Asparagus and Chicken Carbonara

  • vdoyle8 Posted: 02/24/09
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    My family loved this. I substituted prosciutto for the bacon as I don't care for bacon. I trimmed the fat from it and browned it with the onion. I had marinated, grilled chicken breast left over and used that. It really added a very nice flavor. I would definitely make this again.

  • SusanJ Posted: 12/07/08
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    No flavor at all!! Terrible.

  • jayrayrob Posted: 01/21/09
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    This is one of my favorite recipes. The only change I made is that I use whole wheat pasta, I've found it adds a nice undertone to the dish. The flavors play nicely off of one another and it reheats wonderfully in the microwave. This has become a staple in my lunch bag.

  • aimeeh Posted: 05/21/10
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    This came out great! And it felt pretty guilt free comparativley. I took 3 chicken breasts and cooked them in my pressure cooker to make healthier shredded chx chunks. Combined with veg stock, garlic, onion powder, s&p. I also used white wine instead of vermouth and added 4 crushed garlic cloves. It didn't really take that long and it tasted really yummy.

  • Laudies5 Posted: 11/21/08
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    Really, really yummy!! I followed the recipe perfectly and it turned out great. It was also fun to prepare! The creamy texture was awesome and I loved the bacon flavor. I sauteed the onions in the bacon grease which I think helped with the flavor. I figured it would be a little bland so I added extra salt and pepper. The fiancee loved it too! This would be perfect for a dinner party as well...I can't wait for the leftovers!

  • Stepande Posted: 10/16/10
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    I followed the other reviews and fried the onion w/ a garlic clove in the bacon grease. I did not have rotissori chicken so instead, I used 1 12.5 oz. can of chicken which I fried in olive oil and a bit of butter. I then sprinkled with rotissori seasoning. I did not have any evorporated milk so I used 1/2 & 1/2 in place of it. Next time I will reserve 1/2 c. of pasta liquid along with 3/4 c. of 1/2 & 1/2 or evorporated milk, as it was a bit dry. Otherwise, very good!

  • rrican Posted: 10/13/09
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    This was a great looking dish and only took 30mins to prepare. I also followed the other reviews and used basil instead of parsley, a bit of garlic, and sauteed the onion (frozen diced onion in a bag) in the bacon grease (def. not as healthy but GOOD taste!). I served it with dinner rolls. Instructions worked perfectly and consistency came out good. Not too creamy, but not completely dry. Will def. do again!

  • sunnys Posted: 10/05/09
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    I made the recipe with a few exceptions. I used morningstar fake bacon, and I used chicken meal starters in place of real chicken. I did not have vermouth so I used a dry white wine. This was outstanding and took no time at all to prepare this way.

  • Smile45 Posted: 11/13/09
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    This receipe was ok......I am a carbonara lover and this one did not hit high marks. I would maybe try it with broccoli. It is not real creamy - I really think adding more milk would help. This is not a low fat meal........but worth eating. Would not recommend if you are wanting to impress a group.

  • snackcracker675 Posted: 02/18/09
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    Yummy. We will make again! I took the leftovers for lunch the next day and everyone kept coming to see what smelled so delicious! I did not alter the recipe at all.

  • johnsover Posted: 03/24/09
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    My husband and I really loved this dish! I will be making it again very soon. Very easy to make and if you use pre cooked chicken, it is really quick. Since I didn't have all of the ingredients exactly as stated in the recipe, I used what I had in the house. I used vermicelli in place of the spagetti, I used martini and rossi extra dry vermouth, in place of the bacon, I used a package of oscar mayer real bacon pieces, I used dry parsley instead of fresh, and I also added 2 tsp. of italian seasoning. Overall, I am really pleased with how it turned out and I think it would be great to serve guests.

  • cageller Posted: 03/20/09
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    Although it was very tasty, it's not like any carbonara that I've ever had. There was no creamy sauce, in fact no sauce at all. The egg substitute and the other liquids become scrambled and stick to the noodles. It's kinda like what we used to do with left over noodles, fry them with scrambled eggs the next morning for breakfast. I heated it on low,rather than medium, but cooking for 4 minutes still cooks the eggs, thus no sauce.

  • Irishlady Posted: 09/23/09
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    the only thing I changed was the bacon.. Indeed a great flavor but I used cut up plum tomatoes instead of the salty bacon... it gave a great color along with the flavor.

  • shemp07 Posted: 07/28/09
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    I am a novice cook and made this for my boyfriend and brother and we all really liked it. Easy to make and even leftovers were good.

  • lbkimball Posted: 09/07/09
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    Delicious meal - I would only say that it should not be considered a "Super Fast" meal! It took an hour to prepare and cook. I will make it again.

  • jdejonge Posted: 08/18/09
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    Very good, but glad to have read reviews first. My revisions: angel hair pasta, added 4 cloves chopped garlic (sauteed with onion), 1/3 cup basil - chopped (no parsely), 1/2 cup Pinot Grigo - no vermouth, 1/2 cup bacon bits (was too lazy to fry bacon), much more salt / pepper & pasta water. Save ALL of your pasta water as you WILL need to add to dish! Great with a fresh loaf of French Bread and white wine! Makes HUGE portion....think I will cut in 1/2 for next time, but looking to forwad to left-overs tomorrow.

  • Lulubird Posted: 09/22/09
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    I make something very similar except I saute some sliced leeks once the bacon is almost crispy. Crank up the heat to high and dump pasta in first then the egg mixture. Stir then remove. THe egg mix will cook quickly. Not sure any salt is necessary other than that in the pasta water.

  • buckeyebabe Posted: 05/03/11
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    Thought this was an awesome dish! I did make a few changes b/c of what I had on hand...I used 1/2 heavy cream and 1/2 evap milk. I used 1 egg and 2 whites. Fresh basil was awesome in it! I also added some chopped ham that I had on hand. Kids loved it. Hubby loved it....will definitely make again!

  • brittneyneal Posted: 09/23/11
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    I substituted the noodles for whole grain, and the egg substitute for real eggs. I would also probably cook the noodles last next time (cause there will be one) and add more onion and some minced garlic. I would recommend doubling the liquid as it was dry. It was still pretty tasty though. It was still good as leftovers the next day.

  • Adshehan Posted: 01/12/12
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    This was fabulous and one that I would gladly make to serve company! I took into account some of the suggestions by reviewers which made it that much better.

  • ladler49 Posted: 02/16/12
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    My husband loved this, but I thought it was just so-so. I used rotisserie chicken as directed. Despite the use of pre-cooked chicken, it seemed like a lot of work and mess for average results.

  • EileenNJ Posted: 05/06/12
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    Great recipe--easy and really tasty. I often use Perdue shortcuts cooked chicken or equivalent and then leave out the salt.

  • Jnetty Posted: 08/09/12
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    Really good and my family thought that it tasted like something you would order at a fancy restaurant.

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