Friday, April 8, 2011

Fabulous Friday Food - Spaghetti Carbonara

Happy Friday! And what a happy Friday it is.

And in honor of Happy Friday, let's make some happy food this weekend, shall we? And what could be more happy than bacon?

Oh, the joy!

My sister, Jenn, gave me this recipe a lot of years ago, and it has been one of our family favorites ever since. This is easy, quick, and delicious. I guarantee your family will love it.

So let's get cooking! Spaghetti Carbonara.

First, take some happy . . . I mean, bacon. Slice it up, and put it in a skillet.

Cook it until it's as crispy as you like it. Personally, I'm kind of a crispy gal. This should come as a surprise to no one.

Set that aside to drain, but reserve some of the bacon drippings. Three tablespoons, to be exact.

Take some garlic, and gently cook it in the bacon drippings (I hate to call it fat. Doesn't "drippings" sound so much better?)

Next, take some spaghetti that you've already cooked. (It wouldn't work with the dry stuff. Duh!) And toss it around with the garlic mixture.

Next, add some room temperature (very important!) half & half, egg yolks, Parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper.

Gently stir that around over low heat until the mixture warms and thickens just a bit. Be careful not to leave it on the heat too long or it will get kind of clumpy. Trust me.

Add back the cooked bacon.

And some chopped fresh parsley.

Toss that around a bit, then top with some more fresh Parmesan. Serve immediately.

Oh, bacon heaven! Try this one--it's so easy! And let me know what you think.

Here's the printable version: Spaghetti Carbonara.

So tell me, what are your plans for the weekend?

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  1. Shelly, this looks soooo good - and easy! I will definitely be trying this out soon. Probably with grilled chicken and a salad - so I can pretend it's healthy. ;)

  2. Yum. Can't wait to taste this.

  3. I am making this soon! Looks heavenly! Adding it to my bookmarked recipes.

  4. I love carbonara! I make Pastor Ryan's version (Pioneer Woman's friend) but I'm going to have to give yours a try.

  5. This looks easy and delicious.

    We are going tomorrow to Starved Rock State park with the girls to do a little hiking . . . especially if the weather turns out to be as good as promised.

    What are your weekend plans?


  6. I tried Carbonara for the first time last week. Oh my goodness, a new favorite in this family. Bacon, cream, pasta, how can you go wrong!

  7. Just forwarded this to my mom who cooks for a family twice a week! I know they will love it!