Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Pasta Carbonara

Early morning, and before getting on with my day, I give you a dinner suggestion for tonight: Pasta Carbonara. This Italian dish is a wonderful change from the meat sauce you probably have more often.  I made this the other day, and it was a huge success with everybody.
Before you stop reading:
If you are single, married, student, working, not working, have kids or not, you do eat, don't you?  And this is very simple, so easy to make, and it tastes heavenly!  Did I say it's easy to make?  And did I say it don't take long?  Basically, just the time it takes to boil your pasta!

Pasta Carbonara

Bacon (rindless): 3/4 lbs / 300g
Eggs: 5
Cream or half-and-half : 1 lb /4-5 dl (Norway: Matfløte)
Garlic: 2 cloves
Grated Parmesan:  4-5 tbs / ss
Tomataoes: 2 large, or 3-4 smaller
1/2 onion (yellow or red)
Pasta (Spirali, Penne): 1 1/4 lbs /5-600g 

1-2 tsp /ts salt
1 tbs /ss cooking oil
Fresh ground pepper
  1.  Cut bacon in small pieces.  Chop the garlic cloves in tiny pieces. 
  2. Cut the tomates  in small cubes, chop the onion in tiny, tiny pieces. Set aside in two bowls.
  3. Boil water with some salt and oil, add pasta and cook accordingly to directions.  When done, drain, and put back in pot.
  4. While the pasta is cooking: Cook the bacon in frying pan on high heat.  When done, turn down to very low heat, add chopped garlic.
  5. In a medium size bowl: Beat eggs, add cream and grated parmesan and some fresh ground pepper.  Add bacon and garlic to the bowl.
  6. When the pasta is drained and put back in the pot, add the mixture,  low to medium heat, and stir until you notice the eggs starting to thicken.  (just a few minutes).
Serve immediately.  Bowls of tomatoes and onions are put on the table, everybody can sprinkle on top of their plate.  Serve with French or Italian bread, or Norwegian loff or rundstykker (dinner rolls)

This is enough for a family of six.  And if you are less people, make half the recipe, or have yummy leftovers! (Ideal for heating in the microwave oven!)


  1. Yummy! I'm always on the lookout out for fast recipes. Thanks for visiting my blog. :)

  2. Thanks for the yummy suggestion. I think that I may just have to try it out.

  3. Thanks for visiting my blog and sharing your recipe. I'll keep it in mind! :-)

    Have a wonderful day!


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