Pasta Carbonara (for One)

Tonight’s dinner was an absolutely delicious dish. I’d never tried it before, but it turned out positively fantastic!  If you’ve never had pasta carbonara, now is the time. As soon as you finish reading this, get up, go to the kitchen, and gather the ingredients. Seriously. This is a quick and extremely easy recipe. And it could not be more tasty!

Pasta Carbonara (for One)

Spaghetti noodles
Olive oil
Parmesan cheese
2 Strips of bacon, sliced/chopped
1 Egg
Salt and Pepper
Garlic, minced
Green onions, diced (optional)
Capers (optional)
Dry white wine (optional)

So, while your spaghetti is cooking in salted water, chop up some bacon slices into strips or chunks and toss them into a frying pan with a little bit of olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Let the bacon get almost to your desired crispy goodness before adding in a bit of garlic, capers, and one (or more) diced green onion. If you have it on hand, add in a splash of white wine. Stir it around and get up any tasty bits stuck to the bottom. This is called deglazing and it’s the source or lots and lots of flavor. Drain the pasta and return it to the pot. Dump the bacon sauce into the pot, turning down the flame to a low setting. Now comes the fun part. Beat the egg and lots and lots of parmesan cheese together in a bowl. Then stream it into the pot while stirring the noodles. Stir like crazy. You want the egg mixture to come together as a creamy sauce and to cook slightly. Plate it and devour! Trust me, it’s absolutely divine.

Ingredients line-up!  :)

Ingredients line-up! 🙂 Sans olive oil and wine.

Nice, crispy bacon bits, green onion, and capers :)

Nice, crispy bacon bits, green onion, and capers!

Tasty bacon mixture on top of pasta, waiting for the egg and parmesan mixture.

Tasty bacon mixture on top of pasta, waiting for the egg and parmesan mixture.

Completed pasta carbonara dish!  Topped with parmesan and some store bought bacon bits.  HEAVENLY!

Completed pasta carbonara dish! Topped with parmesan and some store bought bacon bits. HEAVENLY!

Now, go forth and cook!

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