Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Spaghetti Alla Carbonara

It’s pretty cold here today. By “pretty cold” I mean 12 below 0. Well, that’s the claim. Every time I hear the weather forecast on the news it gets a little more dramatic. Before we know it, it will be dipping down to -100. Anyway, what I do know is that it is so cold that the usually heartless bastards that run my son’s school district cancelled classes today so that means hell IS freezing over. I know from talking to my mother in south Texas that they are also anticipating a cold snap themselves of degrees in the high 20s. All I have to say is that until you have to worry about your car radiator freezing to your driveway, it’s not that cold. I love you all, but you guys are a bunch of babies.

In preparation for the incoming storm and a snow day with a hungry boy at home, I slid all the way to the grocery store yesterday afternoon for a few staples with no clear game plan on what I would be preparing for the next few days. I picked up some cooking oil, orange bell peppers (at $1 each I couldn’t resist), a gallon of distilled water for my son’s chameleon, a gallon of chocolate milk for my son and a bottle of wine for me; as you can see very important ingredients for life during a winter storm. I was so proud of myself making it to the store and back in one piece. . . and then evening set in. I had no plans for supper and a motley collection of ingredients in the fridge. I didn’t think that the guys would go for fried bell peppers in chocolate milk sauce, so I got a little creative with the few things I had on hand. What I decided on is a favorite of mine when I go out, but something I’ve never made at home, Spaghetti Carbonara. I have to say that this simply delicious dish that is easily assembled with six, count ‘em SIX ingredients, was so delicious that the only audible sounds at the table were the oohs and aahs coming from my husband and son. Seriously, next time you find yourself with a box of spaghetti and ingredients for half a breakfast, give this super simple recipe a try.


Spaghetti Carbonara

Originally this recipe called for only 4 ounces of bacon but I love bacon so much I doubled it. If you do this you will need to pour off about half of the drippings so it won’t be too greasy. I also like to sprinkle some chopped parsley, freshly ground black pepper and red pepper flakes on it if I have them on hand, but it is still delicious as is. I also hear that this is best when made with Pecorino Romano but I usually just have Parmesan which I think is great.

1 pound dry spaghetti
2 tablespoons light olive oil
4 – 8 ounces smoked bacon or pancetta, sliced into thin strips
2 large cloves garlic, crushed
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus a couple tablespoons extra for serving

Cook spaghetti according to package directions; reserving 1 cup of the pasta water before draining.

While pasta is cooking, fry bacon in olive oil a large non-stick frying pan until it is crisp; add crushed garlic and cook for 1 minute longer.

Combine eggs and 1 cup Parmesan cheese in a medium size bowl; set aside.

Pour drained pasta into the frying pan with the bacon, drippings and garlic. Remove pan from the heat. Toss to coat spaghetti with the ingredients in the frying pan. Pour eggs and cheese over the pasta and toss quickly to coat. If pasta seems a bit dry, ladle reserved pasta water over a 1/4 cup at a time until desired moistness is achieved. This isn't a saucy pasta but it should be moist. Serve immediately with extra grated cheese sprinkled over.

Serves 6.

This current CSN giveaway is open to all public followers of this blog who just simply leave me a comment. If you don't currently follow please sign up by clicking the white "Follow" button and leaving me a comment at the bottom of my post. That's it, you're in! I'll let Random.org choose my winner on the 10th of February around 12 noon mountain time. Please only one comment per follower. Good luck!!!

125 comments:

Yenta Mary said...

I adore this dish -- absolutely passionately in love with it! We're expecting 15" of snow tonight and into tomorrow, and my friend who grew up in Buffalo thinks WE'RE all a bunch of babies! Store shelves were literally empty last night -- even the shelf near the checkout at Trader Joe's that held Roasted Seaweed (bleah!) was bare!!!

megan said...

That recipe sounds very easy and yummy! Thanks for the giveaway!

Debbie G. said...

With Kevin gone through the week I will make this for the kids and I. So - you consider us South Texans to be a bunch of babies, do ya? Dems fightin' words ... LOL I know whenever I post on Facebook that it's in the 60's and I'm freezing I feel somewhat guilty, but I can't help it! I'm aclimatized to the weather here. Keep the recipes coming please!

