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Eatsy: Summer Carbonara

Jun 16, 2010

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Once a week Etsy worker bees gather ’round our handmade farm tables to dig into seasonal dishes. We call this gathering Eatsy, and by far, it’s the best day at the office. Kitty Greenwald, cook and author, makes these dishes from scratch and the menu changes weekly. Eatsy’s objectives are simple: apply Etsy’s handmade values to food and provide the Brooklyn crew with a nourishing, communal meal. This is no different than what many of you do with friends and family in your homes. Eatsy strives to create a similar environment in the workplace, and we want to give you all a taste of Kitty’s amazing cooking. Here she is to share her tips for sourcing locally grown food and a recipe to boot.

Eatsy_splitpea.jpgPeas are on my brain. They’ve been knocking around there since first spotted at the Greenmarkets a few weeks ago. Immediately incorporated into an Eatsy menu, they were braised with green garlic and tossed into a romaine salad with creamy dressing. But, thinking of a recipe to share with you here on the blog proved trickier. Fresh peas are a sexy ingredient (at least to me) but shelling them requires extra prep and any posted recipe should merit such effort, at least I hope it should. Of course there are plenty of delicious pea recipes, don’t get me wrong, but the one I want to share has to have undeniable, mass appeal.

The other day I was hungry and only eggs and bacon would do. I’ll spare you the details of my appetite’s (and maybe brain’s…) inner workings, and simply say the answer jumped off the plate. Creamy, egg-y, cheesy spaghetti would wrap around salty bacon and sweet little peas in a truly comforting and utterly delish dish. It would be neither too saucy, nor sweet, nor salty. Below is the recipe and, if I do say so myself, it has lived up to my every expectation. I hope you agree and enjoy. Please do let me know if you don’t.

Carbonara is a classic Roman pasta dish made with eggs, pecorino, and cured pork — traditionally it’s made with guanciale but pancetta and bacon are often substituted. This version is enlivened with fresh peas and thinly sliced scapes, the twisty, twirly green shoots that spring from garlic plants (for more on scapes and an extra recipe, check out Dorrie Greenspan’s blog post). I used Hudson Valley Duck Farm’s fatty duck prosciutto because I tasted so many addictive samples at the Carroll Gardens Farmer’s Market that it had to come home with me — so it was my substitute for guanciale or pancetta. As for the other ingredients, the beautiful produce came from Lani’s Farm in Bordentown, N.J. and the fresh, fresh eggs from Fishkill Farms.

Eatsy_peaseggsbaconpastascapes1.jpgSummer Carbonara
Serves 4-6

4 eggs
2 yolks
1/2 cup fresh ricotta
5 tablespoons olive oil
6 ounces cured bacon, guanciale, pancetta or duck prosciutto, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 lb. spaghetti
3/4 cups sweet, shucked peas
1 cup grated pecorino cheese
1/4 cup thinly sliced scapes
Fresh ground black pepper

In a small bowl, beat the eggs, yolks and ricotta together.

Place a large sauté pan over low heat and cook the bacon with the olive oil until just crisped and lightly browned. Remove the pan from the heat and set aside; if it’s too hot and the bacon continues cooking, swirl the pan to cool it down.


Meanwhile, fill a deep pot with water and bring it to a rapid boil. Season with 1 tablespoon of salt and drop in the pasta. One minute before the pasta is al dente, add the peas. Once the pasta is just al dente, scoop out 1-cup of the pasta water and set aside. Immediately, drain the pasta and peas.

Shake off any extra water from the pasta and peas and slide them into the pan with the bacon. Return the pan to its former burner (there should still be enough heat coming from the burner, even though it’s turned off, to gently cook the eggs and cheese). Pour the egg/ricotta mixture over the pasta. Then fold in the pecorino and scapes and season with salt and pepper.

Moving quickly, mix all the ingredients together until just combined. If the sauce needs loosening, add just enough of the reserved water to the pan so all the pasta is lightly coated in sauce. Serve immediately and top with extra grated cheese.

About Kitty Greenwald, a cook and food writer living in Brooklyn: 

I’ve cooked in New York, California, France, Italy and Portugal, been involved in Slow Food Nation, The Smithsonian Folk Life Festival: Food Culture USA, curated Slow Film Night at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and am currently collaborating with the great Grahame Weinbren for the SJ01 Biennial. I’ve written and contributed recipes to Real Simple, National Geographic’s Food Journeys of a Lifetime and the San Jose Mercury News. My first cookbook (just released!), Life’s Too Short to Chop Onions, published by Reader’s Digest, is a collection of handy-dandy easy recipes — you can find it on Amazon or through an independent bookseller. Happily, part of my week is devoted to Eatsy, a locally sourced and seasonal meal that I plan and prepare for the good people of Etsy. Here on the Blog, I’ll share recipes and chat with you about all things homemade and edible.

