Las personas que aman comer son siempre las mejores personas.
Quickly translated Julia is saying: People who love to eat are always the best people.
I could not agree more with this concept. Great food & great people are where memories are made!
My favorite time to spend with friends is over a dinner table. Being able to have a drink & eat delicious food while reminiscing about past events is the absolute best! This weekend I got to take a short road trip to see one of my best friends from college. Even though we hadn’t seen each other in almost 2 years, after a few minutes it was like no time had past. Getting to double date with her, grab drinks, split appetizers & share WAY too many sushi rolls made my weekend!
A few weeks ago I made the most delicious & creamy carbonara. It was loaded with flavor & made me feel like I was eating at my favorite Italian restaurant, but in my own home. Any time you combine bacon, chicken & mushrooms into a dish, you will have a hard time sharing and not eating it all yourself!
Combine your eggs, cream, parsley, salt, pepper & parmesan into a bowl. Whisk until combined. Your carbonara egg mixture can set out while you’re cooking the proteins of the meal. This will allow it to combine more & let the eggs come to room temperature.
I have all the heart eyes for that bacon!
Add additional flavor to your carbonara!
Don’t forget to leave some bacon grease in your pan in order to create added flavor while cooking your onions, mushrooms & garlic!
Important note about adding the carbonara egg mixture:
Turn the heat to LOW before adding the egg mixture into the pan. You do not want scrambled eggs, it will completely ruin the dish. Allow the heat to come down while cooking the garlic & warming the chicken so you do not overheat the eggs.
The most important thing to know about carbonara, you have to eat it quickly. When carbonara becomes cold the egg mixture will begin to solidify. Don’t get me wrong, it still tastes delicious just not AS DELICIOUS as when it is warm.
Make sure you have a hungry crowd when you make this meal, it serves a heavy handed 4 plates. It is also so good you’ll have a hard time leaving any for left overs!
- 1/2 lb spaghetti
- 1/4 cup parmesan, shredded
- 2 large eggs
- 3/4 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 cup cooked chicken
- 1/2 cup mushrooms
- 1/4 cup onion, diced
- 5 slices bacon
- 1 tbsp parsley, chopped and divided
- 1/2 tsp garlic, minced
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
Bring pot of water to boil over high heat. Add pasta & cook until al dente or your likeness of cooked.
Into a bowl add eggs, heavy cream, salt, pepper, 3/4 tbsp parsley, & parmesan. Whisk until all ingredients are combined. Set aside until needed.
In a pan, add 5 slices of bacon & cook evenly on both side. About 2 minutes on each side until crispy. Set aside. When cool, crumble into large pieces.
Leave some bacon grease in pan & add diced onions. Cook for 3-4 minutes until begins to soften. Add in mushrooms, cook for an additional 2-3 minutes. Finally add garlic and cook until fragrant.
Dice your cooked chicken into thick cubes. Add to pan and allow to warm. Finally add cooked pasta into pan.
Turn your stove heat to low. Pour the "egg mixture" into pan and mix until all ingredients are combined. **
When all ingredients have warmed, add your bacon back into the pan. Garnish with pepper, parsley & parmesan. Serve & enjoy!
**Make sure you do not leave your pan on high heat, the egg mixture WILL begin to cook itself which will change the taste of the meal