So, the other night was “Date Night”.

One of our favorite things to do is to make dinner together. Husbuddy likes to surprise me with a yummy loaf of bread and fancy cheese to start out our date night. Isn’t he cute? :)

yum! :)

Let’s go back to Italy! :)

The picture above is from Lucca. Only one of the coolest, cutest, most interesting little Tuscan towns that I ever visited!  In the center of town there is a courtyard that is round. I mean it! Each building around the edge has a curved side!  Weird huh? Well, actually it was built around an old Roman fort, so that little round courtyard has been there for 2000 years! So crazy. So beautiful.

Anyway, on to the food…have you ever heard of the pasta called Carbonara? It’s pretty much Heaven on a Plate.

I made it when we had our friends, Abby and Scott over. They loved it (even though I messed it up) and have asked for the recipe. So here it is, but the right way, without me messing it up! So if they liked it when I messed up… think how good it is when I don’t! :-p ha. It’s a really easy pasta recipe that has it’s origins from Rome.

What you need:

  • 4 teaspoons Olive Oil
  • 5 OZ of diced bacon
  • 1 clove of garlic, crushed
  • 1 1/4lbs Noodles (spaghetti)
  • 5 eggs
  • 5 TBL each of Parmesan & of Pecorino Romano cheese

Start the water boiling and cook the pasta.

Dice the bacon…OR… since it’s date night and you’re making this dinner with your husbuddy, make the husbuddy get his fingers dirty. :)

Saute the bacon in the oil. Add the crushed garlic. When the garlic is brown, discard it.

Shred the cheese folks.

Now, beat your eggs. I only have 4 eggs here because I’m not making the whole amount of the recipe.

Add plenty of Salt & Pepper :) (hee hee. ) Then add the cheese and mix it all together.

Once the bacon is ready, and the pasta is cooked you’re all ready to make some magic happen!

Add the drained pasta to the egg mix. Yes, you read that right. The pasta and the bacon are hot enough to cook to the eggs. This is what makes the Carbonara amazing. :) In Italy and Switzerland, it even comes out to you with a raw egg sitting on top of the pasta, then you mix it in right there at the table! but we’ll do it this way.

Mix it all together. The cheese will melt, the eggs will cook into creamy yummyness.

Then add the bacon AND the oil. Um. I know. Gross. But it’s what continues to cook the eggs AND helps make it so yummy! (if it seems like too much, just use some of the grease)

If you think it’s not cooked enough, you can put the whole skillet back into the pan to heat up for a second, but not too long- otherwise you’ll have fried egg and noodles! definitely not as creamy, therefore not as good! so be careful. but don’t eat raw egg either. i know. tricky. :-p

Look at how beautiful that is! :) Super easy, pretty fast, and a delicious Italian meal is waiting for you friends! Enjoy! Let me know if you make it!

Buona Notte!

 from Italia :)

xoxo-Kimberly Renee