Monday, January 14, 2013

Easy Pasta Carbonara

I saw a recipe from for Pasta Carbonara and wanted to try it, but decided to add a couple of my own things.  I used thick cut bacon, because that happened to be what I had, and  I added some red onion, garlic, and  peas (I only had canned, but I bet frozen would be even better).  It turned out really tasty and from start to finish it was less than 25 minutes.  I did cut the recipe in half since it was just the two of us, and that was the perfect amount.   

Easy Pasta Carbonara
Adapted from:
Prep Time: 10 min
Cooking Time: 10 min

1 lb angel hair pasta
2 cups fresh grated parmesan cheese
5 large eggs
1/2 lb lean bacon or 1/3 lb pancetta
1/2 red onion, chopped
1 clove of garlic, minced
1 cup canned or frozen peas
salt & pepper

1. Boil large pot of water for the pasta.

2. While water comes to a boil, heat a large skillet and cook bacon on medium.  But do not overcook bacon (it should NOT be crunchy/burnt).

3. When bacon is finished cooking use a slotted spoon and place on a plate.  Add onions to grease and cook for 1-2 minutes.  Add garlic and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes. Remove with slotted spoon to plate with bacon.  Discard bacon grease.

4. Break eggs into a large bowl and whisk until smooth.  Add grated cheese to eggs and mix until a paste.  Meanwhile, Cook Pasta until al dente.

5.  When Pasta is cooked, remove from water and drain.  Immediately add pasta to egg/cheese mixture and use tongs to rapidly toss, coating the pasta (don't worry about the raw egg, the hot pasta will cook it)

6.  Add the bacon and onions.  Add a teaspoon of bacon grease if needed (I didn't need it) to pasta and toss until a creamy sauce evenly coats the pasta.

7. Add peas and season with salt and pepper.  Serve immediately.

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