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Meal Under 30 Minutes: Pasta Carbonara

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  Spaghetti pasta 1⁄2 Pound
  Olive oil 1 Tablespoon
  Pancetta 1⁄4 Pound, cut into 1/4 inch cubes
  Frozen peas 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Egg yolks 2
  Grated pecorino cheese 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Salt To Taste
  Pepper To Taste

Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat olive oil. Add pancetta and cook until golden, stirring occasionally, about 2 minutes. Drain all but 1 tablespoon of fat from the skillet.

Add frozen peas to a colander. When pasta is cooked, reserve 1 cup of the pasta water, then drain pasta in the colander, pouring over peas to defrost peas.

Shake colander to remove excess water then add pasta and peas to the skillet with the pancetta. Toss well.

In medium bowl, combine egg yolks, 1/3 cup of the pasta water and cheese and beat with a fork to combine. Add to pasta and toss together until well blended. Season to taste with salt and pepper. If the pasta seems dry, add additional reserved water. Garnish with parsley. Makes 2 main dish servings.

Note: If you prefer not to use raw egg yolks, use pasteurized egg yolks instead.

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Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Very Easy
Main Dish
Everyday, Quick
Preparation Time: 
5 Minutes
Cook Time: 
15 Minutes
Ready In: 
20 Minutes
Pasta Carbonara is one of my absolute favorite foods. It’s become a staple in my household because it only requires a handful of ingredients which can be prepped and cooked in under 30 minutes. This version uses raw egg yolks instead of cream for the sauce and I add peas for a little brightness. If you’re uncomfortable with raw egg yolks use pasteurized egg yolks instead. And don’t forget a glass of white wine to round things out! To get the recipe and shopping list on your smartphone (iPhone, BlackBerry, Android device) or PC, click here.

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 759 Calories from Fat 295

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 33 g50.9%

Saturated Fat 12 g60.1%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 230 mg76.7%

Sodium 1312.5 mg54.7%

Total Carbohydrates 90 g30.1%

Dietary Fiber 1.5 g6.1%

Sugars 1.8 g

Protein 30 g59.9%

Vitamin A 18% Vitamin C 10%

Calcium 14.6% Iron 28.2%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

Meal Under 30 Minutes: Pasta Carbonara Recipe