Quick Pasta Carbonara…..

What is it about pasta that is just so comforting? I love it! There is a family favorite that I used to make all the time….carbonara. It’s the ultimate comfort food. But wow is it ever heavy and rich. My version is loaded with sausage, bacon, cream, butter, cheese. You know…..all the good stuff. Ha! Well, I don’t make that one much these days. But maybe I should and share it with ya’ll  sometime soon.

Recently, I saw a super quick simple version of carbonara on a cooking show. I was skeptical but I tried it and was surprised at how good it was. It was too easy and quick to be that good!  There is no cream in it….no liquid at all, but you would swear there is! It’s very creamy, but it’s from the eggs and cheese.

If you want a quick, filling comfort dish, well then here ya go! Here is my version.

I am not at all happy with my photo quality lately. I am in need of a better camera. Bear with me!

Quick Pasta Carbonara

approx. 3 cups hot cooked  spaghetti
Bacon, diced (as much as you like)
2 eggs
1/4 cup parmesan or romano cheese (grated fine)
1 Tblsp butter
crushed red pepper, optional
In a large skillet, cook the bacon. While the bacon is cooking, in a small bowl, whisk the eggs really well. Mix in the grated cheese. Set aside.
Once the bacon is cooked, leave a couple of tablespoons of the bacon fat in the pan. Add the hot, drained pasta to the pan. Add the butter and give it all a toss to coat the pasta with all that yummy goodness.

Add the egg/cheese mixture and quickly and vigorously mix it all together for 1 to 2 minutes. It should look nice and creamy. Sprinkle with black pepper or red pepper flakes. Serve immediately.


















Homemade Rice a Roni….

I really like those little boxes of Rice a Roni. Bad thing is, they’re loaded with salt. But they come in handy and make a great side dish. The combination of rice and noodles….Yum!

The other night, I was looking for a side dish for some beef that I cooked. I had some leftover rice and some leftover angel hair pasta. Hmmmm, I thought…….I will make my own rice-a roni!!! 

It was really good. Super simple too. It was pretty basic, but you could add whatever you want and make it your own!

Not much else to say about it, so let’s get to it….

Homemade Rice a Roni

angel hair pasta, cooked and cooled
leftover rice, chilled (don’t use just cooked hot rice. It will be mushy)
1 chicken, beef or vegetable bouillon cube ( 1 cube per 1 cup rice and 1 cup pasta)
black pepper
chopped chives or green onion
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 cup water

Melt 2 tblsp butter in a large non stick skillet. Add the water, garlic powder, bouillon cube and black pepper. Add the pasta and rice and gently stir it all together. Don’t over mix or you will have a glumpy mess. Once heated through, add the chives or green onion. Serve immediately.