Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 pound pasta, such as penne
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
¼ pound pancetta (Italian bacon), chopped
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
5-6 cloves garlic, minced
½ cup dry white wine
2 large egg yolks
Freshly grated Romano cheese
Parsley, for garnish
1. Put a large saucepot of water on to boil. Add a liberal amount of salt and the pasta. Cook to al dente (usually 8-10 minutes).
2. Meanwhile, heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the olive oil and pancetta. Brown pancetta 2 minutes. Add red pepper flakes and garlic and cook 2-3 minutes more. Add wine and stir up all the pan drippings.
3. In a separate bowl, beat yolks, then add 1 large ladleful (about ½ cup) of the pasta cooking water. This tempers the eggs and keeps them from scrambling when added to the pasta.
4. Drain pasta well and add it directly to the skillet with pancetta and oil. Pour the egg mixture over the pasta. Toss rapidly to coat the pasta without cooking the egg. Remove pan from heat and add a big handful of cheese, lots of pepper, and a little salt. Continue to toss and turn the pasta until it soaks up the egg mixture and thickens, 1-2 minutes. Garnish with parsley and extra grated Romano.