Most of the time, I am super organised when it comes to food preparation and planning. But there are times when it's just not possible and on these nights I like a recipe that takes minimal time and effort to throw together. Carbonara is my easy night's meal.
400g spaghetti or fettuccine pasta
2 tablespoons oil
2 cloves garlic, crushed
6 rashers bacon, diced
1 cup grated parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
Heat oil in frypan and sauté garlic and bacon for 5 minutes. Add shallots. Cook further 1 minute. Set aside. Cook pasta according to packet directions. Drain. Return pasta to saucepan. Cook further 1 minute or until moisture evaporates.
Whisk eggs and cream together and toss through pasta over low heat for 1 minute.
Remove from heat and toss through bacon, parsley and parmesan.
Chicken and Bacon Carbonara
1 chicken breasts, halved lengthways and cut into 1 cm slices.
Heat oil in pan and brown chicken. Remove from pan and set aside. Follow above recipe as indicated. Toss through chicken at the same step as bacon mix.
Bacon and Mushroom Carbonara
Add 150g sliced button mushrooms to the above recipe. Sauté at same step as bacon and garlic.
Life for us has been all about survival on a shoestring budget. I cook from scratch and don't buy prepackaged mixes of anything. I've learnt how to live on very basic (and cheap) staples. I've raised happy and healthy kids and I believe that good food is central to a good life!
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I have an unpublished cookbook manuscript that lives on my kitchen bench. This is the collection that I have fed my family from for many years, all made from a core list of practical and economical ingredients. The manuscript is splattered with butter, flour and milk from daily use. It moves between the kitchen and the office as I edit and test-kitchen the recipes.