When it comes to pasta, I prefer white sauce over red sauce. It is always either alfredo or carbonara for me. Usually, in true lazy man style, if and when I plan to cook pasta, I would just buy a can of those ready made Heinz mushroom sauce and pour some over my cooked pasta.
Times have changed now. I want to really control my food intake and avoid as much preservatives as I can. So it is time to can those canned sauce and learn how to make my own pasta sauce.
Fortunately, carbonara seems to be a fairly easy thing to D.I.Y (Do It Yourself). This is the video that I refer to, by The Chiappas sisters, another participant of Jamie Oliver’s FoodTube.
- Handful of Farfalle – Otherwise known as bowtie pasta. I bought them last week because they were on promotion price. You can use whatever pasta you want.
- 1 x Bacon strip – I would’ve used 2, but I only had 1 left, so…
- 1 x Broccoli stalk – This is basically the last of the vegetables I have left at the time of cooking. I used the flowery part for my baked chicken strips a couple days earlier.
- 1 x egg
- some grated Parmesan cheese
As you can see, I am cooking this using whatever ingredients I have left in my fridge. If you cook this from scratch, please use whatever vegetable that you fancy, and if you use broccoli, don’t throw the flowery part away just because you read here that you have to use only the stalk.
3. Oh, while the chopping board is active, cut up the bacon strip into small pieces as well.
6. By now the Farfalle should be almost cooked. Set it aside. Fry bacon and diced broccoli stalk with a bit of olive oil for a few minutes.
8. Take the pan off the heat, and now add the egg mixture into the pan, stir quickly and mix everything up with the egg mixture while the pan is still hot. Don’t worry, the heat will be enough to cook the egg mixture into creamy carbonara sauce. You don’t want to add the egg mixture in while cooking over heat because that will quickly turn the egg into scrambled egg instead of sauce.
Look nice? Taste nice too, can’t go much wrong with bacon strips and cheese infused cooking 😉 .