Mami2jcn said...

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Andrea the Kitchen Witch said...

Oh boy that sounds delicious! As you well know its freezing outside here in CO and this would be quite delightful on this sub zero day. I think I'll have the hubby get some bacon on the way home :)

Awesome CSN giveaway, I love that place!w

Tracy said...

Yum. I love spaghetti carbonara. This winter is cracking me up. Here we're having a cold winter but nothing dramatically different than usual.

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I'm a GFC follower (rickpeggysmith)
Thanks so much for this wonderful giveaway.
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Angela FRS said...

I was fairly amazed at how many people didn't show up at work today, so I agree with the babies thing. Hey, I lived in the U.P. for five years!! I heart Carbonara and I also heart giveaways--count me in.

snowluvnferret said...

Yum yum! That pasta looks de-lish!

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Anonymous said...

Thanks for the recipe. Looks yummy. Now if I could just talk my husband into making it for me :)
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Kelly K. said...

Great recipe, I have been looking for something different. ktk403 at gmail dot com

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Thanks for the recipe and giveaway

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I'm following,

Julie D. said...

I'm a new GFC follower. The recipe looks great!
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Lea Ann said...

ok, now how are you going to feel if it actually gets down to 100 below tonight????? ;-)

Too funny, our pre-event trip to the store was for algae disks for the aquarium, dog treats, wine, saltines and a box of Dots.

Spaghetti carbonara is one of my all time favorites. Fabulous dish that I've not made for awhile.

Stay warm Karen....and by the way, I'm a follower.

jlmk said...

I just concocted a pantry pasta meal myself!

Thanks for the contest - I follow.

nhmoose99 said...

With 2 feet on snow expected between tonight and Thursday AM this sounds good!!

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Domestic Diva said...

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suburban prep said...

This is one of the best meals that there are to make.
My husband and I do not make too often but when we do we know we will have a great meal.

I am a follower

cstironkat said...

We are under blizzard like conditions here and I like pasta as the ultimate comfort food.
I follow you on GFC as cstironkat

Anonymous said...

One of my favorite pasta dishes. You need to have the "Fruition's" version one day. They serve it deconstructed. It is to die for!
Yeah, another snow day tomorrow. Stay warm.
Kirsten

Anonymous said...

New gfc follower and would love to use towards some new cookware! tracietrump@yahoo.com

BethElderton said...

I'm brand new follower, BethElderton

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(I also bookmarked this recipe!)

sodahoney said...

Oh man. I love this recipe. My daughter lives in NY and my heart goes out to the rest of the country. I live in Phoenix and wouldn't trade our summers for NE winters. I know how Debbie G feels, a little quilty complaining about our cold snap

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mistee said...

Looks good.

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Marie said...

Bummer, I live in the UK. Love the Spaghetti Carbonara though! Looks very tasty!

Shel said...

It's cold here in Ohio...my daughter's school principal is part Alaskan Husky and it normally takes an act of Congress to get her to close school..but she did yesterday and again today (which is why *I* get to stay up late..yippee!!!).

Your recipe sounds delicious...I adore bacon..yum!

and I'm a new follower -thanks for offering the giveaway.
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sweepmom said...

I am following on GFC.

Cranberry Morning said...

That looks simply delicious!!

Peace Love and Pets said...

I follow through GFC (Peace Love and Pets) and I have to say, I never thought of Bacon in my pasta dishes, this sounds amazing, I will be buying all the ingredients to try this for sure

Midwest to Midlands said...

I think you def. need comfort food with weather like that. Now you have made me hungry so I must go find something to eat:)

Tj and Amy said...

I follow you of course. looks yummy. amypugmire@live.com

Laurah said...

Follow you as laurah via GFC. The spaghetti recipe looks yummy!

Linda said...

I follow you on GFC(Linda G), thanks for the recipe, I'm going to try it!
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Diane said...

