This is hands down my most requested recipe when I serve it. So, I thought it time to bring it to the top of the blog so I can find it easier:) ALSO..I figure this out because Max wasn't in the mood for this and I was. You can make this in the same amount of time that it takes to heat up the oven and make a frozen pizza!! So, it goes in my under 30 minutes to table too!!
Maybe I'll even post a new recipe here and there? I kinda miss you guys!!
True pasta carbonara doesn't have any vegetables but I think they really add something. Do I think it's making it a tad healthier?? Nah, I just like the way it tastes but I'll eat this with or without vegetables. You can also tone down the red pepper flakes as I did the last time I made it for the kids but everything else is a MUST.
3/4 box Thin Spaghetti
1/2 lb of Bacon ~ chopped
3 cloves of garlic ~ minced
1/2 T Red Pepper Flakes
1 Pepper ~ chopped ~ I use a variation of colors to equal one just because I think it's prettier
1/2 lb fresh Asparagus ~ broken into pieces
2 Egg Yolks
1 ladle pasta water
1/2 container Shredded Parmesan Cheese ~ I personally prefer Asiago but I had Parmesan handy and NO you canNOT use the grated green can stuff
Fresh Cracked Pepper
Fill a pasta pot with water and a LOT of salt. The water should taste salty, I'm guessing 2-3 T of salt~I've never measured, sorry.
In a pan, add your bacon, garlic and red pepper flakes. A few cranks of the pepper mill. Cook until bacon is good and crispy and nicely browned. Add peppers and stir around a couple of minutes. You can turn off the heat and wait for the pasta to finish cooking at this point if you need to.
The water is boiling, add your pasta and give a stir. Throw your asparagus into the water and boil for about 2 minutes, should still have a little crunch left. Scoop the asparagus out and throw into pan with bacon and peppers, it stays floating on the top so it's not hard to get out with a slotted spoon. Turn the heat back on the bacon pan.
Your egg yolks are in a bowl, scoop out a ladle of water and pour into yolks. You are whisking the yolks as you add the water because you don't want to end up with cooked eggs.
Your pasta should be done. Drain your pasta but don't rinse. Add pasta to the bacon, toss. Add egg yolks and toss again. Takes about 1/2-1 minute to thicken. Turn off the heat. Add the cheese. Toss again, taste to see if you need some more pepper and serve.
See all the salt in the bottom of the pan.
Here is your bacon, pepper flakes and garlic. I took this photo like this so you can see how much we're talking about. I also put a few cranks of fresh pepper on top of the bacon. It's about layering the flavors with this dish and I like the peppery taste.
Here's your vegetables ready to go.
The cheese, gotta have the cheese. Lots of cheese..yum!
See how crispy the bacon is, add the peppers and give it a stir.
See, told you the asparagus would float on top.
The egg yolks have been whisked with the pasta water and is waiting to finish the dish.
Throw your asparagus in.
Add the pasta, give it a toss. Add the egg yolks, give another toss and cook until thickened.
Add the cheese. Don't be cheap with the cheese. A couple more cranks of fresh cracked pepper.
I sprinkled red pepper flakes on mine since I cut down for the kids but if you don't want spicy. Dig in!!