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Monday, August 20, 2012

Vegetarian Pasta Carbonara

Hola from 6,000 ft in Mexico!

But this time I'm here with my take on an Italian classic. My mom and I decided pasta Carbonara would be a delish thing to make for dinner, but I wanted to make it without the pound of bacon which usually accompanies it- this is vegetarian, and proof that you can make something just as good without all that fat, or meat! Let's get to it.

Your arsenal of ingredients. Really not so bad for you without all that grease!

Onions and garlic sauteing, almost done.

Your eggs, parm, and cilantro to be whisked..

..and your finished egg mixture.

Onions and garlic with the stock added, and simmering away.

Make your pasta at the last moment you can, so it's super hot to go with the egg mixture.

And then toss away with the eggs, and then the butter!

Pasta Carbonara (Vegetarian)
-1/2 lb. pasta (I used veggie spaghetti pasta)
-3-4 tablespoons olive oil
-1/2 onion, chopped
-6 cloves garlic, chopped/minced
-1 cup veggie stock
-2 eggs
-3/4 cup Parmesan cheese
-1/2 cup parsley or cilantro (we used cilantro, as we're in MX!)
-2 tablespoons butter
-Salt and pepper to taste
Saute the onion in olive oil over medium heat. When done halfway, add the garlic and cook both until just starting to brown. Pour off (or sponge with a paper towel) any excess oil.
Pour your veggie stock in the pan of onions and garlic, and stir to deglaze anything. Let it continue to cook and thicken, stirring occasionally.
While your veggies are sautéing and your stock is thickening a bit, put your eggs, 1/2 cup Parmesan, most of your fresh herb(s), and some salt and pepper in a big bowl. Whisk it all together.
Cook your pasta until al-dente, drain, then quickly pour it into your egg mixture- it is important that your pasta be very hot to cook and thicken those eggs a little. Toss vigorously!
Add the butter to the pasta, and toss until melted in.
Top your pasta with the onions and garlic, then sprinkle on some Parmesan and herb(s).

Top with the onions and garlic, some herbs, and you're ready to roll. (I didn't have enough cheese to garnish- still fabulous!)

Really give this a shot- it's much less complicated than it sounds, and you probably have most of the ingredients on hand already!

Savor it!
love, rue

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