Thursday, August 29, 2013

Carbonara with Bacon Bits

A recipe for creamy and cheesy carbonara with a savory crisp in every bite!

250-300 grams pasta (spaghetti or angel hair will do), cooked according to package instructions
500 grams bacon, fried and chopped into bits
3 cups all purpose cream
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/2 cup grated quickmelt cheese
3 eggs
1/4 cup butter
1 medium onion, finely chopped
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 can sliced mushrooms (approx. 1 cup)
15-20 grams chopped fresh basil, (or about 1/4 cup)
Dash of salt and pepper
Garnish: Chopped Parsley
1. Cook pasta till aldente. Once strained, pour in about 3 tablespoons of olive oil on top to prevent it from sticking.
2. Pour in the cream in a food processor and pulse for about 30 seconds. Add in the eggs and pulse for another 30 seconds before adding in the parmesan and quickmelt cheese, and a dash of salt and pepper. Pulse for about 1-2 minutes. Set aside.
Note: If you do not have a food processor then you can whisk the eggs and cream separately then combine it in a bowl. Continue whisking until light and fluffy. Fold in the cheeses and season with salt and pepper. Continue mixing until smooth.
3. Heat a deep pan over medium heat. Add in the butter and consistently spread on the bottom of the pan.
4. Once butter is melted, saute the garlic for a minute and then add in the chopped onion. Saute for another minute or two or until the onion softens.
5. Add in the the mushrooms and cook for another minute.
6. Turn heat to low and pour in the cream mixture. Consistently stir for 3-5 minutes or until the cheeses melt in the sauce.
Note: Do not increase the heat and consistently stir the sauce in order to prevent it from curddling.
7. Once the sauce thickens, add in the pasta and make sure it is fully covered with the sauce. Use a fork or tongs to prevent the pasta from breaking.
Note: Do not worry if your pasta:sauce ratio seems unequal as the pasta will slowly begin to absorb the sauce.
8. When ready, transfer to a plate or bowl then sprinkle a handful of bacon bits. Garnish with chopped parsley.
9. Enjoy!