Hey, Foodies! Happy Friday!
It’s probably clear by now that I LOVE pasta. Seriously. But my husband – not so much. So, pasta night is a two different dinners night . . . usually. While he occasionally requests my scallops and pasta in blue cheese cream sauce (yum!), and my pizza stuffed shells (who wouldn’t?), there’s only one other pasta recipe (so far) that gets him excited about pasta night, and this is it: Garlic Lover’s Bacon Carbonara Pasta.
We’re talking a pound of savory bacon, fresh parmesan cheese, and garlic – three of my favorite things! This recipe makes 4-8 servings depending on how hungry you are and your degree of self control, and the leftovers are worth fighting over for lunch!
Prep time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 20 minutes
1 pound thick cut bacon
1 large shallot
8 large garlic cloves chopped
3 garlic cloves crushed
2 large eggs
1/4 cup dry white wine
fresh grated parmesan to taste
salt and pepper to taste
green onions for garnish (optional)
Bring pasta water to a boil. For the average pasta cooking time of 9-11 minutes, it’s usually time to add to the water after the bacon’s been cooking for several minutes.
Cut bacon into 1 inch slices, and cook in a large pan. When the bacon is almost done, remove most but not all of the fat (I soak it up with paper towels – be careful, it’s hot!). Add shallots and chopped garlic, stirring until shallots are almost done. Add crushed garlic and stir until fragrant, about one minute. If you wanted to kick it up with some crushed red pepper, now would be the time to add it.
Deglaze the pan with the white wine, scraping the pan clean. (This makes clean up SO much easier and adds more flavor!)
Add 1 ladleful (about 1/4 cup) of the boiling pasta water to the beaten eggs. This tempers them so they don’t scramble when you add them to the pasta.
Add well drained pasta to the pan and pour the eggs on top. Stir quickly and well, mixing all the ingredients together. Salt and pepper to taste, and add a generous handful or two of fresh parmesan. (I add less at this step, then top with additional cheese once plated because it makes the pasta easier to dish out as leftovers.) Top with green onions to garnish if desired.
And that’s it! Good luck not going back for seconds (or thirds)!
If you try it, please let me know how you like it!
Check back next Friday for another recipe!