Monday, March 29, 2010

Pasta Carbonara with Peas

Okay, who doesn’t crave a rich creamy pasta dish with bacon? Both of these vices are such comfort food and every once in a while, you just have to swing out and live a little. Saturday night was that night. We rarely eat pasta anymore and it is an incredible treat. With the “no carb revolution” still popular, pasta has become such a taboo.

My thought process is to eat relatively well during the week, with salads, fish and chicken and stay away from the “bad stuff”. But then Friday and Saturday roll around and this is the time to live a little. Of course, getting on the treadmill 3 to 4 times per week certainly helps. Sunday speeds along and I am back to living a "healthy" lifestyle and eating the best foods I can.

I believe that we must “RSVP Yes to life” and enjoy ourselves. Making the Pasta Carbonara with Peas was my take on living life. This is such a simple dish with so much satisfaction tied to it. Let me know how you live life to the fullest.

Pasta Carbonara with Peas

1 lb. Spaghetti
½ lb. Bacon, cooked until crispy
1 C. Fresh or frozen peas
¾ C. Cream
2 Eggs
¾ C. Parmesan Cheese
4 Garlic cloves, minced
1 Medium white onion, finely diced
¼ t. Nutmeg
½ t. Salt
8 Grinds of fresh ground pepper

Cook the bacon until crispy and drain well on paper towels. Then crumble in to small pieces. Set aside. Leave about 1 tablespoon of the drippings in the pan and remove the rest. You will use this to cook the onions and garlic. Add the onions and cook for 5 minutes on medium heat until translucent. Add the garlic and cook for one minute. Remove from the heat and transfer to a bowl.

Cook the pasta according to the packages directions. Meanwhile, in a bowl, add the eggs and whisk until all creamy yellow. Add the cream, salt, pepper, nutmeg and parmesan cheese. Combine together.

When ready to serve, drain the pasta and return to the pan. Take off the heat. Add the cream/egg mixture and stir together with the pasta. The hot pasta will cook the egg. Then add the peas, bacon and onion mixture and stir well. Serve immediately. Garnish with extra peas, parmesan and bacon. Season with salt and pepper as desired.


  1. Pasta is my favorite. I couldn't live without it. Although, I do stick to whole wheat varieties most of the time, but I love an occasional rich and decadent pasta dish.

  2. pasta, peas, and pig--now THAT'S a winning combination every time. :)


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