Do you support your local farmers’ market? Tell us about your recipes in the comments and share links to Flickr photos. Let’s make everyone hungry!

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  • AmityUK Admin

    AmityUK said 6 years ago

    *gasp* Yum.

  • bylynnkrestel

    bylynnkrestel said 6 years ago

    you are killing me..i am really hungry now!! and should be working! ; ) lovely article! and recipe!!

  • Hammermann

    Hammermann said 6 years ago

    I have to try the Summer Carbonara, it looks delicious!

  • OrangeistheSun

    OrangeistheSun said 6 years ago

    three cheers for locally grown food!!

  • bklynstitch

    bklynstitch said 6 years ago

    Yum! I'll have to try this recipe.

  • edithandeddie

    edithandeddie said 6 years ago

    Mmm I can't wait to try this!

  • aBreathofFrenchair

    aBreathofFrenchair said 6 years ago


  • HelenesDreams

    HelenesDreams said 6 years ago

    Thanks for the receipe, I am going to have to try this!

  • GoldenPondStudio

    GoldenPondStudio said 6 years ago

    I can't wait to try this! Thanks so much for sharing it :O)

  • Fibrillaria

    Fibrillaria said 6 years ago

    We have been eating peas upon peas upon peas here on the farm, but this I have not yet tried, maybe I will tonight!

  • Kosmika

    Kosmika said 6 years ago

    Ehm.. not a real 'carbonara', but a yummy recipie as well! :) I'll try this soon...

  • birdie1

    birdie1 said 6 years ago

    Carbonara ~ one of my all-time favorite dishes! Thank you so much for sharing :D

  • yaelfran

    yaelfran said 6 years ago

    mmmm!!!!!!!! Thanks!!!!!

  • katieblue

    katieblue said 6 years ago

    MMMMM... I'm getting hungry just thinking about it.

  • recycledwares

    recycledwares said 6 years ago

    more delicious food to make - yummy. thanks.

  • candacejean

    candacejean said 6 years ago

    Tummy rumblings. Hungry for my lunch. Hey I have a great idea! Kitty Greenwald should try her hand at making a vegan dish. Mmm. I'll bet it would be delicious. And pretty. And I will make it. :) And links to Flickr photos, you ask? After farmer's market one day I ate sun ripe raspberries and a plate of fresh-baked blue cornbread with flour from the market; warm with 'butter' and agave nectar. Ommm num num num.

  • HoldTheWire

    HoldTheWire said 6 years ago

    I was a little hungry, now I'm starving! Looks great!

  • dollybirdboutique

    dollybirdboutique said 6 years ago

    Yum one of my fav dishes x

  • NotYoMommasHandbag

    NotYoMommasHandbag said 6 years ago

    YUM! smiles.

  • Relydesign

    Relydesign said 6 years ago

    mmmm yummy.... looks great!!!

  • Tidepools

    Tidepools said 6 years ago

    Creamy, cheesy, salty! Yum!

  • honeypunk1

    honeypunk1 said 6 years ago

    tasty.. mmm.. ))

  • louloudo

    louloudo said 6 years ago

    mmmmmmmmmmmmmm yum yum yum I love fresh peas!

  • muffintopdesigns

    muffintopdesigns said 6 years ago

    you are brutally tempting. thanks for this!

  • squid21r

    squid21r said 6 years ago

    Oooooooooo everything looks soo goodd!!!! I'm hungry now...

  • Raceytay

    Raceytay said 6 years ago

    Oh snap that looks delicious!

  • threedeluxe

    threedeluxe said 6 years ago


  • vintagehomerecycled

    vintagehomerecycled said 6 years ago

    Recipes in the storque? Yes please!

  • MinaLucia

    MinaLucia said 6 years ago

    Cannot wait to try this. I have fond memories of carbonara! I never wanted to learn as it is not terrible healthy but it is worth it! Thanks for posting. Nice pics too.

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 6 years ago

    Looks great!

  • omnatura

    omnatura said 6 years ago

    Hi! Carbonara is considered a winter dish in the north of Italy where I come from, but this new interpretation sure makes my mouth water!!!!

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry said 6 years ago

    That looks mighty tasty!

  • CarryTheWord

    CarryTheWord said 6 years ago


  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage said 6 years ago

    oh oh oh! thanks for the recipe. i love cooking!!!

  • saintesmariesjewelry

    saintesmariesjewelry said 6 years ago

    great pics... good thing I just ate!

  • contempojewels

    contempojewels said 6 years ago


  • hobbytime

    hobbytime said 6 years ago

    it looks delicious!

  • gresu

    gresu said 6 years ago

    my easy lunch backup is always pasta, peas, olive oil with salt and pepper. Never tried it with an egg! Sounds delish.

