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Non-Traditional Pasta Carbonara

Non-Traditional Pasta Carbonara

Non-traditional Pasta Carbonara
Non-traditional Pasta Carbonara

This is a recipe that I came up with one day when I had bacon and eggs in the fridge and had my mind set on cooking a simple Pasta Carbonara for dinner but discovered at the last minute (right at the time that I was prepared to start cooking) that there was NO parmesan cheese in the cheese container, NO yellow onion and NO spaghetti pasta in the pantry. Instead, I used a trio of Cheddar, Mozzarella and Colby Jack cheese, Angel Hair pasta and red onion for this non-traditional Pasta Carbonara, and honestly, I really prefer this version to the traditional version.

I find that the egg-cheese mixture is better able to coat the Angel Hair pasta thoroughly as compared to the thicker spaghetti, and because Angel Hair is a thinner pasta, it fills you up more slowly, which means you'll very likely have more of it. Not very good if you're on a diet, but definitely a plus-point if you LOVE pasta carbonara. Recently, I have been replacing yellow onion with red onion a lot in my cooking as I feel that red onions are sweeter and more flavorful, and that really shows in this version of the pasta carbonara. Pasta Carbonara recipes I have tried in the past tend to be a little on the dry side after it cools, and in this recipe, I have chosen to add a couple tablespoons of milk to add some moisture to the sauce.

Non-traditional Pasta Carbonara
Non-traditional Pasta Carbonara

It may not consist of the ingredients for a classic Pasta Carbonara, but this version definitely adds a twist to the Pasta Carbonara that we usually have either at home or in restaurants. Hopefully you will enjoy it as much as my kids and myself have!

  Non-traditional Pasta Carbonara   Prep time: 10 mins  Cook time: 10 mins  Total time: 20 mins  Serves: 4      Ingredients:   · 250g Angel Hair pasta  · 150g (about 5-6 strips) Streaky Bacon  · 1 medium Red Onion  · 4 cloves of Garlic  · 3 Eggs (beaten)  · 1/4 cup Colby Jack Cheese (grated)  · 1/4 cup Cheddar Cheese (grated)  · 1/4 cup Mozzarella Cheese (grated)  · 2 tablespoons of Milk  · 3 tablespoons Olive Oil  · pinch of salt and black pepper to taste     Instructions:  1) Prepare the ingredients by first having the eggs beaten in a large bowl,  throw in the 2 tablespoons of milk and the grated cheeses, set aside.  2) Set a pot of water on the stove to boil, and while you are waiting for that,  chop up the red onion, garlic cloves and bacon.  3) When the water is boiling, add in a teaspoon of salt and the pasta to cook (it  will take about 2-2 1/2 minutes.  4) While the pasta is cooking, heat up a skillet with the olive oil and throw in  the chopped bacon to cook first for about 30 seconds, then add the red  onions.  5) Continue to cook until the pasta is cooked to al dente, turn the fire for the  bacon and red onion down to low and let it continue cooking on the stove.  6) Transfer the pasta to a colander to drain, and then immediately pour it into  he bowl with the egg, cheeses and milk mixture.  7) Mix the pasta in with the mixture thoroughly.  8) Now focus your attention back to the bacon and red onions - when the  bacon has turned to a darker colour (but not burned!), add the chopped  garlic and continue cooking until all the bacon is cooked to the crispiness  that you prefer, at which time turn the fire off and pour the contents of the  skillet (bacon, onions and garlic) into the pasta and sauce.  9) Mix thoroughly again, adding the pinch of salt and black pepper to taste.  Serve Pasta Carbonara right away!   

Non-traditional Pasta Carbonara

Prep time: 10 mins

Cook time: 10 mins

Total time: 20 mins

Serves: 4

 

Ingredients:

· 250g Angel Hair pasta

· 150g (about 5-6 strips) Streaky Bacon

· 1 medium Red Onion

· 4 cloves of Garlic

· 3 Eggs (beaten)

· 1/4 cup Colby Jack Cheese (grated)

· 1/4 cup Cheddar Cheese (grated)

· 1/4 cup Mozzarella Cheese (grated)

· 2 tablespoons of Milk

· 3 tablespoons Olive Oil

· pinch of salt and black pepper to taste

 

Instructions:

1) Prepare the ingredients by first having the eggs beaten in a large bowl,

throw in the 2 tablespoons of milk and the grated cheeses, set aside.

2) Set a pot of water on the stove to boil, and while you are waiting for that,

chop up the red onion, garlic cloves and bacon.

3) When the water is boiling, add in a teaspoon of salt and the pasta to cook (it

will take about 2-2 1/2 minutes.

4) While the pasta is cooking, heat up a skillet with the olive oil and throw in

the chopped bacon to cook first for about 30 seconds, then add the red

onions.

5) Continue to cook until the pasta is cooked to al dente, turn the fire for the

bacon and red onion down to low and let it continue cooking on the stove.

6) Transfer the pasta to a colander to drain, and then immediately pour it into

he bowl with the egg, cheeses and milk mixture.

7) Mix the pasta in with the mixture thoroughly.

8) Now focus your attention back to the bacon and red onions - when the

bacon has turned to a darker colour (but not burned!), add the chopped

garlic and continue cooking until all the bacon is cooked to the crispiness

that you prefer, at which time turn the fire off and pour the contents of the

skillet (bacon, onions and garlic) into the pasta and sauce.

9) Mix thoroughly again, adding the pinch of salt and black pepper to taste.

Serve Pasta Carbonara right away!

 



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