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Carbonara comfort food treat

Carbonara, topped with bacon
It's Another Dose of YUM!

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Carbonara is a classic Italian pasta dish, involving eggs, cheese, pork, and a generous dose of black pepper.

Traditional Carbonara is made with spaghetti noodles, but there's no strict rule here, just about any kind of noodle will do, I like Penne or Rotini myself because they embrace, and hold onto the sauce better.  Use whatever kind of pasta you have on hand or prefer.

Here's a single-serving recipe for some fantastic comfort food!

Ingredients:

  • Dry pasta, about 3/4 cup for a serving of one, prepared per package instructions, reserving a 1/2 cup of pasta water.
  • 4 slices of bacon, chopped (reserve a healthy Tablespoon of the bacon fat for the sauce)
  • 1 egg (an egg for each person, two for dinner?  Two eggs)
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup of grated Parmesan cheese
  • Black pepper to taste

Directions:  

In a small bowl, combine the egg and cheese, set aside.  Timing is key in this recipe, make sure your pasta water is boiling, salted, and ready to cook the pasta when you start the bacon, drop the pasta at that time. In a large skillet over medium heat, fry up the chopped bacon, until crisp.  Drain the fat, reserving some bacon fat for the sauce.  Add the garlic, stir, cooking for about one minute.  Turn off the heat. Drain the pasta and add to the skillet, tossing to coat with the bacon fat.  Now is the time to add the egg and cheese mixture.  You want hot pasta, but not still-hear-a-sizzle-in-the-pan-hot, and why the heat was turned off.  If things are too hot, you'll scramble the eggs rather than create a sauce.  You want just enough residual heat from the bacon and pasta to cook, but not scramble the eggs.  Toss the pasta to coat, adding a ladle or so of the warm pasta water to help create the sauce, continue to toss until you reach the desired consistency.   Season with black pepper and garnish with flat-leaf parsley.

Not only is this dish SUPER tasty, but it's wallet-friendly too.  You probably already have everything you need in your pantry and fridge and it only takes about 15 minutes to prepare.

$pend Wisely My Friends...

~ Mike

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