I can not tell you how necessary this recipe is to have in your arsenal. So easy. Any vegetables, any pasta, some chicken if you like and the sauce takes a minute to make! Try to find chili paste or sambal olek. You can find it in most supermarkets, just ask, or order from amazon. Taste a tiny bit. It is spicy but a little can add so much flavor! Even without it this dish is fabulous! Our Favorite Loaded Pasta Carbonara is an easy and absolutely delicious way to enjoy your mealtime! Any day of the week!
Easy and yummy! I remember the first time I saw my friend make this pasta dish I could not believe how she did it! I was literally shocked. Then, once I tasted what would eventually become Our Favorite Loaded Pasta Carbonara I knew this was a dish I would make forever. This is that easy!
Our Favorite Loaded Pasta Carbonara
- 1 pound bacon, pancetta or ham, cooked, diced
- 4 chicken breast, boneless, skinless, cut into 1 inch chunks
- 1 medium onion, chopped or sliced
- 1 cup peppers, any color, cored, seeded, sliced or chopped
- 3/4 cup carrots, shredded
- 1 pound mushrooms, fresh, sliced
- 3 cups Parmesan cheese
- 1 cup white wine or chicken broth
- salt - to taste
- pepper - to taste
- 6 large eggs
- 2 tablespoons garlic, minced
- 1 pound pasta, your favorite variety
- 2 tablespoons parsley, fresh, chopped
- 1/2 - 1 teaspoon chili paste (sambal olek) a little heat, if desired
Prepare your pasta of choice according to package directions. Reserve 1/2 cup cooking water. Drain and set aside. In a large skillet, cook bacon or pancetta until crisp. Drain on paper towel and set aside. Pour bacon fat into a small bowl and leave some of the bacon fat in your skillet. Maybe a few tablespoons. If using ham skip this step because your ham is already cooked! Heat a tablespoon or two of oil until it shimmers or a drop of water flicked in it dances. Rinse and pat chicken dry with paper towels and sprinkle salt and pepper all over it. Cook chicken in bacon fat or oil until browned and no longer pink inside, 4 or 5 minutes. Transfer chicken to paper towel lined plate and set aside. Add mushrooms and onions to skillet. Cook until tender. Add more bacon fat if you need to or if you prefer heat up some oil to cook your mushrooms and onions. Once tender, add garlic, chili paste (if using), parsley, carrots and peppers. Stir to combine. Add wine or broth and simmer until thickens, just a few minutes.
Whisk eggs and cheese together in large pot. Slowly dump skillet mixture into egg mixture. Add pasta, chicken and bacon, pancetta or ham to your pot. Toss until coated. Add reserved pasta water if needed. Taste and season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately and enjoy!.