Bacon Pasta

Creamy Bacon Pasta…

what else can I really say?

So basically this is my take on Pasta Carbonara. But people get so bent out of shape over what defines “carbonara” that I opted not to call it that. Peas – no peas, onions – no onions… honestly I don’t know what all the fuss is about. Delicious pasta is never a bad idea.

Whether you opt for a pea filled variety, or an authentic classic

It’s all tasty.

Bacon Pasta Recipe

Ingredients

  • 10oz thick cut bacon (chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons reserved bacon grease
  • 1 cup onion (small diced)
  • 1 16 ounce box of pasta
  • 1/3 cup pasta water
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 cup grated asiago
  • 1 1/2 heaped teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Directions

Step 1
Start water in a large pot or saucepan over high heat to bring to a boil.
Step 2
While waiting for the water to boil (don't watch the pot!) dump all of the bacon pieces into a skillet set over medium heat.
Raw bacon in skillet
Step 3
Yes this is a lot of bacon... it is Bacon Pasta after all.
Step 4
It will take around 8 to 10 minutes for the bacon bits to get golden and crisp. Toss them occasionally, but keep busy by adding some stuff to a bowl.

Crack all 4 eggs into the bowl, and add the asiago, black pepper, and salt.
eggs, asiago, black pepper, and salt
Step 5
This looks awesome already. Awesome... not healthy.

Give it a vigorous whisking.
whisking egg sauce
Step 6
Talk about a creamy tease!

I know it's exciting, but don't forget about your bacon bits. They should be about perfect by now.
crispy bacon bits
Step 7
Get 'em out of the pan and into a bowl.
bacon bits with a spork
Step 8
You don't have to use a spork, but I highly recommend it.

Pour out all of the bacon grease except about 2 Tbs. There's no need to measure exactly, because I can't imagine doing that without obtaining a grease burn... and it's just not worth it. I pour my bacon grease into a jar to be used later, but store or trash yours however you like.

Dump the diced onion into the grease, and return to slightly above medium heat.
diced onion in bacon grease
Step 9
Saute the onions around 5 to 8 minutes, or until softened and slightly browned.
sauteed onions in bacon grease
Step 10
Add the frozen peas into the boiling pasta about 2 minutes before the desired doneness of the pasta.
adding frozen peas to boiling pasta
Step 11
Before draining the pasta/peas mixture, make sure to scoop out around 1/3 cup of the pasta water. You'll use this to temper the egg mixture.

scooping out pasta water
Step 12
I didn't get a shot of tempering aka slowly raising the temperature of the egg sauce mixture because one hand was pouring a gentle stream of boiling water, and the other hand was whisking the sauce. I'm not trying to show off, but still.

Drain the pasta and peas. Dump back into the pan. Add back in the bacon and onions. Then pour over the creamy egg sauce.
pouring egg sauce over bacon, onion, pasta mixture
Step 13
Don't worry the hot pasta and pasta water cooks the eggs. Give it all a toss, and prepare to swoon.
Bacon Pasta
Step 14
Top with extra asiago, because, at this point, who's keeping score?
Creamy Bacon Pasta
Step 15
This is super duper awesome, and you need to try it.
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