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I started cooking as a kid and have found it to be a passion for me throughout my life. I've worked in a cooking specialty store, ran a catering company and most importantly, fed my family and expressed my love for them through food.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Easy Eating - pasta carbonara

Last night when I got home from work, on a snowy Friday, I contemplated take out.  But then realized I had everything to make a quick pasta carbonara and thought you might enjoy the recipe. 

This is bacon and egg pasta.  It's super easy and can be prepared in about 20 minutes. 

It's so flavorful and usually you'll have these ingredients on hand.  This recipe is super easy...here's the key...get all of your ingredients READY before you start.  Put a pot of water on to boil, have your cheese grated, get out the olive oil, red pepper flakes and parlsey and bacon.  Beat 2 eggs in a cereal bowl with a splash of milk.  Chop 3 cloves of garlic. Stick the collendar in the sink.  Get your serving bowl out.  Put a paper towel on plate.  Get those tongs out along with wooden spoon.

Take a full package of bacon...cut 1 inch pieces across the entire slab of bacon.  In a large skillet (it will need to hold a pound of cooked pasta), or dutch oven, add about 1 tablespoon of oilive oil and brown the bacon pieces till crisp.  When you add the bacon to the pan, it will seperate as it cooks so just keep moving it around with a wooden spoon.   Remove the bacon and drain on a paper towel.  Meanwhile, cook and drain 1 pound of spagehetti.  In the bacon pan, remove the drippings, add in 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil in the pan  and turn on the heat to medium and add 3 cloves of chopped garlic and a few good shakes of red pepper flakes and saute for about 1 minute.  It will smell great.  Add the cooked and drained pasta to the garlic oil.  Beat two eggs in a small bowl, add a splash of milk and about 1-2 ladles of the pasta cooking water.  Give it a good beat/stir and pour it over the pasta.  With tongs, stir, mix and keep the pasta moving till the egg mixture is well distributed.  Throw the bacon back into the pasta, along with 3 good handfuls of greated good quality parmeson cheese and small handful of dried parsley.  Mix it up well with the tongs.

This is a crazy part...that's all there is to it and it is smoky and cheesy and satisfying and truly comfort food.  Most of the time, I have bacon, eggs, pasta and cheese on hand so it is a great go to.  Add a salad and some bread and you're set.  

 Happy Eating.  

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