Pasta Carbonara

I love, love, love,  Carbonara it’s one of my favorite pasta meals and super easy to make.  If your looking for a traditional recipe,  you won’t find any peas,  cream, onions and/or garlic in a carbonara it’s basically just bacon, eggs, and pasta .  But, I came across this recipe on The Pioneer Woman and had to try it.  It was so delish.  In my search for recipes, I came across several other cooking sites that mentioned adding zucchini, chicken, shrimp, mushrooms, tomatoes etc..  it’s a great meal to add your favorites and enjoy!

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 6 slices bacon, chopped
salt and ground black pepper to taste
3/4 cups Heavy Cream
3 cloves garlic
1 1/2 cups grated Parmesan cheese
3 Large eggs
1 pound spaghetti or farfalle pasta
2 cups frozen peas

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Cook pasta according to package directions.  While pasta is cooking, Cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp, about 10 minutes. Remove bacon from skillet with a slotted spoon and drain on a paper towel-lined plate. 20140104-095329.jpg

Pour off all of the bacon grease, but don’t clean the pan. Return the pan to the stove over medium-low heat and throw in the onions and garlic. Cook until golden brown. 20140104-095420.jpg

In a bowl, mix together eggs, Parmesan, cream, and salt and pepper until smooth.

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When the pasta is done, reserve a cup or two of the pasta water. Drain the pasta and place it in a bowl. While the pasta is still really hot, slowly drizzle in the egg mixture, stirring the pasta the whole time. The sauce will become thick and should coat the pasta. Splash in a little hot pasta water if needed for consistency.  Halfway through, add the peas, bacon, and sautéed onion/garlic. Finish adding the sauce, stirring until it’s all combined.  Serve immediately with extra Parmesan. Yummo!

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Sister Madly
    Jan 05, 2014 @ 02:56:26

    Yum! Must try soon.

    Reply

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