Creamy Angel Hair Carbonara with Chicken

Creamy Angel Hair Carbonara with Chicken

Creamy Angel Hair Carbonara with Chicken

Now I do not usually do step-by-step photos of my cooking, and don’t expect this to be a regular thing, because it is very time consuming.  I read some blogs that practically, every post has step-by-step photos, and they post almost daily.  Some of these bloggers have children and they still do step-by-step photos. (Pioneer Woman, Kayotic Kitchen, The Kichenista and Noble Pig to name a few) I have to give them props, serious kudos, because it is just me, Hubby and 3 dogs and I cannot imagine doing this more then once a week.  However for this post I thought I give it a go. Although my photos are not quite up to par with theirs yet, this is my homage to those fabulous foodie bloggers that take the extra step and effort to give us visual step-by-step directions on how to make their fabulous dishes.

This dish turned out great and I managed not to burn anything while I ran between the stove and the camera, while dodging doggies that insist on hanging out in the kitchen.  Although the dogs do come in handy when I drop something on the floor, helps with the clean up process. :D

This was creamy and delicious, a perfect family dish.

 

Creamy Angel Hair Carbonara with Chicken (Adapted from Food&Wine.com)

Ingredients

The Cast & Crew

The Cast & Crew

  • 1 large chicken breast, diced
  • 1 pound Angel Hair (abt 1/4 of a box)
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 Tbs extra-virgin olive oil
  • 6 ounces thickly sliced bacon, cut into 1/8-inch dice
  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup of baby spinach, corsley chopped
  • 1/4 cup sun dried tomatoes
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese (3 ounces), plus more for serving
  • Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
  • Freshly ground pepper

Directions

In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the spaghetti until just al dente. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup of the pasta cooking water.

pasta

Boil Pasta

 

Meanwhile, separate eggs into a small bowl, whisk the egg yolks and cream.

Mix egg yolks & cream, set aside

Mix egg yolks & cream, set aside

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In a large, deep skillet, heat the oil. Add the bacon and cook over moderately high heat, stirring, until crisp, 4 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until golden, 1 minute.  

Take bacon and cook in hot skillet, add garlic

Take bacon and cook in hot skillet, add garlic

 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Add spinach cook till wilted

Add chopped spinach to skillet

Add chopped spinach to skillet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Add chicken and cook, 5 minutes.

Add chopped chicken to skillet

Add chopped chicken to skillet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Add the spaghetti to the skillet. Cook over low heat, tossing, until coated. Slowly add the reserved pasta cooking water, beaten egg yolks and sun-dried tomatoes. Toss until coated with a creamy sauce, about 1 minute.

Add, spagetti, sun-dried tomatoes, egg mixture & pasta water

Add, spagetti, sun-dried tomatoes, egg mixture & pasta water

 

Add the 1 cup of Parmesan and the nutmeg; season with pepper. Transfer to bowls and serve, passing extra Parmesan.

Add, nutmeg, pepper & cheese.  Toss and evenly cover pasta with sauce.

Add, nutmeg, pepper & cheese. Toss and evenly cover pasta with sauce.

Serve hot! Enjoy!

Yummy!

Yummy!

 
The Aftermath

The Aftermath

This is a behind the scenes look at my kitchen after I have been multi-tasking between cooking and shooting.  Notice that almost nothing has a lid back on it.  :D LOL

 
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Comments

  1. Tory says

    Literally just finished eating this!!! AMAZING! It was much easier to make than I expected, just make sure you have everything ready to go. Thanks for sharing.

  2. says

    This looks absolutely yummy. I’m going to try it this week. And you did a great job on your pics and directions! I’m afraid I get doing stuff and forget to take pics so there’s always a gap or two. I’m with you…I don’t know how those fabulous bloggers do it. :)

  3. says

    I just made this recipe again for the 3rd or 4th time, because it is so yummy. But this time I used Kale from my garden! I spent an hour after dinner saving another dozen or so of your recipes to my favorites to try. Thank you for an awesome blog with such fantastic recipes!!

