This weekend was a very busy weekend and I didn’t get a chance to do my usual baking. By Sunday night we were both exhausted and I needed to get dinner together quick and easy. I was also low on groceries because we didn’t get a chance to make it to the grocery store.
I think everyone can agree one of the easiest things to make for dinner is a pasta dish. At first I thought I w0uld do a simple spaghetti with meat sauce but I had no tomato sauce and no ground beef. So scratch that idea. Then I thought about a quick Alfredo, but I had no cream cheese or whipping cream. UGH! I really need to go to the store. That is when I saw the chicken stock and the eggs. I then found some bacon, onions and a lonely chicken breast.
This is when I decided that carbonara was what we were having for dinner. It’s simple and easy which means my butt could be on the sofa a lot sooner then later. I decided to toss some sage in just because it’s Fall and it’s my kitchen so I can do whatever I want. 😀 It was a good call, I really enjoyed it and Obed loved it. He went back for seconds and thirds.
Was it healthy? Probably not since the base of the sauce is bacon fat and egg yolks, but when you are exhausted and everything including your hair follicles hurt, who really cares? I ate my bacon fat/yolk based pasta and enjoyed it and I suggest you do the same!
Simple Carbonara with Sage (adapted from Linda’s Italian American Kitchen) 6 Servings
- 4 slices thick cut bacon, chopped
- 2 Tbs extra-virgin olive oil, plus more if needed
- 1 large yellow onions, chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 large chicken breast, diced into 1 inch cubes
- 4 sage leaves, minced
- 1½ cups hot Chicken Stock
- 1 pound cooked linguine
- 3 egg yolks
- 1 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
- Coarsely ground black pepper
- salt to taste
Bring 6 quarts of salted water to the boil in an 8-quart pot over high heat.
Heat the olive oil in a large, heavy skillet over medium heat. Add the bacon and cook, stirring, until the bacon is lightly browned but still soft, about 6 minutes.
Measure out 3 to 4 tablespoons of the bacon fat, add the onions, garlic and chicken and cook until onions wilted but still crunchy, about 4 to 5 minutes. Add the stock, bring to a boil, and adjust the heat to a simmer. Add sage and cook until the liquid is reduced by about half.
In the meantime, stir the linguine into the boiling salted water. Return to a boil, stirring frequently. Cook the pasta, semi-covered, stirring occasionally, until done, about 8 minutes.
Ladle off about a cup of the pasta-cooking water. Drain the pasta, return it to the pot, and pour in the sauce. Bring the sauce and pasta to a boil, stirring to coat the pasta with sauce. Check the seasoning, add salt if necessary. If necessary, add as much chicken stock or pasta-cooking water as needed to make enough sauce to coat the pasta generously.
Remove the pan from the heat and add the egg yolks one at a time, tossing well after each. Add the grated cheese, then the black pepper, tossing well, and serve immediately in warmed bowls.