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30-Minute Pasta Carbonara

30-Minute Pasta Carbonara

By Angie Ash, EVP The answer to an “I have no energy to cook” night, this homemade dish comes together in just half an hour and is so delicious! Find the recipe on one of my favorite food blogs, Ambitious Kitchen, here!

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup grated pecorino romano or grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 8 ounces bacon (or sub turkey bacon)
  • 10 ounces spaghetti or fusilli; feel free to use gluten free or whole grain pasta if desired
  • 1/3 cup reserved pasta water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen peas, thawed (less if desired)
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • freshly ground salt, to taste
  1. Add eggs, cheese and garlic powder to a medium bowl and whisk until combined. Set aside.

  2. Add bacon to a large skillet or pan and place over medium heat, cook bacon on both sides until golden brown. If the pan starts to smoke at any point, simply lower the heat. I always cook my bacon on medium to medium low heat.

  3. Once bacon is done, blot with a paper towel to absorb excess grease, then chop into bite sized pieces and set aside. If you used regular bacon (not turkey bacon), drain bacon grease from pan, leaving only about 1-3 teaspoons grease in the pan. You’ll be using this pan for the pasta so remove it from the heat and the hot burner and set aside on the stovetop.

  4. While the bacon is cooking, place a large pot of water over high heat and add in a generous amount of salt. Once the water boils, stir in the pasta and cook until al dente.

  5. Once pasta is done cooking, reserve 1/3 cup of pasta water and set aside, then drain remaining pasta in a colander. IMMEDIATELY transfer pasta to the pan you cooked the bacon in; the pan might still be warm but it should not be over any direct heat.

  6. Slowly stir in the egg and parmesan mixture and use tongs to coat the pasta with the mixture. The warmth of the pasta will help cook the eggs and make them nice and creamy to coat the pasta. The eggs should not be curdled or chunky. Add in a little bit of the reserved pasta water as necessary to make the sauce creamier. I usually only add a few tablespoons of reserved pasta water, but it depends on how creamy you like your pasta!

  7. Give the pasta another stir, then add in 1/4 teaspoon salt, LOTS of freshly ground black pepper, the chopped bacon and thawed peas. Stir again to coat. Taste and add more salt and pepper if necessary. Enjoy! Serves 4. Garnish with parm and dig in!

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