Decadent Carbonara

Hello, welcome to my new food blog, Sweet Tea and Thyme! I decided to separate my passion for food from my lifestyle blog, Britt Lives Life, and have created this blog to be completely dedicated to food posts and recipes, including bringing the posts from Britt Lives Life over here.

 

First up,  Carbonara.

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Carbonara is one of my absolute favorite recipes, ever. Just cream(which yes, I know isn’t authentic. But it totally makes more sauce. I’m all about the sauce, guys.), bacon, and rich,rich egg yolks working together in a dream team better than Wade, Bosh and King James back in 2014. Way better. Don’t run from this page, don’t doubt yourself with this! It sounds fancy, it sounds expensive, it sounds like a ton of hard work, but it is none of that. Well, maybe fancy, but definitely not hard or expensive.

In fact, the hard part might be if you’re on a diet. If you are, just eat it anyway and don’t look at the scale in the morning. Live a little.

I don’t believe in dieting anyway.

 

Carbonara

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2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp olive oil
5 slices pancetta OR bacon, diced
1 small yellow onion OR 2 shallots, small diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 lb pasta
1/2 cup heavy cream
2/3 cup parmesan cheese, freshly grated
4-5 egg yolks
Salt and Pepper

1. Boil a pot of water with some salt. Add pasta once you are in the middle of cooking your bacon.
2. Melt butter in saute pan with oil over medium heat, then add onion. Lightly saute, just to get them started. Add in the pancetta, stir well. Leave them in while stirring occasionally til desired doneness. Some people like it crispy, some like it more chewy. I like my pancetta/bacon where it’s a bit crispy on the outside and more chewy in the middle. Once you have your bacon where you want it, throw in the minced garlic and turn your heat either as low as it can get or off.

3. Whisk together the egg yolks, cheese, and cream in a bowl. Your pasta should be done by now, so drain it. Either add it to the pan with the bacon or add the bacon to the pasta pot, either way is fine. Then add the cream mixture and mix together. Season to your liking with salt and pepper.

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Aaaaaand..that’s it. Boil some water, fry some bacon and whisk up some egg yolks. Then stuff your face. You can add so much to this dish to really make it your own, so experiment. I love putting mushrooms, I know some like to add some spinach or sundried tomatoes, cooking is really your canvas.

 

 

 

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