I am a gfc follower! We were supposed to get 15+ inches of snow along Lake Ontario but all we got was a few inches, which is nothing for us!

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Following you with GFC (Bacallsmom)

buzzd said...

Looks really good..now I am hungry

Jessica said...

I want to win and I follow!

Mary said...

This looks so good. I love carbonnara and I have a taste for pasta tonight. Your timing is perfect :-). I hope you have a great evening. Blessings...Mary

hmb said...

I follow as Cujo(HMB99). Thanks for the recipe - sound yummy

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sksweeps said...

I'm a follower and your recipe sounds great! I'll have to try it when my (vegetarian) daughter is gone one night.

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amied027 said...

following through GFC. This recipe looks delish, I can't wait to try it! Thanks! ard1977@gmail dot com

clc408 said...

Following on gfc (clc408)
I love the recipe. We're iced in here and comfort food sounds great.

Allie said...

I'm a follower and also a lover of Spaghetti Carbonara :)

Hope you stay warm, it's 27 in Houston right now and they are talking about letting the kids out of school early because we'll have freezing rain at 9pm. City shuts down here haha.

Katie said...

I'm a follower!

That carbonara looks yummy. Mmm, bacon. :)

Wow, that's cold where you are! Here in the Northeast we are getting a ton O snow [for us] and it's been pretty nippy, but you definitely win this one.

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nfmgirl said...

*sigh* Carbonara is one of those things that I can no longer have since giving up meat early last year.

Thanks for the giveaway. Please count me in. Thanks so much!

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crystalf said...

I'm a follower! thanks for the great giveaway!!

Angel Jacklyn said...

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Sharon said...

I
m one of your current GFC followers (rusthawk) and I am ready for some warm weather!

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I am following you on Google Friend Connect.

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Thanks for the great giveaway!

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wcc said...

I'm from the South and I must agree with us being a bunch of babies, lol. :P I do wish that this weather wasn't wreaking havoc on my skin though!

I'm a follower via GFC and I adore CSN Stores --- thanks so much for the chance! :)
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I follow you on GFC (Ashley).

That recipe looks delicious!

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I follow via GFC. (acrook1)

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thanks for making it so easy to enter.

Anonymous said...

yummy. That comeletely just made my mouth water. hanovertomato at yahoo dot com

Clarke & Lewis said...

yummy
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Mindie said...

I follow on GFC. The recipe sounds delicious. I will have to try that one soon.

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Nancy said...

I follow! I love spaghetti cabonara! I gotta try to make this recipe!

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Debbie C said...

Love, love this dish and I will be trying it with your recipe. I never seem to get the texture, for want of a better word, correct. It still tastes good and I, too, love the extra bacon.

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terri142 said...

The recipe sounds delicious! I follow your blog publicly with google friend connect.

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cjbstar said...

I follow through gfc
Thanks for the giveaway

AEKZ2 said...

Yummy dish! I'm a new google follower.

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Julieh said...

I've been following on gfc (julieh). That recipe makes me hungry! honeypie411 at yahoo dot com

amber gi said...

gfc
your recipe looks good.
i do a "fake" version.
i start off with a package alfredo mix, add ham or bacon. red pepper flakes, garlic and a pinch of italion seasonings. i mix it with the pasta then toss with parm cheese. i bake it for about 20 minutes till it is almost turning brown and the noodles on the edges are the tiniest bit crunchy.
it tastes like a meal you worked hard at, but it is a super easy dinner.
i am making yours on friday, it is pasta night and your pic got me.
thank you
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ky2here said...

GFC follower kycouple2000, I like your carbonara recipe. We were in Italy last fall and I know how bad of a cook I am!

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jsc123 said...

I am following via Google Friends Connect.

This recipe looks like one that my family would love. We will definitely be trying this in the near future.

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I'm a follower. The recipe looks very good.

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Melissa B. said...

GFC follower.

Rebecca said...

Follower via GFC! Carbonara pasta is SO good - I've never made it myself (yet) but tried it in Italy last year and was in heaven!

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Kari said...

Hi! I'm a new follower
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Jenn S. said...

