh toy for big culinary kids. How fun is that?
I've never made fresh spaghetti before so I decided to use a simple recipe out of Alice Water's Pasta cookbook that consists of 1 cup of flour, 1 beaten egg, salt and just a smidgen of water that you mix, knead and then let rest. The dough came out of the machine in long beautiful strands. They were just as beautiful coming out of hot pot of water.
How beautiful is that egg? You can't get a smoother sauce than a poached farm fresh egg. It's so silky on your tongue. The pasta is tender and yet still toothsome (hehe) and smoky from the bacon. A great backdrop to the luxurious egg and another great chapter in the story of the Heritage Turkey that just keeps on giving.