James Makes Dinner (JMD): Spaghetti Carbonara

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It’s Tuesday! What does that mean? It means James makes dinner!

James’ task was to create spaghetti carbonara (what’s the difference between ‘carbonara’ and ‘alla carbonara’?). There were no eggplants this time, just a few simple ingredients. Like the eggplant parmesan, this is the first time either of us had eaten spaghetti carbonara and it was delicious! We agreed that the addition of sauteed mushrooms might add a nice kick, but what we had on our plates, with riesling in our glasses, was fantastic. Despite James’ claims that he doesn’t like cooking or doesn’t quite get it – he always makes something great!

spaghetti carbonara

Ingredients
Recipe adapted from Everyday Food with Martha Stewart
1 package spaghetti
4-5 slices turkey bacon
3 large eggs
3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup half-and-half
1/4 cup white wine
1 tsp minced garlic
salt and pepper to taste
2-3 T. canola oil for frying
parsley for garnish

Directions
1. Slice turkey bacon in thirds, set aside on small plate
2. In large bowl, mix together eggs, parmesan cheese, half and half, white wine and minced garlic. set aside.
3. Boil water for pasta, add generous amount of salt. While that’s boiling, add canola oil to skillet, when hot, fry turkey bacon, 8-10 minutes.
4. Cook pasta, Drain quickly. Immediately pour hot pasta into egg mixture. Add turkey bacon pieces. Add parsley for garnish

Voila! James makes a successful dinner once again!

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Post-baking thoughts: This little stream of consciousness doesn’t have much to do with the making of the meal since I just ate it and did the dishes. However, I just have to say that although most of the recipes I whip up are from other food blogs, Martha Stewart’s Everyday Food Fast Cookbook is fantastic. It’s organized into seasons so you’re using the freshest ingredients in homey, savory, sweet, light or tangy meals, depending on the recipe. That’s all – just a quick shout out to felon and homemaker extraordinaire, Martha.

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. GOG says:

    JMD sounds like a great idea!
    When I got to the bacon part I would put it on a paper towel on a plate, cover with another paper towel and Nuke it for a couple minutes – then just throw away the paper with the grease.
    Emily, your T-Day desserts sound & look delicious!
    Keep up the great meals- both of you.

  2. Chris Waddell says:

    Emily – came across your blog while reading food blogs, small world I guess.

    Spaghetti Carbonara is one of my favorite dishes to make – I like to use pancetta, and then cook about two/three cloves garlic in the rendered fat (it’s not the healthy way to do it). Then I coat the pasta in the garlic fat and mix it with the egg mixture (I don’t use any half and half or wine either, and less wine, it’s a little less creamy and you have to work harder to make sure the eggs don’t scramble).

    However you make it though, it’s one of the best quick and simple meals around.

  3. Emily says:

    Chris! So glad my food blog is out there somewhere getting some random hits like this! I like your idea of the garlic and pancetta. I’m not a huge fan of bacon so that’s why I substituted with turkey bacon.

    I heard your Thanksgiving meal was fabulous and the pictures were great.

    Anyway, hope all is well and looking forward to seeing you in a few weeks!

  4. Emily says:

    Chris! So glad my food blog is out there somewhere getting some random hits like this! I like your idea of the garlic and pancetta. I’m not a huge fan of bacon so that’s why I substituted with turkey bacon.

    I heard your Thanksgiving meal was fabulous and the pictures were great.

    Anyway, hope all is well and looking forward to seeing you in a few weeks!

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