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Things to do with bacon - carbonara two ways

By August 23, 2014 , , , ,

One of my favourite dishes to cook is Carbonara, which of course includes another favourite ingredient bacon, which I like to cure and smoke myself
I know a lot of Italians will probably kill me for this version, but I don't care, it tastes nice. I did tell an Italian friend about this recipe once and he refused to talk to me for a while after that, well for a short while anyway. I have also included the traditional version too in case you think this one is too heretical.


I know a lot of Italians will probably kill me for this version, but I don't care, it tastes nice. I did tell an Italian friend about this recipe once and he refused to talk to me for a while after that, well for a short while anyway.



So here's my ''carbonara'' recipe:

2 eggs
50g crème fraiche
1 heaped teaspoon dried mixed herbs
Salt and pepper to taste
1 dessertspoon Dijon mustard
50g cheddar and 75g parmesan (grated)
75g smoked streaky bacon or pancetta cubes
2 cloves garlic chopped, finely

Pasta of choice – whatever takes your fancy

Mix together the crème fraiche, herbs, egg, Dijon mustard, salt and pepper and leave to one side, best to do this in advance to let the flavours infuse.

In one pan fry off the bacon and garlic, for 5 – 10 mins on a low heat, do not let the bacon get too crispy.
In another cook your pasta.
Once the pasta is ready, drain the pasta and add the cheeses, bacon and garlic and crème fraiche mixture, stir and give a couple of minutes to infuse.

But before the Mafia come round to the house.......

 In a bit of a hurry on Wednesday, I went traditional with the recipe rather than my usual. So streaky bacon was lightly fried off, parmesan grated and two eggs whisked. I added this to some linguine with some light seasoning, and to tell you the truth it was really nice.


Sometimes it’s nice to go back to basics, but fun to play around with them every once in a while.

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