Athlete’s Cookbook: Henry Slade Tries a Tasty-as-Hell Carbonara
The England rugby star can tackle anything — except making pasta for his girlfriend. Can chef Kia Damon coach up his kitchen skills?
Athlete’s Cookbook is a video series that serves up quality kitchen time with a pro chef and a pro athlete.
Henry Slade is a tough guy on the rugby field. But at home, he’s as sweet as can be. Case in point? He’s looking to play chef for his girlfriend, Megan. She loves pasta — just not the way Henry makes it. But lucky for him, there’s a culinary ringer ready to come in off the bench: “Athlete’s Cookbook” host Kia Damon. The Brooklyn-based chef starts with the fundamentals, coaching Henry through a classic carbonara. All she asks for in return is some giggly face time with his new baby girl and a personal introduction to his cockapoo, Frank, the flouncy pup with the ponytail. Along the way, they reminisce about farm life, get real about mental health, and conduct an experiment on eating raw pasta (do not try at home). Watch the episode above, check out the recipe below, and get cooking.
Tasty-as-Hell Carbonara Ingredients for Four Servings
- Kosher salt
- 1½ cups diced pancetta
- 1 lb cavatappi pasta
- 1 cup grated pecorino cheese
- 6 egg yolks
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
- Large pot
- Sauté pan
- Large bowl
- Wooden spoon
Fill the pot with water and add 1 tablespoon of salt. Bring to a boil.
Meanwhile, sauté the pancetta in the pan over medium-high heat until it browns and the fat renders. Set aside.
Once the water is boiling, add the pasta and cook until al dente according to package directions. Save a quarter cup of pasta water and drain pasta.
Add the pasta water, three quarters of the pecorino, and the egg yolks to the bowl and whisk together until blended and creamy. Whisk in the pancetta. Stir in the pasta with the spoon until the pasta is fully coated.
Season with salt and pepper, drizzle with olive oil, and top with the remaining pecorino.