If it really is so that a way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, then I feel very certain that I got to Jacob’s heart with Pasta Carbonara – and cinnamon buns. He absolutely loves Pasta Carbonara. Although what is there not to love? It’s basically pasta with bacon!
That reminds me of a funny fact about us, Canadians, and bacon. Besides this country being the 10th largest producer of bacon in the world, did you know that in 2010 Maple Leaf Foods conducted a survey where 43% of the respondents said they would choose bacon over sex if it came down to a choice? True story! Just Google “Canadians and Bacon” and you will find more information about this.
All of this to say that in our house, we like our bacon just as much as we like our cake. This is why Pasta Carbonara is a dish we make often enough and enjoy every single time. It is also a dish that I made for Jacob for our first Valentine’s Day as well as for his 33rd birthday. When it comes down to a choice of what he really wants to eat, he chooses Pasta Carbonara.
So it’s a bit of comfort food but also a dish we make on special occasions. But don’t think it is complicated to do. Actually, this recipe is designed to be easy to cook even after a long day at work. Not too much prep, but lots of joy.
So tonight, get yourself a nice glass of white wine and make this dish for your loved ones. Because apparently in Canada, you may only get lucky if your lover had their bacon! So get cookin’!
You will need:
Pasta (I like linguini or spaghetti)
2 to 3 garlic cloves, crushed
1 onion, sliced
Half-a-pack of bacon, cut in to small pieces
3 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup of freshly grated parmesan cheese
¼ cup of fresh italian parsley
What to do:
Bring a big bowl of water with a pinch of salt to a boil. Add the pasta and cook according to the instructions on the box.
In the meanwhile, in a frying pan, cook the onion in about a tablespoon of olive oil. Add the garlic.
Once the onion starts to be glossy, add the bacon and keep stirring until cooked. Set aside.
Drain the water and pour back the pasta in the pan. Add the bacon mixture and stir.
Put the pot back on the oven to low heat and add the cheese, parsley and eggs. Stir constantly for about 30 seconds and then remove from heat. The idea is to cook the egg, but avoid scrambling them (so avoiding over-cooking them).
Serve immediately. I hope you will enjoy!