Posted By Stephen


Both Stephen and I were home late last night and we didn’t have anything planned for dinner.  It’s been a bit of a challenge to find interesting things to eat since I had my wisdom tooth out, I’ve been craving lamb chops but don’t think I’ll be able to chew them.

I ended up in Waitrose on my way home hoping that inspiration would strike but nothing really called out to me.  After browsing the ready-made pasta dishes I settled on carbonara knowing that all I needed was cream.  Stephen loves eggs so we always have those and the little packets of pancetta that Waitrose sell are useful for so many things that we try to keep those in the fridge too.

I didn’t really follow a recipe but I used one small packet of pancetta (two would have been better!), two eggs, a small carton of cream, some salt and pepper and lots of parmesan cheese.  While the pasta is cooking,  frythe pancetta off first and drain away the oil.  Combine the eggs, cheese and salt and pepper together in a jug.  When the pasta is cooked, stir everything in and serve.

Feb 19th, 2009

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  1. anne said,

    Thats what I made for the other half last night! Only difference is I use half fat creme fraiche trying to make it a bit healthier, he ate the lot though so not sure if still counted on the healthy-ish stakes!

    Glad I am not the only one who browses that aisle for inspiration 😉

  2. Ros said,

    The kids made carbonara in cookery club a few weeks ago and while I was writing up the recipe, everyone was making suggestions for alterations. It seems that carbonara was a recipe that everyone had an opinion on. Some of it was not very promising. One friend suggested adding olives and another swears by Jamie Oliver’s carbonara with courgette. I can’t see either of those being to my taste but then I got a great suggestion of adding a little nutmeg. I tried this out last time I had it and can thoroughly recommend.

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  3. Lizzie said,

    Looks delicious! I really struggle with that pasta shape – it either goes too soggy or has hard bits.

    Lizzie’s last blog post..Guilty Pleasures Dinner Party

  4. Kerri said,

    It didn’t even occur to me to use half-fat creme fraiche Anne, I’m such a glutton 🙁

    Nutmeg is a great idea Ros, we were thinking rosemary too.

    Thanks Lizzie, it’s really hard to photograph carbonara well. This pasta shape works ok for me but the one shaped like ears (orichiette?) does that to me.

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