Easy Carbonara

Easy Carbonara

 

It’s time for another “easy and I already have the ingredients” meal!  You’ll find that very few of my recipes are time consuming, but I love good food.  Therefore, I like to think that I offer up meals to my family (and to you) that beat the average throw-together meal.  Tonight, how about making some easy carbonara?

bacon

 Let’s start by cooking up some bacon.  Mmmmm…can you smell it? (Yes, I know carbonara calls for pancetta, but I didn’t have that on hand.  Besides, who doesn’t love bacon?) While that’s cooking, go ahead and begin to boil a large pot of water for the noodles (1lb. of spaghetti, to be exact).

While that’s cooking up, and you’re waiting for water to boil, go ahead and whisk together in a medium bowl, 2 large, room temperature eggs, 2/3 cup heavy whipping cream and 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese.  *NOTE: I keep heavy whipping cream in the house for cooking and for ice cream.  If you don’t, but have half-and-half or whole milk, that will work.  You can also use an Italian blend shredded cheese, which is what I did because I was out of parmesan.

Once the bacon gets crispy, drain it on a paper towel.

Add the noodles to the boiling water, and add 1/2 cup of chopped onion to the bacon grease.  Let it get translucent, and then add 2minced garlic cloves.  Crumble the bacon and throw it back into the pan.

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Drain the noodles and set aside.

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Add the egg mixture to the pan with the onions and garlic and bacon; stir.  Remove from heat.

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Add noodles to the skillet with the sauce and toss until coated.

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Garnish with a sprinkle of grated cheese and parsley.

Easy Carbonara

Peace & Love!

Carrie

 

Easy Carbonara

Ingredients

  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese (or an Italian blend works fine)
  • 2/3 cup heavy whipping cream (or half-and-half)
  • 1 pound spaghetti
  • 5 pieces of bacon (I prefer thick sliced)
  • 2 cloves of minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • parsley garnish

Instructions

  1. Begin by cooking your bacon in a skillet; remove from pan once crispy.
  2. Place eggs, 1/2 cup of cheese and whipping cream into a bowl and whisk.
  3. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add spaghetti; cook to desired tenderness.
  4. As the spaghetti cooks, saute the onions in the bacon grease until translucent; add in garlic for another minute. Remove from heat.
  5. Drain the spaghetti and set aside.
  6. Stir the egg mixture into the pan with the onions and garlic, and crumble in the bacon.
  7. Place the noodles in the skillet and toss with the mixture until they are coated. This will NOT be saucy.
  8. Garnish with additional parmesan or Italian cheese and parsley.
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Breakfast Skillet

 

 

This week’s featured recipe is one born out of a need not to have to think too hard.  Coming off of a busy and exhausting weekend, I needed a Monday night dinner that could be made with things I already had on hand. Hash browns?  Check.  Breakfast sausage?  Check.  Eggs?  Check.  Shredded cheese?  Double check.  This breakfast skillet was the perfect dinner, would be equally perfect for breakfast or brunch!

Breakfast is often what I go to for a mindless dinner, but I knew this dish would make my family think I cared deeply for them to cook something so delicious, even in my exhaustion.  It totally worked.  And they don’t have to know how easy it was.

*Note: If you’re thinking of making this dish, please be sure that you have an oven-safe skillet.  I prefer cast iron, and found this one for $20 at Target.  However, any oven-safe skillet will do.

ground breakfast sausage

You’ll want to start by thoroughly cooking your sausage.  We do this first to give the pan a nice coat of grease to keep the dish from sticking to the pan once it’s finished.

While the sausage is cooking, whisk up 8 eggs, 1/4 cup of milk and some salt & pepper and preheat another pan over medium heat.

Remove the cooked sausage from the skillet and add in a thin, even layer of your choice of hash browns.  Let them get brown and crispy on one side before flipping them over.

*Note: I had leftover hash browns from Bill Miller’s barbeque restaurant that I used for these, and if you live in the San Antonio area, I recommend you do the same.  Seriously, best hash browns on the planet.  If you don’t live in San Antonio, well, I’m sorry about that.  I’m sure your town is nice and your potatoes will be fine. 😉

Melt some butter in your heated (other) skillet and add the egg mixture, stirring until they’re cooked through.  Remove from the heat when they’re finished.

Leave the cooked hash browns in the skillet and pile on top of them the sausage, eggs, a generous helping of shredded cheese, ans some diced green onions, like so:

ingredients piledPop that baby in a pre-heated oven for 10 minutes, and dinner is served!  While this dish was in the oven, I cut up some oranges and strawberries to serve alongside it.  A glass of orange juice made the kiddies happy too.  It ain’t fancy, and it ain’t hard, but it is good.

breakfast served

And if you want to make it extra fancy by adding more ingredients, or subbing one thing for another, then please do!  Otherwise, enjoy this quick and simple breakfast any time of day.

Let me know how it turns out!

Carrie

Breakfast Skillet

Ingredients

  • 1lb. Breakfast Sausage - any flavor
  • 1 bag hash brown potatoes - any style
  • 8 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1/2 Tbl butter
  • 1-2 cups of shredded cheese - your choice
  • green onions, diced

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Brown your sausage in a cast iron skillet.
  3. While the sausage cooks, place eggs, milk salt & pepper (to taste) in a medium bowl and whisk.
  4. After the sausage is thoroughly cooked, remove it from the pan and set aside.
  5. Add hash browns to the cast iron skillet in a thin, even layer over the bottom - don't over fill. Turn the hash browns over once the bottom has a nice, crispy brown color and let the other side cook.
  6. While the hash browns are cooking, heat another skillet over medium heat with the butter. Once it's ready, add the egg mixture and stir frequently so the eggs don't stick to the pan. Remove from heat when cooked through.
  7. When the hash browns are browned on both sides, remove the pan from the heat.
  8. Add the sausage back to the skillet, on top of the hash browns.
  9. Top the hash browns & sausage with the scrambled eggs.
  10. Top the skillet with anywhere from 1 to 2 cups of shredded cheese.
  11. Garnish with the diced green onions.
  12. Place the skillet in the oven and bake for 10 minutes.
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