mmmm… Bacon! Better yet, bacon, cream and pasta. This bacon carbonara pasta is a delicious, vege-packed delight.
My middle son, D, has declared that bacon is his favorite food. Even his teacher knows this fact about him. He even asked for bacon for his last birthday dinner. So I came up with this recipe to appease his bacon desires and for the family to eat more than just the meat food group for dinner.
Bacon Carbonara is an Italian dish that incorporates eggs, pasta, cheese, and bacon. The eggs and cheese mixture is mixed with hot pasta, the egg turns creamy rather than coagulating. I like adding extra cheese, garlic and cream to make my dish a bit more saucy and smooth. Plus, my kids love the cheesiness. The roasted vegetables add flavor and you can use any vegetable that your stomach desires.
Step 1: Roast vegetables
Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. Toss vegetables with olive oil, salt and pepper. I used cauliflower, Cremini mushrooms, white button mushrooms and asparagus. I cooked the cauliflower for 25min and the mushrooms/asparagus for 15min.
- if you smash a cauliflower head on the counter at the stem portion, it will fall apart.
- Snap asparagus by bending from both ends to remove tough stem.
Step 2: Cook bacon and Garlic
My favorite method for cooking bacon, is to slowly cook the bacon in a covered frying pan at a low temperature. Cook your bacon till the desired crispness, remove from pan and chop. Save the bacon drippings (grease). Add the garlic to the bacon pan and cook for 5 min.
Step 3: Cook pasta and toss with sauce.
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Step 4: Mix and enjoy
Then add the bacon and vegetables to the pasta dish and enjoy. Yum Yum
- You can replace parmigiana reggiano with other parmesan cheese options like pecorino Romano
- Make sure the noodles are hot when adding the sauce
My recipe was inspired by the roasted asparagus and mushroom carbonara recipe found at the blog, Closet Cooking.