Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Friendlier Carbonara

Raw eggs kinda ewwww me out . . . I realize that in tradtitional carbonara recipes eggs, cream, bacon and cheese are the main ingredients . . . but for those of who shirk from making carbonara because of 1-the fat content and 2-the whole raw egg factor . . . then this recipe is for you . . . use the lower fat options for an even more health friendly route, or adjust to whatever is floating about in your fridge. We loved this sauce! It would also be a great sauce on a thin crispy pizza crust or if instead of using bacon, or going all bacon, add shrimp, clams or scallops instead. Delish!
Friendlier CarbonaraRecipe by: Emily

5 strips of Bacon, diced (I use the center cut bacon, less fat, more meat, or you can use turkey bacon but may need to add a little extra oil)1 tsp Olive Oil
1 medium Onion, chopped
2-3 Cloves of Garlic, minced
2 Tbsp Flour
1 1/2 Cups Milk (or half and half for an even richer sauce)
1/2 cups Sour Cream (low fat or regular)1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
2 Tbsp Parsley, chopped
Black Pepper

1. Cook the bacon in the olive oil over medium low heat, until it begins to render down, about 5-7 minutes. Add the onions and continue to cook for another 5 minutes, until the onion begins to caramelize.
2. While the onions and bacon cook whisk the sour cream, milk, cheese and 1 tsp of salt and 1 tsp of pepper together, set aside.
3. Add the garlic to the bacon and onions and cook for one minute. Sprinkle the flour over the bacon and onion mixture and cook for another minute.
4. Stir in the milk/cheese/sour cream mixture. Allow to simmer, stirring to prevent burning, until thick. Taste and add additional salt and pepper if needed. Stir in parsely and remove from heat. Serve over pasta with additional parmesan cheese if desired. Enjoy!

add additional milk if you want a thinner sauce


Coleen's Recipes said...

Raw eggs are "eeeuuuwww" for me too. This looks excellent and as bacon lovers, I'm sure it would be a hit here too!! I REALLY like the idea of using it on pizza crust.

Norah said...

Nice! I've always wanted to make this dish but I don't like eggs, raw or not. I'll have to give this a try.

Carrian said...

I'm all about a friendlier version. Thanks!!

teresa said...

mmmm, this would be a total hit at our house!

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Brie Wheelwright said...

That looks amazing! I'll have to try that soon. Thanks!

Pam said...

It looks creamy and so delicious. I love the original carbonara and I am sure I would love your version too.

The Blonde Duck said...

Popped in to say hi! This looks delicious!

Julie said...

I agree about the eggs. I once spent an afternoon making carbonara, then could hardly eat it myself knowing what I'd put in there. This looks like a nice alternative for the squeamish among us :)

Patty said...

My husband loves carbonara and I've been looking for a good recipe, thanks so much!

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Rebecca/Becky a.k.a Becks said...

Wow that was an amazing recipe! Thanks for sharing!:)