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat said 6 years ago

    Oooh, I LOVE carbonara, whatever odds & ends I throw into it! :-)

  • honeyblossomstudio

    honeyblossomstudio said 6 years ago

    Sounds yummy....and so does that wasabi pea brittle!

  • gufobardo

    gufobardo said 6 years ago

    what type of carbonara is it? is it italian carbonara? uhm....

  • breadandroses2

    breadandroses2 said 6 years ago

    Shelling farm fresh peas is absolutely worth the effort, plus it's fun! If you're lactose intolerant or vegan, substituting tofu for ricotta & other dairy products works great.

  • BrianaEdelmanDesigns

    BrianaEdelmanDesigns said 6 years ago

    Oh no, now I'm really hungry......I'll be making that tonight! Thanks!

  • emilybidwell Admin

    emilybidwell said 6 years ago

    The egg makes this dish totally dreamy!

  • PinkSenorita

    PinkSenorita said 6 years ago

    This recipes looks good! I think that I will be trying, but I had a question, what is Pecorino Cheese and where can I find it? Thanks again for sharing!

  • fibrefelt

    fibrefelt said 6 years ago

    Sounds sooooo delicious - I haven't tried carbonara made with ricotta & by coincidence, I just bought some today & can't wait to try out the recipe. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • gufobardo

    gufobardo said 6 years ago

    Pecorino? in Italy, in Sardinia, here I live of course, Carbonara is an italian recipe,with pasta, eggs, pecorino, pancetta, only these ingredients!

  • figurinesbyingrid

    figurinesbyingrid said 6 years ago

    I love Carbonara! Thank you for this post! I am definitely going to try this recipe. Looks delicious :)

  • voleurdebijoux

    voleurdebijoux said 6 years ago

    delisshhh....I could eat a whole bowl of this! :)

  • JennieFrances

    JennieFrances said 6 years ago

    This does look good! Mmm, maybe tonight.

  • SatinandBirch

    SatinandBirch said 6 years ago

    A family that eats together, stays together.! I hop on a plane and just test out the new dish.

  • BesemNaturalScents

    BesemNaturalScents said 6 years ago

    sounds delicious! It is now on my menu for this weekend!

  • poplovedesigns

    poplovedesigns said 6 years ago

    That wasabi pea-brittle looks delish! <3 Andrea

  • 2gorditas

    2gorditas said 6 years ago

    This is a great idea for dinner tonight!

  • undermyfeet

    undermyfeet said 6 years ago

    WOW you're making me hungry!

  • tomatored

    tomatored said 6 years ago

    sounds delicious!

  • pamwares

    pamwares said 6 years ago

    they just released the Top Chef line (a huge fan) and it looks like many people have peas on the mind! Several chefs listed peas as a favorite! Go peas! Lovely storque!

  • bonniemurrayoils

    bonniemurrayoils said 6 years ago

    Sounds wonderful. I have a low-fat version which uses some evaporated milk and a little mayo (believe it or not) and surprisingly is very good. If anyone is interested I will post on my blog. Convo me!

  • LuRuUniques

    LuRuUniques said 6 years ago

    Wish I like to cook..sounds good.

  • WhiteEarthStudio

    WhiteEarthStudio said 6 years ago

    I just got our first fresh peas from the farmers market last week! Yum!! Going to try the Carbonara recipe. Thank you

  • soulmessenger

    soulmessenger said 6 years ago

    Makin' it for dinner tonight!

  • amoronia

    amoronia said 6 years ago

    I love this!!!!!!!!!!! More food posts please!!!!!!!!!!!

  • TeenAngster Admin

    TeenAngster said 6 years ago

    I kind of suck at cooking and I want to try this. Looks so delicious!

  • ArtisticIntentions

    ArtisticIntentions said 6 years ago

    Yum! Sounds good!!

  • thelittlemarket

    thelittlemarket said 6 years ago

    Love these Eatsy posts!! The recipes are 5 star!

  • RainyPenguinVintage

    RainyPenguinVintage said 6 years ago

    Kitty, This looks sooooo delicious. I've actually been looking for inspiration with what to do with peas since they're in season right now. Excellent idea. It's funny to see this post on there, by the way, because along with my regular office job, I also work weekends at farmers' market (and that's on top of my etsy shop). Anyways, it's funny when you see all your interests come together. Jeanne RainyPenguinVintage

  • jessiemccann

    jessiemccann said 6 years ago


  • TheBrassHussy

    TheBrassHussy said 6 years ago

    ohh yeah, love carbonara! Anything with bacon is irresistable!

  • thewildplum

    thewildplum said 6 years ago

    Yum!!! Thanks! I was wondering what to make for dinner!!!

  • dawgface

    dawgface said 6 years ago

    this is the kind of food that almost makes me reconsider being vegan.

  • candyalicedesigns

    candyalicedesigns said 6 years ago

    I think this sounds amazing!

