I was sitting and drinking a glass of wine when I wanted to make a super tasty easy meal for me and my husband. I kept thinking while the wine kept pouring, and finally I thought of Carbonara. I’ve always wanted to make this dish, but never got around to making it. I actually made it this past Sunday and I loved it. The pasta danced in my head so much I had to make it again. This dish should have it’s own day of the week! Maybe Carbonara Tuesday????
Get ready to raid your pantry and make a delicious simple meal that your whole family will love or if you want to drink a bottle of wine and you want a fantastic pasta to pair nicely with the fermented grape juice.
1 1/2 lbs. Farfalle pasta
1/2 Cup Heavy Cream
2 Handfuls of shredded Parmesan
1 lb. Bacon
1 Package of fresh sliced Mushrooms
Grab a large pot. Fill it with water. Place on high heat. Once the water is boiling, season with salt like the salinity of the sea. Add the pasta and follow the instructions on the box. For Al dente pasta. Cook one minute less than what it says on the back of the box.
Now, mix the heavy cream, parmesan, and eggs together until they are fully incorporated. Set this aside.
After the first two steps, you will now begin the bacon mixture. Add the bacon to a hot pan on high heat. When the bacon is half brown add the mushrooms. (Do not add any salt because the mushrooms will release water. This will happen with any recipe. And don’t wash your mushrooms with water. This will make them rubbery and gross. Just gently wipe them with a dry paper towel or cloth towel.) Then coarsely chop the onion and add it to the bacon and mushroom mixture. Let the onions get a tad translucent. Now, add the tomatoes, but don’t let them burst. Take the bacon mixture off the heat by placing it on a plate with paper towels to soak up the oil.
Meanwhile, the pasta should almost be done. Place egg mixture inside of a large bowl or a cool large pot. (You don’t want the eggs to scramble. The bowl or pot have to be cooled.) Strain the pasta in a colander, immediately add the pasta to the egg mixture. You must stir fast and right away to get the creamy egg mixture to coat the pasta. The heat of the pasta will cook the eggs creating a creamy sauce. Once the pasta is incorporated with the egg mixture, you may add the bacon mixture. Stir. Season to taste. Now add some parsley to make it pretty.
Congratulations!! You just made a decadent easy dinner for you and your family or for yourself to enjoy in peace and quiet with a bottle of wine. A nice crisp wine would pair beautifully with this meal. Maybe a Pinot Grigio, but if you want depth to the flavor, pair with a nice Chardonnay with an earthy oak finish. This will make make your taste buds sing.
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