Big Boy Carbonara

February 12, 2010

This recipe hails from the kitchen of my brother and his house of boys.  Awhile back I posted their Hungry Boy Pasta.  This is another of their favorites since it tastes better in mass quantities. Plus it tastes good warm or cold.  I added in some onion and peas, because I wanted slightly more veggies to make an appearance.  Either way, it’s pretty delicious.

You will need:

  • 1 lb bacon
  • 3 lb pasta (I used whole wheat linguine)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/2 c frozen peas
  • 8 eggs (or 10 if you like your pastas saucier)
  • 1/2 c Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper
Then you…
  1. Chop up uncooked bacon (it’s easy this way) and cook in a skillet.  Pull out the crispy bacon to let dry on a paper towel, but hang on to the fat.
  2. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.  Cook the pasta according to the label.
  3. Cook the onions in the bacon drippings and add the peas at the very end to thaw.
  4. Cracks eggs in large bowl.  Mix in cheese.  Use enough cheese to thicken the sauce to where you like it, too much and it gets clumpy.  Use more eggs for more sauce.
  5. Add some salt and a good amount of pepper to the sauce.  Yum!
  6. Strain the cooked pasta and place back in large pot.
  7. Slowly mix the eggs/cheese into the cooked pasta, stirring regularly.  The hot pasta will cook the eggs, so if you don’t mix it in slowly you’re more likely to scramble some of the egg!
  8. Add bacon bits in with sauce/pasta.
  9. Slowly stir in warm bacon fat from pan along with the onion and peas.  This keeps cooking the eggs, so try not to scramble them!
  10. Enjoy!

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