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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Cooking for Two: Rosemary Carbonara Pasta

The other day, I made Rosemary Carbonara Pasta. Carbonara is a sauce made up of egg, bacon, cheese, and pepper. The hardest part of making carbonara sauce is combining the egg without scrambling it. I get around this entire difficulty by frying the egg separately. Its a bit cheating, but still delicious. The rosemary adds a great hint of flavor to the otherwise creamy sauce.

Rosemary Carbonara Pasta
adapted from An Everlasting Meal by Tamar Adler

3 slices bacon
2 eggs
2-3 cups egg noodles
1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
1 teaspoon olive oil
cheese, to taste
Fill a pot with water and heat over medium-high and bring to a boil. While the water is heating, cook the bacon in a saucepan on medium. I like to cook it a little more than normal, so it gets crunchy. Fish the cooked bacon out of the pan, but save the grease in the pan and turn the heat down to low. At about this time, the water in my pot was boiling, so I added the egg noodles to cook for 10 minutes. Since we were eating just pasta for lunch, I used 3 cups. But, if I were serving it for dinner (with a side dish) then I'd only make 2. When cooked, save 1/4 cup of the pasta water then strain the pasta. Separate the pasta into dishes, then crumble the bacon over it.

fried eggs

Crack your eggs into the saucepan and fry in the bacon grease over low heat. I leave the yolks pretty runny, so it adds to the sauce. When cooked, add one egg to each dish of pasta, then return the pan to the stove. Add to the pan: olive oil, rosemary, and a dash of pepper. Mix together as its heating, then add half of the saved pasta water and continue mixing. After a few minutes, pour the sauce over the pasta. Top with cheese of choice, we used feta but parmesan is traditionally used with carbonara sauce. Serve alone or with a side of oven-roasted brussel sprouts.

I'm a huge fan of putting eggs on pasta, but I'm usually greeted with disgusted reactions when I mention the idea. (Almost everyone comes around once they try it.) Do you have any favorite food combinations that seem too weird on the surface?


  1. I love a good pasta dish...this looks super yummy!

    The Glossy Life

    1. It really is, and its so easy once you get the hang of making the sauce.

  2. this looks amazing! i'm in love with eggs on anything, so i'll have to try this.

    a sowing season.

    1. Me too! Salads, rice dishes, burgers... everything is improved with a fried egg on top!

  3. Replies
    1. It really is! Let me know if you try it out!

  4. My husband and I tried to make carbonara pasta before (we had it in Germany and loved it) but it was a huge disaster. I will send him this recipe and maybe we can try again!

    Fashion and Beauty Finds

    1. The traditional way of making carbonara sauce looks very difficult! I'm sure you'll have more success with this version


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