Saturday, August 31, 2013

Maria Carmen's Carbonara

My mom does not like to cook, but she cooked for us all the time growing up. This was very confusing to me as a teenager. But why can't we just order Chinese? Pasta? Again?

Then I realized her hatred of cooking was less than her hatred of us eating fast food all the time. So basically, she gets an Awesome Mom Award for putting endless hours behind the stove doing a chore (!) she sort of despised all for the love of her girls. *Moment of silence for all mothers everywhere taking one for their teams*

Here is one of her delicious recipes that we all loved back in the days of Rainbow Brite and sticker books, and continue to make as adults now for our own families. 

12 ounces bacon
10 ounces frozen peas
1 pound spaghetti
4 eggs
1 cup parmesan
Freshly ground pepper

Cut bacon into 1/2 inch pieces. Cook until done. Set aside. Meanwhile microwave the peas with a few tablespoons of water for four minutes or so, then drain. Mix together the eggs, parmesan, and freshly ground pepper (to taste). Cook spaghetti in a pot of salted boiling water until al dente. Reserve 1/4 cup of the water and temper the egg mixture. (This will help you avoid getting scrambled eggs in your pasta.) Drain your spaghetti and add the egg mixture, followed by the bacon and peas. 

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