Tantalizing starchy side dishes, with California wine pairings by Marlene Rossman
Todd Stein, executive chef, formerly of Cibo Matto, Chicago, http://cibomatto.therestaurantsatthewit.com Yield: 1 serving 6 oz. bucatini pasta 1 T. extra virgin olive oil 4 oz. pancetta, sliced into 1/4” cubes 2 T. Pecorino Romano cheese, freshly grated, plus more for serving 1 t. cracked black pepper, plus more for serving Salt, as needed 2 T. parsley, coarsely chopped 1 duck egg yolk Method (1) In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the pasta until al dente. Drain, reserving 3 T. cooking water. (2) Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat the oil. Add the pancetta, and cook over moderate heat until most of the fat has been rendered, 7 minutes. (3) Add the hot pasta to the skillet, and stir to coat, 1 minute. Remove from heat. Stir in the reserved pasta cooking water, Pecorino Romano and cracked black pepper. (4) Season with salt, put the pasta into a bowl, and sprinkle with parsley, and garnish with more pepper and cheese. Place duck egg yolk on top of pasta, and serve. Wine pairing: A rich prep needs a big wine, and the hearty “Cal-Ital” Guglielmo Sangiovese Private Reserve 2007 (California) can stand up to the pancetta, Pecorino and duck egg. Though this bucatini dish seems simple, the quality of ingredients and the care of preparation take this perfectly al dente side pasta over the top.
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