Smoked Mozzarella Carbonara
While online recently, I’ve come across the name Justin Chapple multiple times. When I checked on Amazon, this young chef has already published two cookbooks – Mad Genius Tips, in 2016, and Just Cook it, in 2018.
Chapple is a senior editor at Food & Wine, and obviously quite accomplished… in spite of the fact that he looks 16.
A recipe I spotted online on Food & Wine is the chef’s Smoked Gouda Carbonara. It’s not out of disrespect that I substituted the gouda with smoked mozzarella, it’s just that I often crave smoked mozzarella, and had just received some from Murray’s Cheese.
The recipe is otherwise the same!
Smoked Mozzarella Carbonara
1 pound spaghetti
5 large egg yolks
1 large egg
6 ounces grated smoked mozzarella
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
6 ounces slab bacon, finely diced
3/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
Finely grated Parmesan, for serving
In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook the pasta until al dente. Drain, reserving 1 cup of the cooking water.
In a large bowl, beat the egg yolks with the whole egg, the 1 cup of mozzarella, 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 2 teaspoons of black pepper. Very gradually whisk in 1/2 cup of the reserved cooking water to temper the eggs.
Meanwhile, in the large pot, heat the olive oil. Add the bacon and cook over moderate heat until rendered but not crisp, 5 to 7 minutes. Add the pasta, crushed red pepper and 1/4 cup of the reserved pasta cooking water. I didn’t get a photo of the egg and cheese mixture going into the pasta because I needed to do it quickly.
Cook, tossing, until the pasta is coated, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir vigorously until creamy, 1 to 2 minutes; add more cooking water if needed. Season with salt and pepper. It took some stirring to completely melt the smoked mozzarella.
Divide the pasta into bowls and serve, passing grated Parmesan at the table.
I served more cayenne pepper flakes as well.
And, not surprisingly to you, I loved this carbonara!
I have Mad Genius Tips and refer too it often. He is a fun and very smart cookbook author. The carbonara looks amazing. As soon as I get back on my feet, I will bring the wine to dinner🤣
Uh oh. Did I miss what happened? Get back on your feet!!! I prefer whites.
I had a hip replacement last week. Doing good but still walking like Walter Brennan. White it is!
Oh goodness! Stick with the physical therapy and you’ll be great!
I didn’t really know him, as I stopped all magazine subscriptions years ago. Why get magazines when I have friends like you? Seriously, though, even though I am a stickler for authenticity in Italian cuisine, I want to make this and eat the whole bowl.
I completely understand. I just started watching The Julia Child Challenge, and you should definitely be on it!!!
Oooh, this looks decadent and delicious! Love the idea of a smoked cheese in a carbonara. I bet it was lovely with the smoked mozzarella.
It was so good. I first had smoked mozzarella on a pizza and I’ve been in love with it ever since.
You’re right, he does look 16! It’s funny that his name kept crossing your path online; you were meant to find and enjoy this recipe! It looks great and you made it seem easy.
Oh, it’s easy! You just can’t be beating hot liquid into eggs and take photos!!!
This carbonara looks amazing!! I can eat it every week and not get tired of it!
I know exactly how you feel!!!
First of all I love your new site – I haven’t done anything with mine in ages. I’m not very tech savy so I just should hire someone. Love pasta and smoked mozarella. Justin not only looks 16 but he looks like he would be a lot of fun to cook with :)
Yes, he’s pretty adorable! Well I learned the hard way that wordpress doesn’t update themes, so I slowly lost control over everything – like even fonts. I don’t reel like it’s “me” yet, but it’s done!
Oh my, that is positively luscious! I can’t resist smoky flavors so I love the idea of this. Miyoko’s Creamery even makes a vegan smoked mozz; I bet it would be to die for in this recipe!
Ohhhhhh. I haven’t tried non-dairy cheeses in years. I would bet they have gotten better!
i’ve never heard of this chap and yes indeed he does look about 12! Mm smoked mozzarella? Interesting …
It is so good. I first had it on a pizza, and now crave it!
I love the idea of using smoked mozz for this! What a great idea :D
I honestly think it’s better than smoked Gouda for this recipe, but I’m such a fan!
I love using smoked cheeses in my cooking, they really add something extra special to the flavour profile. And this pasta looks utterly delicious and inviting!
Thanks, Ben. I first had smoked mozzarella on a “white” pizza and have been hooked ever since. It’s just so good.
Oh my goodness, Mimi – this dish is absolutely calling my name! I love carbonara, and the addition of smoked mozz here takes this one to a whole new level. I’m putting this on the list of things to make!! (Also, that chef does indeed look like he’s 16…haha.)
Yes, maybe 15… You’ll love this. And it’s great cheese if you can find it. I have to order it of course!
It’s amazing how one little twist, such as using a smoked cheese, can radically transform a dish!
I want to eat the whole bowl Mimi!
I don’t enjoy overly smoky things, but smoked mozzarella is quite incredible.
Smoked butter is pretty delicious too!
Like the new blog design! And like this dish, a lot. Smoked mozzarella is such good stuff. If I had some, I’d substitute that, too. Thanks!
Thank you! Smoked mozzarella is incredible, and it sure worked well in this dish.
Love pasta and this is a good one.
Thank you Lulu!
Oh this is comfort food to the max. Smoked mozzarella sounds great with this recipe.
I’m so addicted to it!
Yum! That is one of my favorite Italian dishes!
For good reason. And it’s so easy to whip up!
Oh my gosh, way to make me drool first thing in the morning. I love smoked mozzarella and have been meaning to post a salad recipe with it but using it in carbonara is brilliant. I will make this. Just when I didn’t think carbonara could get better. Your recipes are always so inspired.
Aww thanks! I just made a carbonara with nduja. Now that was good too!
My kind of comfort food. Yum!
Ohh, I love smoked cheeses but never tried or even had seen a smoked mozarella, sounds really interesting, definitely will be in the look out for that.
Yes, you must. It’s amazing!
It’s been ages since I’ve made carbonara, but your reminder has me craving it! Smoked cheese is such a terrific way to boost the flavor!
Yes indeed! It turned out so well.
Carbonara has recently become our goto pasta recipe, so easy and delicious. I’ve not thought of subbing the cheese, great idea. Now to find some smoked mozzarella!
I hope you find some – it’s magical!
Love the new blog look! Thank you for pointing out some interesting cookbooks. I’m always up for that. And thanks also for sharing this recipe! I bet it’s intensely flavorful!
Thank you! Smoked mozzarella makes everything taste better!
I have not seen smoked mozzarella that often here, but I have tried it when we were in Sicily. i recently saw a recipe for carbonara for breakfast and now yours today. Seems like a hint of what I should be making. PS, I love the new theme! Which one are you using? I feel like a change for my blog as well :)
Thank you. It’s professionally done. It’s not a WP theme. I went through 2 of them and slowly lost control. Turns out they don’t help, don’t update anything, don’t care, so I finally quit fighting. I’m being hosted by a private company as well, because he makes sure things keep running smoothly.
Wish I’d done this years ago.
This looks amazing! I love the smoked mozzarella variation! Talk about creamy pasta goodness!
Wow. I leave the country and you change everything. Seriously nice looking refresh on your site. Of course carbonara is another beauty. Even more so with smoked mozzarella. GREG
Thank you! WordPress wasn’t supporting either of my themes I’d previously used so I gave up and went with a professional!
I like your version of the usual carbonara. I’ll be on a search for the smoked mozzarella.
I hope you find it! It’s wonderful
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