We call this Carbonara à la Ben because it’s only loosely based on a classic Carbonara, but it is a firm favourite and staple in our house; everyone loves it, from our 16 month old, to our 7 year old and Sophie still claims it’s a great hangover meal! It’s also one of those wonderful, feel-good carb-tastic dishes.
What I particularly love about this recipe is how cheap and easy it is to make, making it a great one if you’re just beginning to take baby steps in the world of cooking.
I usually make this dish with sliced mushrooms, but just didn’t happen to have any in when making it this time, it’s your call whether you add them or not.
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- Pasta - 500g (penne)
- Onions - 2
- Bacon - 250g (streaky, back or lardons)
- Cream - 300ml (double)
- Parmesan - 90g
- Corn flour - 2 tsp (heaped)
- Egg - 1
- Fry the sliced onions and cut bacon on a high heat for 5 mn
- Turn the heat down to medium and add the crushed garlic (and mushrooms if using them), cook for 5 mn
- Cook the pasta once the kettle has boiled
- Mix the egg, the cream, grated parmesan and corn flour together
- Pour the cooked pasta over the onions, bacon and garlic
- Pour the carbonara sauce over everything else and stir well
Switch your kettle on. Get all your ingredients ready.
Fry the sliced onions and cut bacon on a high heat for 5 mn. You can use lardons, back bacon or streaky bacon; lardons are time-saving, but they tend to be more expensive. Turn the heat down to medium and add the crushed garlic, let this cook for 5 mn, stirring occasionally. If using mushrooms, slice them and add them at the same time as the garlic. While this is cooking add your pasta to the saucepan once the kettle has boiled, cook according to instructions. We use all sorts of pasta, choose according to your preferences - spaghetti, tagliatelle, penne, fusilli....
Mix the egg, the milk, grated parmesan and corn flour together in a separate bowl.
Pour the pasta over the onions, bacon and garlic. Pour the carbonara sauce over and stir well.
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