  • elizabethwrenvintage

    elizabethwrenvintage said 6 years ago

    mmmmmmmmm : ) so glad you shared!

  • akcArt

    akcArt said 6 years ago


  • Floralina

    Floralina said 6 years ago

    Why go out when there are so many inspiring dishes such as this Summer Carbonara YUMMY. I just LOVE to cook I have over 50 cook books. I highly recommend Culinaria Italy as it has ton's of authentic Italian dishes from different regions of the country.

  • tuto

    tuto said 6 years ago

    Easy recipe, delicious...Thanks

  • daniellesdesign10

    daniellesdesign10 said 6 years ago

    OMG! everything looks soooooo yummy. I am sooo hungry right now. These are great meal ideas!

  • BambuEarth

    BambuEarth said 6 years ago


  • RiverBazaar

    RiverBazaar said 6 years ago

    Pasta, cheese, and a smidge of salty pancetta (etc) with the addition of tasty little peas, oh please, I will have a bowl of that!

  • pineappleaisle

    pineappleaisle said 6 years ago

    Will try this out, mahalo for the recipe!

  • daisyberry

    daisyberry said 6 years ago

    Looks delicious, thanks for the recipe!

  • jbeaudet

    jbeaudet said 6 years ago

    What a fun idea! That looks so yummy! :)

  • shellsherree

    shellsherree said 6 years ago

    Simple, fresh and nutritious and with such delicious descriptions ~ thanks so much, Kitty! Bon appetit to us all!

  • CraftedByMei

    CraftedByMei said 6 years ago

    I had Carbonara yesterday, with plenty of sausages!

  • trillity

    trillity said 6 years ago

    Yummy yummy yummy in my tummy! Love the creativity in this dish! I'll have to try it minus the bacon (vegetarian here!), plus some other yummy goodness.

  • KnittingOleBag

    KnittingOleBag said 6 years ago

    Love pasta must try out this recipe. Thaks for sharing.

  • yoshibearstudio

    yoshibearstudio said 6 years ago

    What a great (read: yummy) way to get your kids to eat peas...yummmm!!

  • cocokato

    cocokato said 6 years ago

    love the pictures. especially poped out peas! yummy

  • VintageJamie

    VintageJamie said 6 years ago

    Wow! Carbonara is one of my favorite pasta foods. Thank you for the recipe. :)

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 6 years ago

    Gosh this looks gorgeous, I'd eat carbonara but its actually quite high in fat sadly.

  • CorsoItalia

    CorsoItalia said 6 years ago

    Good good Italy,other recipes with spaghetti,eggs,pancetta,parmigiano,panna,black pepper...enjoy your meal!!

  • KellysKeepsakes

    KellysKeepsakes said 6 years ago

    That picture looks delicious! Thanks for the yummy recipe!

  • JustBakin

    JustBakin said 6 years ago

    Yum!!!! Looks like dinner tonight!

  • katherynmd

    katherynmd said 6 years ago

    Wonderful article! Hope to see more food items on front page as a seller of coffees/teas this is a start. TY

  • FloweryDeer

    FloweryDeer said 6 years ago

    Yum yum~!!!

  • unepromesse

    unepromesse said 6 years ago

    Delicious! I had my first Carbonara in Verona - crossing my fingers that when I try making it, it'll be just as delicious. Thanks for the recipe!

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm said 6 years ago

    Hmmm looks fabulous delish~

  • bhangtiez

    bhangtiez said 6 years ago

    Yummy...............looks delicioso!

  • shopgoodgrace

    shopgoodgrace said 6 years ago

    Wonderful! Thanks for sharing once again. :)

  • MoniCandles

    MoniCandles said 6 years ago

    Looks so de-lish!!!!!!!

  • ohbabydotcom

    ohbabydotcom said 6 years ago

    So yummy! Love cooking & gardening. We grow and cook with fresh herbs which makes so much difference in a dish. "Organic" NOW~ that's the way all things use to be grown and should be. If you have enough space grow something, can even grow veggies and herbs in pots. Join a seed exchange club that is fun too.

  • knottyandnyce

    knottyandnyce said 6 years ago

    Oh that sounds fabulous. Love pasta dishes and really fresh peas! Now I'm hungry...

  • sdmanship

    sdmanship said 6 years ago

    Wow! Have to try this!!

  • LizzieLuna

    LizzieLuna said 6 years ago

    yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm... thanks for sharing.

  • loriyab

    loriyab said 6 years ago

    Yum, I want some NOW!!

  • Wulfila

    Wulfila said 6 years ago

    That sounds very delicious! Thank you, I shall have to try this out.

  • CHenry

    CHenry said 6 years ago

    Been looking for a good recipe for carbonara and looks like I just found one !!! LOL YUMMY ! And thanks !

  • iheartmies

    iheartmies said 6 years ago

    i just made carbonara, yum

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