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20 Minute Penne Carbonara for Two

 
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Italian pasta Carbonara for two using 6 simple ingredients and perfectly sized for two servings. Best of all this can be served in about 20 minutes.

Yield

2

servings

Prep

5

min

Cook

15

min

Ready

20

min

Trans-fat Free
 

Ingredients

2 ounces bacon
2 slices, chopped, or pancetta if you have it
4 ounces pasta, penne
dry, whole-wheat or regular
1 large eggs
beaten
4 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
or half and half for a lighter version
2 tablespoons pecorino cheese
grated, or parmesan
*
1 x black pepper
freshly ground, to taste
*

Directions

Cook the bacon until crispy (or pancetta until transparent), drain on paper toweling and set aside. If using pancetta don't drain the fat (there won't be as much and it's packed with flavor).

Meanwhile, cook the pasta is salted water until al denté or to your preference. Drain and return to the pot. Reduce heat to as low as you can.

In a small bowl whisk together the egg, cream and cheese. Season with fresh ground black pepper to taste.

Add the bacon to the pasta, stir and add the egg mixture while stirring constantly.

Cook over very low heat, stirring constantly.

Keep the pasta moving in pot so that the eggs do not scramble. Be careful, super low heat is the key and cook just until thickened.

Serve immediately. You may wish to reserve a small amount of bacon in the previous step for garnish along with a grinding or two of black pepper.

There is no need to add salt, the bacon and cheese is sufficient seasoning.

 

* not incl. in nutrient facts

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 103g (3.6 oz)
Amount per Serving
Calories 36462% of calories from fat
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 25g 38%
Saturated Fat 11g 56%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 175mg 58%
Sodium 694mg 29%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Sugars g
Protein 34g
Vitamin A 11% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 4% Iron 9%
* based on a 2,000 calorie diet How is this calculated?

 

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