  4. Katrina Kirtley says

    Hahahaha… Yer HILARIOUS! I have a boyfriend (Darrin) and 2 basset hounds (Beauregard an’ Clementine) that are always under my feet in the kitchen. I also find that none of the lids are replaced when I’m finished. You an’ me..? We got a bit in common. Keep up the good werk, lady. I sure do appreciate all the pics along the way. I’ll be on the look out for more recipes from you. (If there ain’t so many pics, I don’t mind either.)

  5. Reemabean says

    Can this be made without the bacon? Or is there any substitute that can be used instead? :) Because this recipe looks deliiiiiishhh, and I can’t wait to try it for my family!

  6. Tom Dawson says

    Could it be possible to have a print link on all the recipes you include in your Saveur.com weekly emails. They’re great, but printing them to make and keep is sometimes almost impossible. Thanks. Best, Tom Dawson, Pacific Palisades, California 90272

  7. Tiffany says

    I know what I’m fixing for dinner tomorrow. Your photography is great.
    I could almost feel the egg whites separating from the yolks.

  8. chit villegas says

    HI! It’s a beautiful try…I mean it is great…honestly..I like the way you “photo blog” your recipe…just read it now…can’t wait to try it this weekend…hope you do more….you’re really interesting!

  9. Andreas says

    oh dear lord, this looks so good o_O
    I’ll make it tomorrow, I promise! Thanks a bundle for the recipe : D

    *greetings from someone who sees his fried rice as sufficent cooking skills ..but has realized that maybe he needs to “level up”*

  10. Leah says

    This looks absolutely-fricken-amazing! I’m constantly having my hubby’s friends from work/socializing over on Friday or Saturday nights, so after our grilled sirloin night, this WILL be next. Thanks for posting!!!!! Oh, and the pictures are beeeeeeeeyutiful :D

  11. Megan says

    I made this tonight and it was really good. The only problems I encountered was I did not read too closely on how much angel hair pasta to use. I thought it should be one lb of UNcooked pasta. Needless to say, I didn’t use it all.

    I also think it would be handy if you could have your recipe where you could print it without pictures. Kinda like what you see on All Recipes. I don’t have a laptop so I had to keep running from room to room as I cooked it.

    Thanks again for planning dinner for my family tonight, Meseidy!!

    • Meseidy says

      This made me laugh. :) You know you can freeze that left over pasta.

      I have actually been researching how to offer that options, so stay tuned. :)

      I am glad you guys enjoyed it. :D

  12. Megan says

    When do you add in the sun dried tomatoes? I think I will make this tonight. But I will either have to omit the spinach on Charlie’s plate or make him pick it out.

    • Meseidy says

      I add them when I add the cream mixture & spaghetti. But it doesn’t make a big difference when you add them. You can add them at the very end if you want them to be a little bit chewier.

  13. says

    This looks and sounds delicious, and as soon as I get this kid out (please, God, soon) I am going to make it. I will not let that guanciale defeat me! I’m in love with the picture of your pasta boiling and look at how you managed to take photos while actually pouring things! I am completely incapable of accomplishing that.

    Also, if it helps, my kitchen is always a disaster when I’m done – luckily, since I did the work my husband cleans up my mess. It’s a great arrangement. :D

    • Meseidy says

      I love that picture too, I was very proud of it. Here is a tip on getting a pouring shot, camera timer and tripod are a must. It takes a few shots of practice but you can do it.

      I am not quite as lucky, Hubby cleans the kitchen once in awhile.

  14. Val says

    Can’t tell you how relieved I am to see that other people’s kitchens look trashed after cooking! Whew!!! What a relief!

    I’ve always wanted to try carbonara sauce & your tutorial is excellent. Doesn’t look so scary anymore. YOU’RE MY HERO!!!!!

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