Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Creamy Bacon Carbonara–Gluten Free

Do you love the movie The Holiday as much as I do?

Oh. I just LOVE that movie. I’m pretty sure Parrish doesn’t love it…but that’s neither here nor there.

A few nights ago I was watching my beloved movie and I started getting hungry. There is just something about that scene where Kate Winslet and Jack Black make fettuccine alfredo. It always make me hungry…for creamy pasta!

And you know what’s better than alfredo sauce?

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Creamy Bacon Carbonara sauce!

Yep. I would choose carbonara over alfredo anytime.

And the key to this dishes success…aside from the bacon…is my favorite gluten free pasta:

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Schar gluten free spaghetti. I am OBSESSED with this pasta! Luckily they carry it at my local Harris Teeter, so I don’t have to travel far to pick up a pack. Or is that unlucky…. Winking smile

Anyway…back the carbonara!

Creamy Bacon Carbonara – Gluten Free

You’ll need:

2 eggs

1/4 cup heavy cream

1/3 cup shredded parmesan (plus additional for garnish)

gluten free spaghetti noodles

3-4 strips of bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled

salt and pepper

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This pasta is so easy to make, and so delicious that your friends and family will think that you’re a master chef! Creamy, cheesy, and smokey flavors meld to make the ultimate comfort dish.

Start by making your sauce:

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WHISK: 2 eggs, 1/3 cup shredded parmesan cheese, 1/4 cup heavy cream, dash of salt and pepper

**Note: If you have access to a Whole Foods, I highly suggest substituting their Robusto cheese for parmesan. Robusto is an aged Dutch cheese that is sharp, creamy, and nutty. It’s not exclusive to Whole Foods, so other specialty cheese shops could carry it, but I always find it at Whole Foods.

Set your sauce aside and cook your gluten free noodles according to the package.

While your pasta is boiling you’ll need to cook three to four strips of bacon until crispy. Chop the crispy bacon into bite size bits.

Once your noodles are cooked, drained, and placed back in the pot, give your sauce a second whisk and then pour over the noodles. Stir the noodles and sauce, coating the noodles, removed from heat. Stir for a minute, continuing to coat the noodles, removed from the heat. THEN turn your stovetop to a medium low heat and stirring constantly, until the sauce thickens up a bit and stays coated on the noodles.

You don’t want to turn your heat up any higher than medium low! Any higher and the eggs in the sauce will scramble.

Once the sauce thickens, remove from heat and stir in the bacon. You’re ready to serve!

Top with a sprinkle of your cheese and enjoy!

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