Risotto Carbonara

This récipe was taken from Delia Smith’s How to Cook Book One.
If you like Spaghetti Carbonara, you’ll love this!

You’ll see by my own photos that I didn’t use Delia’s oven method, but did it all on top of the stove.

450ml carnaroli rice (arroz bomba – yo usé arroz “Nomen Risotto”)
250g cubetti pancetta or chopped bacon (tiras de beícon)
50g butter (mantequilla)
2 medium onions, peeled and finely chopped (cebollas)
1,450ml chicken or vegetable stock (caldo Gallina Blanca, brik)
150g finely grated Pecorino Romano, plus some extra for sprinkling (queso Pecorino o Grana Padano)
2 large eggs (huevos enteros)
4 large egg yolks (yemas de huevo)
2 heaped tablespoons crème fraiche (I used Greek Yoghurt / yogur griego)
Salt and freshly milled black pepper (sal y pimienta)

You will also need a round ovenproof dish with a diameter of 23 cm, 5 cm deep, placed in the oven when it’s pre-heated.
Pre-heat the oven to 150°C.
First of all, in a large, hot frying pan over a medium heat, fry the pancetta or bacon in its own fat for 4-5 minutes, until it’s crisp and golden and then remove it to a plate.

Next add the butter to the pan, then the onion, turn the heat down to gentle and let the onion soften in the butter for about 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat the stock in a small saucepan. Then return the pancetta or bacon to the frying pan and, after that, stir in the rice and move it around until all the grains get a good coating of the buttery juices. Now add the hot stock to the rice, along with some salt and freshly milled black pepper.

Let it all come up to a gentle simmer, then transfer the whole lot to the warmed dish, stir it once and then bake, without covering, on the centre shelf of the oven and set a timer for 20 minutes.

When the time is up, gently stir in the Pecorino, folding and turning the rice grains over and then set the timer for a further 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, whisk the egg, egg yolks and crème fraiche (or Greek Yoghurt) together, then remove the risotto from the oven and gently stir in this mixture, making sure it is well mixed. Leave the risotto for about 2 minutes, by which time the eggs and crème fraîche will have thickened – but no longer, as it will get too thick.

Serve on warm plates with some more Pecorino Romano sprinkled over.


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