Creamy Carbonara Pasta

2 May

I don’t know about you, but when I get home from work and look in the fridge, freezer, pantry and take out menu drawer for dinner ideas, I swear my mind just goes completely blank. I seem to have no problem making it through the entirety of my day without being totally stunned, but every day at dinnertime when I try to think about food, which is pretty much all I think about all day, it’s like my mind got wiped, Men in Black style.

Not cool.

Anyways last night I got a few brain cells together and figured out this little number. I’ll tell ya right now, it’s not really REAL carbonara. Real carbonara is made with egg yolks and is a little tricky, especially when my brain is obviously in no condition to try anything too involved.

Instead I made it with cream, which lets just all admit is like 1000 times better. And I called it carbonara because it has peas and bacon in it. WIN.

I also wanted to get it done quickly so I could finish watching the first 3 episodes of Girls. I must say I’m not totally sure how I feel about it this show yet, other than the fact that it makes me blush sometimes.

 Seriously, it was yummy. I also have some for lunch today and I’m sure certain coworkers are going to try to make me share. You know who you are.

 Bacon!

And cheese!

Creamy Carbonara Pasta:
Serves 4 

2 tbsp butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup cream
1 tsp salt
1 box (1 pound) rotini pasta (or pasta shape of your choice)
2 cups frozen peas
1/2 lb cubed bacon, cooked
1 cup Parmesan cheese

In a small saucepan, heat butter over medium high heat until melted and bubbly. Add the garlic and cook, stirring constantly for 2-3 minutes until softened. Add the cream and salt and give it a good stir. Bring to a simmer and then lower heat and allow to simmer for 10-12 minutes until thickened.

Cook the pasta as per package directions, in salted boiling water. When the pasta has 2 minutes left, drop the peas in with the pasta to cook.

Drain the pasta and peas and return back to the large pot. Toss with the cream sauce, bacon and about 3/4 cup of the Parmesan.

Serve in bowls and sprinkle with the remaining Parmesan.

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4 Responses to “Creamy Carbonara Pasta”

  1. Tara May 2, 2012 at 9:13 pm #

    That looks very good. I have the same big dish as you. I love it for big salads too in the summer time. Cheers, Tara

  2. Carley Bortolin May 2, 2012 at 9:52 pm #

    hahaha… I know what part you are talking about. I blushed and had a surprised look on my face for about 10 minutes. This looks delish, miss delish. peas + bacon + cream = best pasta ever!

  3. Anna May 3, 2012 at 2:31 am #

    Crazy, I have the exact same thing the second someone asks, “What's for dinner?” If I don't have a meal plan, I'm useless. Looks like you came up with a pretty great answer, this looks delicious!

  4. Canadian Beauty May 3, 2012 at 5:20 am #

    looks amazing as per usual!
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    Let's get to know eachother!

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