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Pasta Carbonara - Quick & Easy Recipe with Eggs and Bacon
This Original Italian Recipe has Been in My Family for Generations.
This is a simple and delicious dish, ready in only 15 minutes. If you like eggs and bacon, you'll love this recipe.
The typical carbonara is usually made with spaghetti, but you can make carbonara with any other kinds of pasta; some ideas are: linguine, rotini, bow ties, or penne.
Short noodles, like penne, are much easier for kids (and adults) to grab with the fork, and much less messy to eat, than spaghetti.
Linguine alla Carbonara
Penne alla Carbonara
- 1 pound Penne
- 4 Eggs, whole
- 8 Slices of smoked bacon, diced
- 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
- ½ tsp Salt
- ½ tsp Black pepper
- 4 tbsp Heavy cream, optional
Penne Carbonara with Ingredients
- Bring 12 cups (3 liters) of water to a boil, then add 1 tbsp of salt. Cook the penne in the boiling water, according to cooking time on the package.
- In a bowl, whisk the eggs, Parmesan cheese, salt and black pepper. For a creamier sauce, add the heavy cream (optional).
- Dice the bacon. Cook the bacon in a pan with 4 tablespoons of water on medium heat, for about 10 minutes, or until it gets a golden color.
- When the pasta is cooked, drain it using a colander, and immediately pour the drained pasta back in the same hot pot it came from. (Tip: To keep the sauce creamier, keep bout 1/3 of a cup the pasta's cooking water.)
- Keep the pot on the medium heat stove for 1-2 minutes. While stirring, add the bacon with all its cooking juices, and add the egg mix. Keep stirring for a couple of minutes, this will allow the creamy egg sauce to cook.
- Serve hot. You may add some grated Parmesan cheese on top of each plate. Enjoy! :)
Penne alla Carbonara Served with Freshly Grated Parmigiano Cheese
Bring 12 cups (3 liters) of water to a boil, then salt with 1 tbsp of salt.
Adding Soluble Fibers to the Pasta Sauce
Penne Carbonara is a very nutritious dish, a great go-to recipe for those occasions when you haven't much time to cook, but are very hungry and in the mood for a satisfying dish.
This is the true original recipe from Italy, and, as per tradition, it has no veggies in the ingredients.
Therefore the only thing missing in this dish to become a well balanced complete meal are fibers. Since I am a big fun of veggies and of complete meals, I often add soluble fibers to the seasoning mix, while I'm beating the eggs.
This way I make sure that on top of all the vitamins, minerals, calcium, carbs, and fat that this dish provides, there are also the ever-useful fibers.
Original Italian Carbonara Recipe
The carbonara recipe presented here is the one that my grandma Antonia used to make for me when I was a teenager.
Grandma lived with us, and on summer Sundays I would usually sleep until noon or even 1 pm.
I remember her smile when she came to wake me up, sit at the feet of my bed, and ask if I wanted carbonara for lunch. It was just the two of us during summer.
So I had no breakfast on Sundays, I was going straight from sleeping status to sharing a yummy carbonara with grandma.
I Learned this Recipe from My Grandma that Lived with Us. This Is Where I Grew Up.
The little town near Venice where I grew up. The carbonara recipe is from my Italian family tradition.
© 2012 Robie Benve