Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Pasta Carbonara, Minus Bacon

Hi there!  I hope you're having a fantastic Tuesday.  I'm getting ready to curl up on the couch with the newest episode of New Girl.  Seriously, if you've never watched it's laugh out loud hilarious, not to mention the re-watch factor!

Today was a very lazy day for me.  Lots of lounging around and reading, followed by an impromptu phone interview, grocery shopping at Kroger, cooking two meals, limping to the mailbox and dodging the multitude of runners that were enjoying the nice weather.  I love the sunshine and I'm definitely missing my long walks - hopefully, the stress response (pre-stress fracture) in my foot continues healing.  It's gotten better over the past 2.5 weeks, but I've only been able to wear my danskos which I lovingly refer to as my nun shoes without pain.  Danskos are the most comfortable shoes in the entire world, even if they aren't so flattering.

Tomorrow's agenda includes catching up with lots of old friends, I can hardly wait. Now, onto the recipe I'm sharing today..... for vegetarian pasta carbonara!  Oh yeah, that's another thing.  I gave up meat for Lent and discovered in the process that I'll never go completely vegetarian.  Of all people I was shocked -  I follow a mostly pescetarian diet because that's what I like and how I end up eating.  However, I miss occasionally being able to order chicken at Chipotle, the local organic bacon at my favorite restaurant... and proscuitto wrapped dates.  It's funny, because I rarely eat meat and didn't think I would miss it but apparently I do.  That's something that I'm okay with, but sometimes other people aren't - which is precisely why I don't believe in labels of what I "am" when it comes to my dietary habits.

Anyway, pasta carbonara was a recipe that always intimidated me.  I love eggs, especially over easy eggs, but the idea of runny egg on my pasta kinda freaked me out.  I did more research and found that the heat of the pasta cooks the egg.  I figured I would try it and if it was terrible, I would just pitch it. Oh my gosh, was I wrong, this dish was out of this world amazing.  Not only was it ridiculously easy - one of my friends has made it and she thought it was easy too - it was incredible and quick.  Perfect for those nights when you only have enough time to boil water :)

Vegetarian Pasta Carbonara


1 serving corn pasta
1 egg
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
1 tsp garlic, minced
1/8 tsp basil
ground black pepper

1. Boil pasta according to package directions. Drain. Return pasta to pot.
2. Crack egg into bowl, whisk to combine.
3. Add 1/2 of the parmesan cheese & garlic to pasta, place egg mixture on top.  Immediately, begin whisking the egg into the pasta without stopping until a smooth silky sauce forms - about a minute.  The heat of the pasta will cook the egg, but if you stop stirring the egg will scramble :)
4. Place pasta on a plate, top with remaining parmesan, basil and black pepper.  Feast away!

See you tomorrow or the next day!

What's your favorite easy pasta recipe?