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Bacon & Eggs

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Yesterday, while revealing my new blog about how Trailer Trashtastic my mobile home can be, I also made a promise of yummy pasta all cheesy bacon and eggy. It’s a promise I intend to keep, without even procrastinating! Well maybe I did sleep in a little, but whatever… it’s Saturday.

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I am a firm believer in breakfast for dinner. Sunday seems to be the only day that in this house we can linger a little while over a pile of pumpkin pecan pancakes or an over-sized omelette. It’s the only morning of the week I have the time to stand over the stove to fry the entire pound of bacon it takes to feed the hungry boys that surround me, or butter all the toast and cook the eggs to order.

Eating breakfast food in the evening is a surefire way to nail the timing required to prepare a meal that takes up every available cooking space and get it all on plates while it’s HOT… it’s also the only meal of the day that I can count on all four of us meeting at the table.

But what if there were an easier way? Some magical solution to having your bacon and eggs as part of your evening meal, all the while avoiding the pancake griddle?

Pasta Carbonara is no secret… it is a timeless, simple, and classic meal. It’s so simple in fact that sometimes people forget about it (for the record those “people” are NOT me) and move on to other breakfasty dinner fare such as quiche or hot cakes with sage-tinged sausage. Pasta carbonara is also your best friend if you are trying to prepare a satisfying and pretty meal on a budget. Or if you’re like me and you avoid running out to the grocery store unless it’s some kind of emergency.

So without further ado, the Spaghetti Carbonara recipe. And if you missed yesterday, take a minute to hop over to Trailer Trashtastic, my newest addition to Sugar Dish Me (yes, I am soliciting my readers with not even a hint of shame because you guys are great!!) and let me know what you think!



Cut the bacon into 1 inch pieces and cook in a deep skillet until it’s nice and crisp. Remove the bacon to a plate lined with a paper towel to drain. Cook the pasta according to package directions, reserving a cup of the cooking liquid when it’s time to drain, and spoon any remaining bacon grease out of the skillet. Heat about 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil over medium low heat. Add the green onions and chopped garlic, stirring and cooking for about a minute. Turn off the heat and let the skillet cool off for another minute.


Pour in the beaten eggs and then toss the hot cooked pasta into the skillet.


Stir the pasta with the egg mixture and toss around to coat. Add the bacon and the parmesan cheese. Stir until everything is evenly coated, using splashes of the pasta cooking water to keep everything from getting too sticky.


Plate it up! And eat.

Spaghetti Carbonara with Green Onions(modified from Everyday Food, April 2012)

Ingredients

1 pound of pasta (I used whole wheat spaghetti)

1 pound of bacon (I like low sodium, center cut), cut into 1″ pieces

1 bunch of green onions, chopped

2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped

2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil

4 eggs, beaten well

1 cup of grated parmesan cheese

To Make

In a deep skillet cook the bacon until crisp and then set aside on a paper towel to drain any excess grease. Cook the pasta according to package instructions, reserving a cup of the cooking liquid before draining. Spoon any excess grease out of the skillet and then heat the olive oil. Over medium low heat, stir the green onions and garlic for a couple of minutes. Turn the heat off and let the skillet cool for a minute. Pour in the beaten eggs and then the cooked pasta, stirring and tossing to coat with the eggs. If the mixture is too thick or too sticky pour in little bits of the reserved cooking water. Stir in the bacon pieces and the cheese, tossing to coat everything evenly.

 

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Written by Heather @ Sugar Dish Me

April 14, 2012 at 2:21 pm

Posted in Dinner

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12 Responses

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  1. What an awesome awesome dish! My entire family is a big believer in breakfast for dinner so I know some bacon lovers who will love this 😀

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

    Choc Chip Uru

    April 14, 2012 at 5:15 pm

  2. Bacon dilemma: Lay it all out on a cookie sheet and bake it at 400F until desired doneness. Drain and cool completely and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate. Nuke for 10 seconds to warm for those fast breakfasts in the morning. Keeps for weeks! BTW, love the trailer trashtastic – gonna go follow now!

    eatwilmington

    April 14, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    • Oh this is smart! I will try it! Still crispy? I love smart solutions– thank you! The trick will be keeping Chad and the children from eating all the bacon as some sort of misguided snack. And thanks so much for checking out my newest addition– I’m pretty excited about it 🙂

      Heather @ SugarDish(Me)

      April 14, 2012 at 7:41 pm

  3. Love breakfast for dinner.

    creativenoshing

    April 14, 2012 at 11:12 pm

  4. I eat eggs almost every night for dinner…this is a great take on it! It looks delicious.

    I hope you are having a great weekend so far!

    Ameena

    April 15, 2012 at 11:10 am

    • Thanks, Ameena! The weekend was great– hope you enjoyed yours! Pasta carbonara is a delicious way to eat your eggs, that’s for sure!

      Heather @ SugarDish(Me)

      April 16, 2012 at 8:55 am

  5. Oh my goodness. My mouth is absoluetly watering! This looks amazing! I love the quote at the top too, “if you can read, you can cook,” so I learned to make banana bread. That’s awesome. 🙂

    Currie Rose

    April 15, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    • Thanks so much! And I’m proof that adage is true, although I have not yet decided to trust my own children (who both read quite cabaply) anywhere near my kitchen 🙂

      Heather @ SugarDish(Me)

      April 16, 2012 at 8:51 am

  6. […] breakfast perfection. Sometimes I whisk in a slightly beaten egg for creaminess (similar to the pasta carbonara effect; I like all breakfast foods all hours of the day) and […]


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