Sunday, January 30, 2011

Pasta Carbonara

Inspired by Jenna and the sixth consecutive snowstorm this month, I decided we needed some comfort food.  The first time I attempted pasta carbonara, probably a year ago, the directions called for me to heat crushed red pepper flakes in olive oil. I set the heat on the stove too high, instantly burning the red pepper and filling my kitchen with eye-burning smoke.  This time went a little better.  The recipe took about 15 minutes, including prep and pasta cooking, and we ate it with a simple caesar salad topped with fresh croutons.

Pasta Carbonara

1/2 box of pasta (I used Barilla Plus linguine)
4 strips of bacon
1 tsp. olive oil
1 small onion, diced
1 clove garlic, chopped
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese, plus more for serving
2 eggs, beaten

Prepare pasta according to package directions.
In large saute pan, cook bacon.
Once bacon is cooked, remove and set aside.  Drain bacon grease but do not clean pan.
Heat olive oil in same pan, and saute onion until translucent, about 5 minutes.
Add garlic, and cook for 1 minute more.
In a separate bowl, whisk eggs and parmesan.
Dump in drained, cooked pasta and stir to coat.
Remove from heat, and pour in egg mixture, quickly stirring with tongs to coat pasta.
Serve with bacon crumbled on top and additional parmesan.


  1. This sounds easy AND delicious, 2 of my favorites when it comes to cooking!

    Thanks for posting this recipe, and congrats on starting your blog!

  2. Thanks Katie - Let me know how it goes if you try it!

  3. wow that looks good. but how do you stay so skinny?
    i love your blog! thanks for sharing the recipes.

  4. @billysmaid - Thanks, Linda. We don't eat this way every day!


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