Classic Pasta alla Carbonara transforms bacon and eggs into a rich and quick, yet guest-worthy dish. It’s always a crowd-pleaser with many coming back for seconds. We make Pasta alla Carbonara a hearty meal with the addition of rotisserie chicken. Scallops or shrimp would be an elegant option.
|Prep time:||15 minutes|
|Cook time:||30 minutes|
|Servings:||6 – 8|
- 7 large Eggs, yolks only
- 4 tablespoons Butter (1/2 stick)
- 1/4 cup Heavy (Whipping) Cream
- 1 teaspoon Chicken Bouillon paste
- 8 ounces thick-sliced Bacon, diced
- 2 – 4 cloves Garlic, chopped
- optional: 4 – 6 ounces sliced Mushrooms; 3 ounces Brie; 5 ounces fresh Baby Spinach or 1 cup frozen Peas
- 12 ounces Fettucine, Spaghetti or Linguine
- 4 ounces Parmesan or Romano Cheese, grated (1 cup)
- Freshly ground Black Pepper
1 rotisserie Chicken, cooked Shrimp or Scallops
- 1/4 cup fresh Parsley, snipped
- freshly grated Nutmeg
- Let eggs, butter and cream stand at room temperature for 2 to 3 hours. Fast fix option: Place eggs in a deep bowl and cover with warm water. Let stand 1/2 hour. If water cools to touch before you’re ready to crack and use eggs, then drain and repeat.
- In a deep pot or Dutch oven, bring 4 quarts of water to a rapid boil. While you wait for water to boil, dice bacon and garlic. In a wide skillet over medium heat, cook bacon, adding garlic when bacon is about halfway cooked. If desired, add sliced mushrooms to skillet with bacon about halfway through cooking process. Add chicken bouillon paste once bacon is cooked. If adding brie, turn heat down to lowest setting, add brie and stir to combine. If using fresh spinach, add to skillet once bacon and mushrooms are cooked, turn off heat and cover with lid to steam. If not using mushrooms, brie or spinach, remove bacon from pan and drain on paper towels.
- As soon as water boils, add pasta and cook until al dente (firm to the tooth), see pasta package for timing. If using frozen peas, add to boiling water 1 minute before draining pasta. Drain well.
- Heat an ovenproof serving dish in a 250 degree F oven. (If using a Dutch oven for pasta, you may omit this step and use the pot as a serving dish.) Meanwhile, beat together eggs and cream just until blended. Once serving dish is hot, drop butter in and follow with hot pasta, toss together. Pour egg/cream mixture over and toss again until pasta is thoroughly coated. Add bacon (et al), cheese and parsley, toss to mix. Add pepper to taste.
- Serving options: Top with a sprinkle of parsley or capers, freshly grated nutmeg and slices of rotisserie chicken.
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