Absolutely Fantastic. I used what I had on hand which was zucchini and yellow squash that I cut into thin strips. I simply sauteed them in the bacon drippings and skipped the rest of the veggies. I also used angel hair pasta, again, what I had on hand. It still turned out wonderful.
Spring Vegetable Carbonara
Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Cindy Barr
Cavatappi, spiral-shaped pasta, adds an element of whimsy to this budget-friendly dish. If you can't find it, substitute fusilli.
Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 3/4 cups)
Cost per Serving: $1.93
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Amount per serving
- Calories: 425
- Fat: 14.4g
- Saturated fat: 5.9g
- Monounsaturated fat: 5.3g
- Polyunsaturated fat: 1.6g
- Protein: 22.2g
- Carbohydrate: 52g
- Fiber: 5.4g
- Cholesterol: 183mg
- Iron: 3.6mg
- Sodium: 614mg
- Calcium: 210mg
- 1/2 cup frozen green peas, thawed
- 12 ounces asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
- 8 ounces uncooked cavatappi pasta
- 1/2 cup (2 ounces) grated pecorino Romano cheese
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 4 slices center-cut bacon, chopped
- 1 cup chopped seeded red bell pepper
- 1. Cook peas and asparagus in boiling water for 3 minutes or until asparagus is crisp-tender; drain. Plunge into ice water; drain. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain pasta in a colander over a bowl, reserving 1/4 cup cooking liquid. Combine pasta and vegetables.
- 2. Combine cheese and the next 3 ingredients (through eggs) in a bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Gradually add hot cooking liquid to egg mixture, stirring constantly with a whisk. Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp, stirring occasionally. Remove bacon from pan, reserving 1 tablespoon drippings in pan. Add bacon to pasta mixture. Cook bell pepper in drippings for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add pasta mixture; cook 1 minute or until thoroughly heated. Remove pan from heat, and stir in egg mixture. Return pan to low heat; cook for 2 minutes or until sauce thickens slightly, stirring constantly.
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