Pasta Carbonara


Pasta Carbonara

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.

Verdict:

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.

Ingredients:

  • 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)

Directions:

  1. Begin cooking bacon  is a large skillet over medium-high heat. Also, begin boiling salted water for pasta.
  2. 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.
  3. Once bacon is partially cooked add garlic to the pan. When bacon is finished pour off all but 3-4 Tablespoons of bacon fat.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

18 Comments Add yours

  1. Jasmine S. says:

    My favorite pasta! This sounds so good right now!

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you!

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  2. My kids love pasta so I will adopt this 😊

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      I wasn’t sure if my kids would like it either but with a dusting if extra Parmesan and black pepper they ate it up! Hope your children like it too!

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  3. Todays dinner sorted…Jimmy can go the chipper, he doesn’t like pasta 😉

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Lol! I LOVE pasta! Probably too much!

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      1. Me too…So I’m having it , made with leftover boiled ham from yesterday 😉

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  4. Gouchis Girl says:

    haha do we have long enough to talk about “healthy” food? 😉 I haven’t made pasta carbonara, but I was thinking of whipping up a breakfast pasta bake, seems pretty much like the same thing. Thanks for keeping it real, and being honest in your thoughts. While I do think that there are truly healthy foods, I think that we can eat a variety, eat in moderation, and I totally believe that we can enjoy what we eat, healthy, or not. Another great post!

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you. I do believe in variety and moderation. I guess I think of food like people not one is inherently good or bad (healthy or unhealthy in the case of food) but rather a continuum that depends on how we view it and in what light.

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you!

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      1. I love pasta and this sounds so yummy

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  5. This looks so good. I have to make this for sure!`

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      It is so simple too. Hope you like it as much as we did!

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  6. Definitely going to try this one while my son is home for the holiday break.

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Hope he likes it a such as my children did!

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  7. ChloéMrrlt says:

    Definitely going to try this!! Thank you for sharing 🙂

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Hope you like it!

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