So we’re big pasta fans in this house, although as it’s been so hot here recently we’ve been opting more for salads like this, or BBQ, or anything that doesn’t involve having the stove on for too long. However, on this weekend just past, Dom took part in a triathlon, which means we spent the few days leading up to it doing that wonderful thing runners use pre-event – we carb-loaded. (by the way, no – I didn’t do the triathlon, but I had to join in on the food festivities to be supportive, right?)
So I decided a nice creamy linguine carbonara seemed in order. It’d been a while, and also carbonara is freaking delicious. So off to the supermarket and home again, laden with pasta and cream and bacon and eggs and cheese. Only to discover, in my fruit bowl, an I-must-be-eaten-today avocado. Well, I can’t resist a good avo’, so that went in the mix too.
Here’s how I put it all together:
Ingredients (serves 4, or two over two days!)
500g pasta of choice, I prefer linguine or spaghetti
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
300g bacon (no rind), diced
1 large onion, diced
2-4 crushed garlic cloves, depending on how strong you like your garlic. Actually I think I used 6…
about 50g grated parmesan cheese
1 large, ripe avocado (optional (but not to me)), chopped
salt and pepper, to taste
fresh chives or spring onion, chopped
Put a pot of salted water on to boil, then put the pasta in to cook until al dente. Drain, set aside, keep warm.
fry bacon until it starts to brown, then add onion and garlic and let those fry up in the bacon fat (note – watch out here for curious/hungry fiancees here who smell what’s cooking and want to eat everything immediately. Chasing said persons off with a spatula may be effective, though only temporarily).
Add the cream once the onion is fried to translucency, and reduce the heat. Once cream begins to boil, add the drained pasta to the mix. Pour the eggs over the pasta, mixing through as you go so the egg sticks to the pasta. Then add in the avocado, sprinkle the cheese and chives and a good bit of salt and pepper, stir though, and you’re done!
Serve to aforementioned hungry person and a generous amount to yourself.
By the way, he did great in the triathlon!
Oh and I know I’ve been more food-focussed recently but there are other things I’ve been up to that aren’t edible, so I’ll share those with you before too long. In the meantime, do you have any comfort food you like finding an excuse to eat, like I do?