August 18, 2012

Pasta ala Sunny...or my take on Pasta Carbonara

If you fear fat you shouldn't be reading this to start with!  This is quite the tasty and actually easy dish.  Andrew adds extra salt; the bacon is enough for me.  You be the judge.

Pasta ala Sunny...or my take on Pasta Carbonara

8 oz package gluten-free pasta (I like TJ's brand)
8 oz diced, bacon (again, I like to use TJ's Ends and uses celery or something to cure it rather than nitrates/nitrites; but it's a bit fattier...more the merrier to me)
4 eggs
1/2-1 c shredded Parmesan (more makes it a bit creamier but sometimes you use what you have!)
3 cloves garlic, minced
~4 c chopped broccoli (about 2 heads)
~1 lb little zucchini (3-4 little ones)

Cut up your broccoli and cook for about 4 minutes in the microwave, covered and with just a touch of water (1 T or less).  Meanwhile, cut up the zucchini fairly thin.  

Start a large pot of water to cook your pasta.

Take a large frying pan, preferably Cast iron, and throw in your diced bacon.  Cook until almost crispy, remove from pan with slotted spoon and set aside for a sec.  Turn the pan on low, throw in the broccoli and the zucchini.  Add the minced garlic.  Saute for a few minutes and then add the bacon back in.  

Whisk your eggs in a bowl and then whisk in the Parmesan.

Once your pasta is cooked drain it.  DO NOT run cold water over it.  Dump it back in the pot, stir the egg/cheese mixture together with the pasta.  This creates a yummy, creamy sauce; i.e. the heat from the pasta cooks the eggs.

I didn't cook my pasta in a large enough pot to add the veggies and bacon so at this point I transferred the pasta with sauce to a LARGE bowl and then stirred in the veggies and bacon mixture.  That's it.  Put a little fresh ground pepper on top when you serve if you like.  This makes a lot (we probably could have fed 4 adults and Dylan)!

NOTE: If you just want a side dish, ignore the veggie part but not the bacon part.  Cook the bacon until crisp and stir in at the end.  You can toss in a bit of the bacon grease and save the rest for another wonderful meal.

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