Pasta carbonara is one of lil' sis's favorite noodles.
She can't resist reaching for a bite before I've even finished taking photos.
We like this dish because it only uses a few ingredients and I almost always have them on hand. Ordinarily, it's made with spaghetti noodles, but I prefer the lighter taste of angel hair. I've even used penne and bowties and basically any pasta I have available. Same goes for bacon, prosciutto (If I really want to get fancy.), or even thinly sliced ham. Add two eggs, a couple tablespoons of Parmesan cheese, and salt and pepper to taste and we're good.
I've added some thinly sliced collard greens, spinach, parsley, or cilantro all with good results. Quick and easy.
Not that you really need a recipe for pasta carbonara, but lil' sis frequently checks the blog for directions.
For 2 servings, you'll need:
8 oz pasta, I prefer angel hair but you can use spaghetti noodles or any pasta of your choice
4 strips bacon, or any porky hammy meat of your choice, thinly sliced
2 to 4 tblsp Parmesan cheese, depending on preference
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
Optional: Thinly sliced greens such as collard greens, spinach, parsley, or cilantro. A few cloves of garlic if you wish.
Boil pasta. If you're using tougher greens such as collard greens or kale, add them to the pot of pasta when it boils.
Beat two eggs into a bowl. Add the Parmesan cheese, salt, and ground black pepper and beat again to mix. Set aside.
Thinly slice bacon or ham. Saute in a pan until golden. Drain most of the fat if you wish. I simply dab with a paper towel and remove the fat-laden paper towel with a pair of chopsticks. Turn off the pan.
By now the pasta should be ready, if not, just wait until it is. Instead of draining the pasta, I simply use a pasta spoon and spoon the hot pasta into the pan with the bacon. Don't worry if it's a bit wet, the extra pasta water will help thicken the sauce. Then add the eggy cheesy mixture into the pan and toss to evenly coat the pasta. The hot pasta water will slightly cook the eggs, but really will create a creamy sauce.
Salt and pepper to taste.
Other quick pasta dishes you might like:
Angel Hair Pasta with Balsamic Chicken, Bacon, and Diced Tomatoes
Broccoli Bacon Pasta
Pasta Pomodoro (Italian Pasta with Tomatoes)
Penne with "Italian Sausage" with Fennel
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