Follower. :) That dish sounds wonderful. Will have to try it out! Thanks!

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Jennifer M said...

I follow via GFC.

Tammy said...

I follow on GFC!
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Erica C. said...

I'm a GFC follower :)

Aisling said...

Your Spaghetti Carbonara looks delicious and the recipe is very simple. Thanks for that!
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Valeen said...

I follow you on GFC! This recipe looks absolutely delicious, and I'm with you... I love bacon!

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Tania said...

I'm a GFC follower. Oh, and YUM I love pasta carbonara. One of my first dishes I cooked for myself and have loved it ever since.

Liz said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I already follow you!

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Becca Ann said...

I just ate dinner and looking at that it made me hungry again! I may just have to try this! I follow on gfc

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Kitty Cardero said...

I love Spaghetti Carbonara. Now I'm going to have to make some. Thanks for the chance to win, too.

Deb said...

I follow on GFC and I love Carbonara, but I've never made it at home.

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Following via GFC, thanks!

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Anonymous said...

I follow. The recipe looks good and easy, love that and anything pasta is a hit here.

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Keenly Kristin said...

GFC follower (Kristin)...I've never made this, but would love to try!

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gnwg said...

I follow you on gfc. This looks really good, we're always looking for something new to eat and for me this would be a new way to eat spaghetti!

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Salleefur/Jesslyn/Jesster said...

Pasta Carbonara is my Honey/Hubby's favorite - and one of mine too. Plus it's so fast and easy to make! Sometimes I use Spinach (or other flavor/color) and shaped pasta. I occasionally add some veggies: mushrooms, asparagus tips, spring baby peas.

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Thanks for the recipe and the generous giveaway.

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Pamela S said...

I'm already a follower on GFC. I've never made spaghetti carbonara and thought it would be hard, but you make it sound pretty easy. I'll have to give it a try. Thanks so much! pamelashockley(AT)aol(DOT)com

Breanne said...

I follow
Thanks for the giveaway!

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Hil said...

Thanks for sharing recipes and generously hosting this contest.

brianpiero said...

Thanks for the giveaway...we make a version of this traditional Carbonara with hot italian sausage when we are out of pancetta !

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alouise6 said...

Wow thank you for the easy recipe! I always wondered how this was made. It is super cold on MI. this week. I guess it's been a hard winter for everyone this year. Thanks for the giveaway!

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purango said...

I follow. I loved reading your blog. The recipe looks delicious. CSN has all kinds of great items. Too bad they don't have bread. Everytime someone mentions snow on the news there is a rush to empty the supermerkets. garrettsambo@aol.com

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Anonymous said...

I am a follower on GFC. Jennifer R
I am a fellow pasta carbonara fan as well. Yum!
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clynsg said...

Follower via GFC. Remember that people are mostly comfortable if they are used to something--I suspect that most of the ones calling the 'southerners' babies wouldn't do too well with a hurricane, tornado or earthquake. I have lived north to south, and east to west in this country, and no matter where you go, some form of weather/natural disaster event will be there. In fact, right now I am snowed in from a record snowfall for this area, and don't expect to get out for awhile, since OK just doesn't have the equipment to deal with it.

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dvice12 said...

I follow on GFC

ckfrrt said...

I love this,something simple that actually tastes good.
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susan1215 said...

I follow and it's very cold here with a lot of snow and I'm ready for Spring.

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Swtlilchick said...

I am following you on GFC (Charlene)
I will have to try this dish it
sounds delicious.Spaghetti is my favorite meal

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Rachel said...

we tried this recipe once, and I have to say I wasn't impressed

Heather M said...

Follower and this recipe looks yummy!

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Jennifer said...

I follow via GFC. (Jennifer S.)
Thanks for the recipe! My husband loves Spaghetti Carbonara and gets it a lot when we eat out but I've never made it at home before.
Thanks for the giveaway!


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Chisum Crew said...

I'll have to try this tonight. I'm following (happi shopr). trinitygsd at yahoo dot com

Atreau said...

The recipe sounds delicious!

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I'm a GFC follower.

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I am following you gfc
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