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Super Simple Carbonara June 1, 2011

Filed under: Mains,Pasta,Quick and easy — blisteringlydrunk @ 1:04 pm
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This was last night’s dinner; sooooooooo yummy and dinner was on the table in 15 minutes, start to finish, I kid you not. Thank you pasta gods. And bacon gods, because, really, what doesn’t taste better with bacon? For the cheese here, I used an aged manchego, because that’s what was in my cheese drawer when I looked, but parmigiana or romano would be traditional and I think a really old, sharp provolone would be the best, but you know, go with what works for you. I understand that cheese is a personal thing (at least it is for me, does that make me weird?). Shout out to ELS for the inspiration.

1 350g package fresh pasta (we had linguine)

1 bunch of broccoli, cut into tiny florets (asparagus would also be lovely here)

1 medium onion, diced

3 slices of bacon, diced

1 -2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

2 large free range eggs

4 Tbsp milk

1/4 cup grated cheese of your choice (see comments above)

Salt and pepper to taste

1. Heat a smallish frying pan over medium heat and get the bacon cooking. Once is starts to really sizzle, stir a few times and then add the onion and garlic.

2. Meanwhile, start the water on to boil for the pasta and broccoli ( I used a really big pot) and beat the eggs, milk, cheese, salt and pepper together in a bowl. Cook the bacon mixture, stirring often, until onion is soft and starting to brown, then remove to some paper towel to ditch some of the grease.

3. Once the water is boiling, add the pasta and the broccoli. Fresh pasta only takes two or three minutes to cook, so be prepared at this point to put everything together, because you have to act fast.

4. Once the pasta is cooked, dump the whole thing into a colander to drain and then throw it straight back into the pot along with the egg mixture, tossing everything together to coat. The heat from the pasta will cook the egg and form the sauce. The add the bacon, onions, and garlic, toss again, and serve immediately with extra grated cheese and ground pepper for topping.  If you feel it’s a little dry, you can add a tablespoon or two of butter to the last toss.




2 Responses to “Super Simple Carbonara”

  1. Katie Says:

    Funny, I made almost the exact same meal the other night. Collective unconscious!

  2. […] eats it up. This recipe, from (surprise, surprise) Fine Cooking, is a nice departure from my usual go-to carbonara while still being super fast and easy. I think next time I will make it with half arugula and […]

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