Pasta Carbonara: A Family Favorite

Pasta Carbonara the most requested meal of every week.  Or as my kids like to call it “bacon pasta”.  No, I do not make it every week, but they ask every week.  I like to grab my calendar for the dinner table every Sunday and ask the kids what meals they would like to have this week.  Most the time their suggestions are taken and make my meal planning easier because it can be hard to come up with 5 meals every week.  I only say 5 because either Friday or Saturday is spent out and the other is pizza.  Whether it is bought or I make it homemade.  Other times I tell them not this week, is there something else you would like?  For example, we can’t eat bacon pasta every week or steak every week, but they like to try!

A little fun tip to try at dinner.  Over dinner ask your kids their happy and sad part of the day.  Go around the table and take turns sharing.  It makes dinner fun and helps your children express their day to everyone.  It is an easy way to stay involved without pestering especially as the kids get older.

 

Pasta Carbonara:

8 oz. uncooked spaghetti

2 eggs

1/2 pound of bacon

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 tbs. minced garlic or garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon pepper

1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan (I like Costco)

1/2 cup of water from the spaghetti water (for a creamier sauce use milk instead)

 

  1. Cook the spaghetti according to the package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, beat the egg in a bowl and set aside.
  3. Cook the bacon in a large saucepan over medium heat until it is cooked crisp.  Remove it from the pan and drain it on a plate lined with paper towels.  Leave the bacon fat in the pan and add the olive oil.  Heat.  Add the garlic powder.
  4. When the spaghetti is cooked, lift it out of the water with tongs and put it in the saucepan with the bacon and garlic.  Measure 1/2 cup of pasta water and discard the rest.  Pour the pasta water in the saucepan with the bacon, pasta, and garlic.  Use the tongs to turn the spaghetti over several times.  Add the eggs and continue stirring until the egg is cooked.
  5. When the egg is completely cooked add the salt and pepper and cheese.  Continue stirring until well-mixed.  When the cheese is mostly melted remove the pan from the heat and serve!  I like to add Parsley on top for extra touch of color.

*Serves 6-8

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