The word “healthy” is bothering me lately. It is blazoned across every post and recipe I read lately. It doesn’t matter if it has butter, cheese and cream in it they call it healthy. It may be “healthier” than another version of the same recipe but that does not make it healthy. Can food be healthy? I really don’t think so. Yes, we need food to live but an excess of anything, including water, is not good for us. So, do you think can food be healthy?
I think we can become healthy by watching what we eat but that does not make the food we eat healthy. Can you tell this has been bothering me? If I see one more healthy recipe I may scream!
When I was looking for something simple and quick for dinner when I ran across a picture of Pasta Carbonara. When I told my family about it they seem less than thrilled, but then I explained it was like breakfast (bacon, eggs and cheese) over pasta they seemed even less thrilled than before, except for the bacon part.
They all found out they loved Pasta Carbonara. It was light, creamy and flavorful. There was none of the heavy cream sauce they were expecting. They were all surprised at how much they really liked the dish.
I served this with a green salad.
- 8-10 oz. bacon, cut into small pieces
- 4 large egg yolks, about 1/3 -1/2 cup of yolks
- 1 – 1 1/2 cups cooked pasta water
- 16 oz. pasta, Angel Hair, fettuccine or linguine
- 1 1/2 cups + Parmesan, freshly grated (Don’t use the can! Grate a block of Parmesan for the best flavor,)
- 6 cloves minced garlic
- 3-4 Tablespoons olive oil
- 1/2 cup chicken stock (or white wine)
- Begin cooking bacon is a large skillet over medium-high heat. Also, begin boiling salted water for pasta.
- Make pasta according to package directions. Save 1 1/2 cups of cooked pasta water for recipe. Drain pasta and toss with 3-4 Tablespoons of olive oil.
- Once bacon is partially cooked add garlic to the pan. When bacon is finished pour off all but 3-4 Tablespoons of bacon fat.
- Beat egg yolks with a whisk and temper your egg yolks so they do not cook when you add them to the hot pasta and bacon. Slowly drizzle 1/2 cup of pasta water into the eggs whisking the entire time. Do not drizzle too quickly or all at once or your eggs will scramble.
- Toss pasta, egg yolks, and chicken stock in pan with bacon. If pasta is too thick add a bit of saved pasta water and continue to toss until desired consistency is reached. Add in Parmesan cheese and toss. Serve with extra grated Parmesan cheese and parsley if desired.