I LOVE pasta.
Not every day. Or every week even.
But once in a while, I get that craving.. that rich, creamy taste just makes my mouth water.
This is how I know I can never be a full time paleo... tician?
Oh well. As long as every thing's in moderation, right?
Pasta + Eggs.
What a wonderful concept.
Have you ever tried it?
Oh my gosh, it's the bees knees!
The recipe for the carbonara I made last night called for a mixture of eggs and parm to be folded into the pasta right before serving. The result turned out better than I could have expected.
The only complaint from the husband was that he could have used more bacon.
Story of my life.
My excuse was that this was a "diet" version...
a concept destroyed by an immediate second serving.
Goal for the rest of my life? Restraint.
I'll keep working on it.
Portobello and Leek Carbonara
[adapted from my foodie blog crush, How Sweet It Is] serves 2-4
-4 slices thick-cut bacon, chopped
-2 leeks, trimmed, cleaned and patted dry
-12 ounces portobello mushrooms, chopped
-1/2 pound whole wheat linguine
-2 large eggs
-3/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
Bring water for pasta to a boil.
Heat a large skillet oven medium heat and add bacon. Cook until fat is rendered and bacon is crispy – about 6-7 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and place on a paper towel to drain. Reduce heat to low.
Add in leeks with a pinch of salt, then toss mushrooms on top. Stir everything together to coat, then let cook until ingredients are softened – about 5 minutes. At this time, throw the pasta in the water to cook – it is really important that the pasta is hot. While the pasta is cooking, mix eggs and cheese together in a large bowl. The mixture will be thick.
As soon as pasta is finished, reserve 1/2-3/4 cup liquid, drain pasta and immediately throw into the skillet. Toss with the leeks and mushrooms to coat, then remove from heat. With a large spoon in one hand, add the egg mixture right on top and immediately begin stirring the pasta together. I usually stir for a good minute or two. At this time if desired, add the pasta water to the skillet to make things a bit more creamy and saucy. Toss in bacon. Serve immediately with extra cheese!