Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Carbonara with Asparagus

I am going to eat as much asparagus as I can this spring. I love it. My family loves carbonara so I whipped some up with asparagus yesterday.


The secret to a good carbonara is to have everything prepared in advance. Boil a box of spaghetti in salted water until al dente, save a couple cups of the pasta water and drain the pasta. Fry about ten pieces of bacon until crisp and set aside to drain on paper towels.


Dice 6 cloves of garlic.


Break 4 large eggs into a bowl and add 4 tablespoons of cream. Whisk to combine.


Once the bacon has cooled, dice it into small pieces. I always cut my bacon on a paper towel. It is easier to cut this way.


Have 1 cup of freshly grated Parmesan cheese ready.


Dice a bunch of fresh parsley.


Add 1/2 teaspoon of fresh black pepper. I added it to the diced bacon so it would disperse easily.


Cut 1 bunch of asparagus into one inch pieces on the diagonal.



Pour a bit of the pasta water into the egg/cream mixture to temper it.


Saute' the asparagus in the leftover bacon grease over high heat until it starts to brown.


Throw the diced garlic in and stir it around for a minute. Remove the pan from the heat. Add the bacon and the pasta. Then, quickly stir in the tempered egg/cream mix and the grated cheese. Stir until it thickens. If it gets too thick, add a bit more of the pasta water. Stir in the parsley.


I swear my photography is getting worse rather than better! I just could not get a good shot of this dish.


And then it was gone.


It sure was good!

15 comments:

Pricilla said...

Mmmm, the hubby would love this one. Our local butcher has the BEST bacon in the world.

Hubby is planting asparagus this year. I think I mentioned that. We should have it fresh in a couple of years.

Robin Larkspur said...

Your asparagus recipes are killing me. My husband hates asparagus..but he is out of town this week! Yay, me, I'm going to make this one and the recipe from the other day, the german one..er...spargle? i can't remember the name, but it looks delicious!! If I do, I will honor you on my blog!!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Mmmm, I haven't had carbonara for so long . . . .

HappyCrone said...

your photography is fine, and even if it wasn't this sounds so yummy I could taste it!!! And of course, any thing with bacon, well what can I say...

Beverly@Beverly's Back Porch said...

This is the best spring recipe I've seen all year. I could eat the whole thing, and just might.

thecottagebythecranelakeolof1 said...

I can´t remember when I had carbonara the last time! I haven´t had the mood for making any kind of food these last weeks to be honest. I make it of course, it´s edible, nothing more :-) :-)

Have a great day now!
Christer.

Zedral Z said...

I am making this on the weekend. It looks and sounds so delicious. I've always wanted to make pasta carbonara but wasn't sure if I would like it. I'm going to test that theory with this tempting recipe.

Chris said...

Oh yum...two of my favorite things...asparagus and pasta...and together in the same dish??
Heaven!!

SharleneT said...

There is no question you are a bad influence on me! But, if I'm going down, I'm doing it with asparagus and carbonara -- this asparagus and carbonara... yummy! Come visit when you can.

~ Jayne ~ said...

I served asparagus tonight steamed with a touch of butter & squeeze of lemon. It seems naked in comparison to your method of cookery!LOL

Suzie said...

Another yummy way to savor asparagus! Love it!

And Hubs would eat a whole chunk of Parmesan if I let him. .which is why I never ask him to grate it while I am doing other things. I wouldn't have any left for the dish!

This recipe is another keeper! Thanks!!

My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

o.k..... that's it..i am going to make carbonara...

Kim and Victoria said...

Another delicious sounding dish!

Tournesol said...

Another great idea for dinner this week, looks really good!

Mina said...

I have never had carbonara...can you tell I have never been much of a cook? Anyway, this looks fabulous. I honestly don't know what I have done all these years without your blog.