I love making meals that look very five star impressive but take little to no effort to make. Carbonara is one of those dishes.
The boyfriend is really impressed with my cooking. One of the reasons is I make these elaborate looking dishes that taste phenomenal. None of them take any time to make. Just throw some things in a pan and mix it all together, and there you go. I have him fooled!
On one of our first dates we went to a winery and he ordered a $25 plate of carbonara. First off I nearly fell out of my chair. Carbonara probably cost this restaurant less than $2 for the serving of the pasta dish, and by the looks of it I knew I could out do their carbonara.
6 strips of bacon
1 box of spaghetti or vermicelli noodles
1 cup Parmesan cheese. You may or
may not use it all.
1 package of frozen cleaned shrimp
1 bunch of scallions
Garlic- I used about a tablespoon of already minced in water
Putting it all together
Fry the bacon until crisp, leaving in pan once done. Prior to frying you may want to cut the bacon into bite sized pieces. This makes the dish easier to prepare. Boil noodles in salt water. Prepare shrimp per your liking, place into the pan with bacon. Remove the bacon from heat, add the minced garlic, stirring so it does not burn. Drain the noodles and reserve 1/4 cup of the starchy water. Crack the eggs and whisk in a separate bowl, temper with the starchy water. Toss the hot noodles in the pan with the bacon and shrimp, mix it all together. When everything is incorporated, then add the tempered egg mixture. Mix until all of the egg/water mixture has coated the noodles, stir quickly as not to have scrambled eggs in the bottom of the pan. Toss in the scallions.
Serve into dishes or bowls, sprinkle Parmesan cheese onto the servings. Enjoy!