26 January 2015

Valentine's Day Menu: Easy Peasy Carbonara

Although France is generally seen as the country of love, I adore Italian food. Some of my fondest memories with the Mr took place at our favourite restaurants; Papa Cino's, Prezzo and Pizza Express.

This quick and easy carbonara is a great idea for a Valentine's Day meal and although it won't guarantee romance this February, or a Lady and the Tramp meatball sharing moment, it is definitely a delicious pasta dish to dive into.





Ingredients 
(Serves 2. Approx 520 calories per portion)


100g dry linguine/spaghetti
4 egg yolks
60ml double cream
4 rashers of bacon
Parmesan
Black pepper
30g cheddar (optional)


Method
  • Bring a pan of water to the boil and add your pasta 
  • Add the 4 egg yolks and cream into a bowl and whisk until combined 
  • Cook the bacon on a low heat until it's just crispy then set to one side 
  • Once the pasta has cooked, drain and return to the hob on a low heat 
  • Add the sauce (cream and egg yolks) immediately plus the bacon and gently heat through ensuring the bacon is spread out evenly 
  • Add a little black pepper and then plate 
  • Sprinkle your grated Parmesan on top 

Tip: If you require a cheesier carbonara add in some grated cheddar when you mix the ingredients together.


If you are looking for a dessert why not try my Brownie Heart Bites!



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51 comments :

  1. I love carbonara, especially on a cold day. I haven't made it for ages, I really must make it again soon

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  2. We love carbonara Both the boys love it, which makes it a great family meal in my book. Empty plates are a real sign of decent food.

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  3. I absolutely love carbonara and just miss out the bacon as I'm veggie. This has made me want to make it again soon, looks yummy!

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  4. I haven't made this for ages. Thanks for the reminder. You're recipe and photograph looks fabulous x

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  5. Mmmm love carbonara and yours looks lovely. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. Ooh yum, I love the fact that it is so low in calories, the original version is always so calorific and I end up feeling so guilty, but this is a perfect alternative xx

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  7. I love Carbonara and this sounds really easy as well as looking delicious!

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  8. Carbonara is one of my favourites and I might just make this for my other half for Valentines :D xx

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  9. So simple and yet I've always bought ready made packs til now. I am SO lazy!! :/

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  10. We love carbonara here. I have to make my own version now due to food intolerances but my son would love this version. Thanks for sharing. Yum!

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  11. I love a good carbonara but accepted a long time ago I cannot make them as good as the local italian x

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  12. I would love to be able to read this but can't :( bloody diet!

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  13. This look delicious, I must give it a go for the family, alas I can't eat it as I'm on a diet - but then I might see if I can make it a bit lower in calories (bet it won't taste as nice though)!

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  14. Must admit to never making carbonara, must have a go and see if my family enjoy it

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  15. I love Carbonara, linguine is my favourite type of pasta too!

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  16. Carbonara is a favourite in our house x

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  17. Margaret Clarkson
    This sounds like a lovely version, my husband likes carbonara, so I must have a go.

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  18. Hubby loves carbonara. Will have to try this recipe.

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  19. Delicious <3 Carbonara is one of my favourites

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  20. Wow looks fabulous I'll definately be making it this way in future

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  21. christine shelley20 January 2016 at 09:28

    Fab recipe, my family love this

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  22. I already make carbonara and my kids love it ... gives them so much energy for sport.

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  23. I am going to try this for sure, I always thought carbonara was made with cheese sauce.

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  24. Make carbonate for my daughter about the only thing I don't burn

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  25. Make carbonate for my daughter about the only thing I don't burn

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  26. Wowzers will be trying this, looks delish x

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  27. looks lovely, think it will go down nicely :D

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  28. Hubby would love to try this. I'm a vegetarian so would need to alter the recipe for myself.

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  29. looks nice have't been able to eat carbonara after a really bad hangover lol but I will have to try this

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  30. I love pasta dishes, this looks very tasty

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  31. Claire Elizabeth Noke29 January 2016 at 23:42

    I love carbonara... in fact I had it last weekend at our local italian :)

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  32. I could eat that right now, looks so tasty.

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  33. Looks delicious, thanks for the recipe x

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  34. Looks Delicious.

    Rachel Craig

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  35. An Italian friend used to make carbonara for his colleagues, of which I was one. I've never tasted better. Might give this a try, though.

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  36. Way to a Man's Heart is through his belly :)

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  37. this really looks delish i must try it

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  38. my hubby would love this but I have to admit I am not a lover of pasta at all

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  39. looks yummy and a good easy recipe too

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  40. There is nothing I like more than an easy pasta dish. I regularly make something similar on a Saturday night in and we enjoy with a bottle of wine

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  41. this looks really yummy! we just spent the night in and chilled :)

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