Having access to really fresh, local eggs means being able to enjoy certain dishes without the worry or concern that might accompany using industrially-produced eggs. This pasta recipe is similar to Pasta Carbonara, which traditionally calls for pancetta (similar to unsmoked bacon). Red onion takes the place of the pancetta, letting the delicate flavors of Spring eggs emerge. Duck eggs can also be used, making this dish an especially lush treat.
Pasta with Farm-Fresh Eggs
½ cup olive oil
1 large red onion, diced into ¼-inch pieces
1 cup white wine
4 farm-fresh chicken eggs or 3 to 4 duck eggs
1 tablespoon cream (optional)
1 cup freshly grated Pecorino cheese
1 pound bucatini or perciatelli (or other long pasta)
¼ cup flat-leaf parsley, cut into fine shreds
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Grated Pecorino cheese for serving
1. In a large frying pan (14 inches), heat olive oil over medium heat. Add red onion and cook until soft and starting to brown, 7 to 9 minutes. Add white wine, bring to a quick boil, then remove pan from heat.
2. In separate bowl, beat eggs. Mix grated Pecorino and cream (if using) in with beaten eggs.
3. Cook pasta in salted water until al dente. Drain pasta, reserving a cup of pasta water.
4. Add cooked pasta to pan with onions. Place over medium heat, add eggs and cheese mixture to the pasta, and gently mix. Thin sauce with reserved pasta water if necessary. Watch carefully, the eggs should begin to cook but not scramble. After a minute or so, the mixture will become creamy. Remove pan from heat and toss with parsley, salt and generous amounts of black pepper.
Serve immediately, with additional grated cheese. Makes 4 to 6 servings.
Note: Recipe adapted from Holiday Food by Mario Batali. Adjust number of eggs to own liking. The original recipe calls for topping each serving with a fresh egg yolk, which is cooked by the residual heat of the pasta once it’s stirred in. Local fresh eggs are now available at the Winter Farmers’ Market from several vendors. Duck eggs may also be found at the farmers’ market through Yellow House Farm.