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Pasta Carbonara

Farm Wine Dine by Lonnie Metzler :

I can’t think of an easier more delicious meal to make in a hurry than Pasta Carbonara. Last night, I realized that it was nearly 5 o’clock and I hadn’t even thought about what to make for dinner.

On days like that, I usually turn to my trusty Pasta Carbonara recipe that I have tucked away in my head. Perfect for when I just can’t think of anything to make.  Plus, it’s made with what I always keep stashed away in the pantry or fridge.

It all starts with a ½ pound of chopped bacon.

I know this seems like a lot, but it cooks down and you’ll discard most of the drippings once it’s cooked.

Mmmmm, bacon!

chopped bacon frying

While the bacon is frying, chop one small onion and mince two large cloves of garlic.

garlic and onions chopped

Once the bacon is crispy, drain the grease, keep about 1 tablespoon to cook the onions and garlic.

Add the onions to the pan and cook until translucent, then add the garlic.

Cook for only about one minute because burned garlic is bitter and will ruin the whole dish!

frying bacon onions and garlic

Add 1 ½ cups of chicken stock and 1 teaspoon of pepper to the mixture.

Keep in mind that you don’t want to add salt because the bacon is pretty salty already.

Simmer the mixture until the chicken stock has reduced by about half.  Then set this pan aside.

stock with garlic onions and bacon

Meanwhile, crack 3 eggs into a bowl and add freshly grated Parmesan cheese.

Then whisk it all together.

cheese with eggs

Cook the pasta according to the directions on the back of the box.

Once cooked, reserve about 1 cup of the pasta water to use to thin out the sauce if needed.

Drain the pasta and put it back into the pot that you cooked it in (off the heat).

pasta water reserved

Stir in the egg mixture.

egg and cheese mixture being added to pasta

Then, add the bacon mixture.

adding bacon mixture to pasta and eggs

Stir the whole thing until the pasta is coated and it is all nice and creamy.

The heat of the pasta will cook the eggs to create a sauce.

You can add the reserved pasta water if it seems too thick.  Top with parsley.

Fork and pasta

Ingredients:

12 oz. spaghetti

½ pound of bacon, chopped

1 small onion, diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

3 eggs

¾ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

1 teaspoon black pepper

2 tsp. fresh chopped parsley

Instructions:

Fry the bacon and while it bacon is frying, chop one small onion and mince two large cloves of garlic.

Once the bacon starts to get crispy, drain the grease, reserving about 1 tablespoon. Add the onions to the pan and cook until translucent, then add the garlic.  Add1 ½ cups of chicken stock and pepper.  Reduce liquid by half.

Whisk together eggs and Parmesan cheese.

Cook the pasta according to the directions on the back of the box. Reserve 1 cup of the pasta water.  Drain the pasta and put it back into the pot off the heat.  Stir in the egg mixture and bacon mixture. Stir the whole thing until the pasta is coated and Add the reserved pasta water if needed to thin the sauce slightly.

Top with parsley and enjoy!  Serve with Kono 2016 Sauvignon Blanc. Delish!

Please leave your comments below, I’d love to hear from you.  Until next time, cheers!

About the Author

Lonnie created her blog Farm Wine Dine to share her story and love for country living. A  graduate of Colorado State University, she earned a Master’s Degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition. Through this, she  developed a passion for cooking and a love of teaching others.

Lonnie was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. In the spring of 2014, she and husband and ditched the city-life and moved to the country to manage the farm that has been in the family for nearly a century.  Self taught cooks, you’ll find them in the kitchen cooking together on most nights.

In February of 2017, Lonnie and her husband welcomed their first child, a baby girl.  They couldn’t be happier.

Lonnie owns a marketing and website design company, Lonnie Metzler LLC.  Her philosophy is to be dedicated to each of her clients by building an authentic story about their company to help foster their success.

On her blog, she tells of her journey and is inspired to share what she knows and is continuing to learn every day.

 

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