Monday, 5 September 2011

Old favourites... Part 3 - Pasta Carbonara

Saturday I made another old favourite of the kids: Carbonara sauce with macaroni. I made it with bacon, cheese and spring onion this time and although the panful *should* have been enough for 2 meals it was almost completely finished by the kids having not just seconds but thirds and fourths as well!

  • 150 grams / 6 ounces bacon strips
  • 3 spring onions - thinly sliced
  • 1 onion - finely diced
  • 25 grams / 1 ounce margarine or butter
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 150 grams / 6 ounces cheese
  • 1/2 liter / 1 pint milk
  • Pasta - enough for 3 - 4 people
How to make: 
  1. Put the water for the pasta on to boil
  2. Melt the margarine / butter in a frying pan (skillet) on a high heat and keep it high till told to change.
  3. Add the bacon and fry for a moment before adding the onion
  4. As soon as the onion starts to go transparent add the spring onion.
  5. Fry for a bit longer till the onion starts to brown.
  6. The water for the pasta should be boiling now so add the pasta to the pan.
  7. Add the flour and stir with a wooden spoon if it's a non stick pan or whisk if it's not.
  8. After about 1 minute you can start slowly adding the milk, first enough to cover the bottom and stirring till it's thick - then adding what's left in 2 - 3 goes each time stirring till it's thick again.
  9. Turn the heat down.
  10. Slowly add the cheese and stir till completely melted before adding more.
  11. Turn the heat off.
  12. Check to see if the pasta is done and if so strain and serve with the sauce.

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