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22 Minute Carbonara

April 9, 2010

Tonight I made a cheater’s carbonara (thank you Shira!!!) and it seriously only took 22mins, which isn’t too bad, and includes only a small handful of annoying interruptions from Simone.

Dinner start time: 5:55pm
Dinner finish time: 6:17pm

S: Mommy I want to see.
A: Go get your high chair and bring it over so you can watch me.
S: That’s bacon mommy! That’s bacon!
A: Yes it is, would you like to try some?
S: I like bacon.
A: That’s great news, would you like to try some?
S: It’s brown.
A: Hello? Earth to Simone, would you like to try some bacon?
S: Yup, yah, sure.
(eats a small piece)
S: I don’t like bacon.
A: Oh for Chri…sake. ARGH!

22 Minute Carbonara

1. Cook bacon (I use turkey bacon, but of course you can use any kind of bacon, including that veggie tastes-just-like-felt-crap). My rule of thumb is 2 slices per adult.
2. Cook frozen peas (imagine a quantity suitable to go with your pasta; I just pour some in a pot with water and cook it up on the stove while doing the bacon).
3. Cook pasta of your choosing (I’m liking the Catelli Smart pasta right now – high fibre white stuff – penne or spaghetti work well for this dish). Rinse and return to pot on med/low temp.
4. Break 2 eggs in a bowl and mix as though creating scrambled eggs (my rule of thumb: one egg per adult)
5. Drizzle olive oil over cooked pasta and add pour eggs on top.
6. Stir stir stir – eggs should cook to pasta.
7. Add bacon, peas, clove of garlic, grated parmesan cheese, and more olive oil if looking a little dry.

Serve up with S&P.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. April 12, 2010 2:34 am

    I've made something similar and it's been a big hit with my big and little meat- and carb-loving boys too! To make it a little bit lower in fat, though, I use some of the reserved pasta cooking water to reduce the amount of olive oil you need to make the sauce (or would a better word be "dressing"? Not really sure what makes something one or the other, but I'm sure you get the point!).

  2. April 13, 2010 8:39 pm

    Great idea! I try to use LOTS of fat here since Simone is holding that below 10th percentile category steady…but I like this suggestion. It reminds me of a favourite around here called "Quick Pasta". I'll post that in the next few weeks! Thanks Denise!

  3. August 31, 2011 5:58 pm

    I will try this for sure, sounds great. I loved the dialogue at the top.

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