Friday, March 23, 2012

Penne Carbonara

Carbonara, my sister's favourite! 
Creamy sauce with salty bacon. I like to add chicken, mushrooms and sweetcorn aswell.
This was taken from Jamie Oliver, and altered by me!

Serves 4

Recipe:
- 500g pasta/spaghetti (I like penne, Jamie uses Farfalle)
- 1 egg
- 100ml double cream
- Salt and pepper
- 6 rashers of smoked bacon, sliced (I used scissors and cut it into the pan)
- 2 chicken breasts, in cubes
- Peas (I use frozen)
- Freshly grated Parmesan cheese

1. Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil, add the pasta, and cook according to the packet instructions.
2. Whisk the egg in a mug with the cream, salt and pepper.
3. Heat some oil in a second pan and cook the bacon until crispy and golden.
4. When the pasta is nearly cooked, add the peas for the last minute and a half. When cooked, drain in a colander.
5. Add the pasta to the bacon - if the pan isn't big enough, mix it in a large warmed bowl.
6. Add the egg and cream mix to the pasta. Its important to add it while the pasta is still hot, so that the heat of the pasta will cook the eggs, but not so that they resemble scrambled eggs! The pasta will actually cook the egg enough to give you a silky smooth sauce.
7. Toss everything together.
8. Season with salt and pepper and sprinkle with the Parmesan.

Zoe x
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