Friday, April 4, 2014

Spaghetti Carbonara

I have made Spaghetti Carbonara lots of times, and even have a vegetarian version posted on my blog...Vegetarian Pasta Carbonara... but none compares to this easy version with less eggs, and not spicy, so the little ones could eat it without having to worry that the chilly pepper flakes burns their tongue and mouth.
Just can't seem to put down the food Network magazine; the Bacon issue, and keep finding some interesting and delicious things to make!
I even bought some outrageously good bacon...Boar's Head brand, which is mad in Canada. The price is a little more expensive, but the way it cooks up so crispy, and super crunchy delicious. Even the smell when cooking it was so much nicer than the ordinary brand. I highly recommend it! I haven't cooked much this past week, we had company...from Ohio; my nephew, wife and two little boys. Ate out, a couple times, which was easier on both me and my daughter.

Getting off the subject...I was going to post on April 1st. about 'April's fools day'...but I realized I cannot come up with things that would not be so funny, and maybe offensive. Just heard on AOL news about a woman who called her daughter and announced about a 'school shooting' happening and the daughter called 911. Imagine all the police cars storming the high school building, and turns out to be 'false alarm' April Fool's prank! Well, she ended up in jail; no doubt scaring everyone! This is a very dangerous kind of joke...what was she thinking?

from: Food Network magazine
  • Kosher salt
  • 6 slices thick-cut bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary
  • 2 red jalapeno peppers, seeded and minced
  • 1/4 cup cognac or brandy (optional)
  • 12 ounces spaghetti
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese, plus more for garnish
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated pecorino romano cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • Freshly ground pepper
    Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Combine the bacon, olive oil, garlic, rosemary, jalapenos and 1/4 cup water in a large skillet. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until the water evaporates and the bacon crisps, about 12 minutes. Discard the garlic. Add the cognac, if desired, and cook until it evaporates. Remove from the heat and set aside 1/4 cup bacon mixture for garnish.
    Meanwhile, cook the spaghetti in the boiling water as the label directs. Mix the eggs, cheeses, parsley and 1 teaspoon pepper in a bowl. Drain the pasta, reserving 1/4 cup cooking water.
    Return the skillet to medium-high heat. Add the pasta and toss until heated through, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from the heat. Whisk the reserved pasta water into the egg mixture, then quickly pour over the pasta and toss to gently cook the eggs and make a creamy sauce. Garnish with the reserved bacon mixture and more parmesan.
    Per serving: Calories 888; Fat 50 g (Saturated 18 g); Cholesterol 219 mg; Sodium 1,223 mg; Carbohydrate 65 g; Fiber 3 g; Protein 35 g


  1. Oh my goodness...I want some! Now!

  2. Yum!! This looks wonderful :D

    Pasta is my number one favourite dish in the whole world.

  3. Deliciosa y tentadora pasta reconfortante me encanta,abrazos

  4. Hi Elisabeth! My goodness, I am absolutely drooling looking at your big pan of spaghetti carbonara and the fact that it has good quality bacon it in, even more so! My carbo craving is kicking in right now hah...hah...and I will have to come back later before I do another "krispy kreme" stunt LOL!

  5. Hi Ellisabeth, what a nice carbonara!!! I love the "hot and spicy" twist to it, as well as the cheese combination! Hope you'll enjoy the weekend, XOXO

  6. I too enjoy a good carbonara with quality bacon. This looks really super, Elisabeth.

  7. De szép tésztád van :-) csupa finomság van benne, csakis jó lehet!

  8. Nagyon guszta, mi is nagyon szeretjük! :) Elfogadnék most tőled egy tányérkával! :)

  9. what an awful april's fool joke regarding the school shooting, I mean really....this dish looks so savory and comforting....i haven't had this dish in a long time and I am definitely going to try yours sweet bella. hugs to you

  10. Hi Elisabeth, interesting spaghetti! So tempting and irresistible. Thanks for sharing and hugs :)

  11. Az egyik kedvenc tészta ételünk. Mennyire jól néz ki! Ilyen tésztával még nem csináltam, de nagyon guszta!!

  12. My kid will go crazy if he saw this spaghetti carbonara, he love it to the core.

  13. We love this dish, too, Lizzie! I have never added cognac, but it certainly never hurts a dish :) I will have to look up your vegetarian recipe. I made one recently with smoked salmon but did not like it at all...bacon is MUCH better!!! Hope you're enjoying your week!!! xo

  14. Annyira jól néz ki! Most éppen éhes vagyok, az egész tállal meg tudnám enni egyedül egyszerre! :)

  15. I love spaghetti carbonara, but never made it at home...yours look delicious with jalapeno...
    Thanks for the recipe Elisabeth...hope you are having a beautiful week :D

  16. Got to love a classic! This looks amazing, love carbonara!

  17. Oh yum! This looks like the perfect weekday meal!

  18. OMG I am soooooooo hungry all of a sudden...

  19. This dish looks incredibly yummy! Thanks for the recipe, Elizabeth…can’t wait to give it a try!

  20. I love Carbonara! Such an easy dinner and so delicious!


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