Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Yummy, Easy, Cheap Dinner

Asparagus Carbonara from Rachael Ray Magazine
I made this recipe for dinner last week and got rave reviews from Matt. It was super duper easy, fairly healthy, and cheap! I also threw in 15 shrimp because they were on sale at Publix and they were definitely a nice addition to the dish (they were pre-cooked so I just sauteed in white wine and butter for a few minutes to heat up).


2 large eggs
2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
3/4 pound spaghetti
1 bunch asparagus, halved lengthwise and cut crosswise into 2-inch pieces
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
5 slices bacon, coarsely chopped
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/4 cup dry white wine
Salt and pepper


In a large bowl, beat together the eggs and cheese. In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook the pasta until al dente, adding the asparagus during the last minute of cooking. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup of the cooking water. Add the hot pasta and asparagus to egg mixture; toss to coat.
Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the bacon and cook until crisp, stir in the garlic. Add the wine and cook until slightly reduced, about 1 minute. Stir the bacon mixture into the pasta, adding enough of the reserved pasta water to moisten; season with salt and pepper.

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