Easy Spaghetti Carbonara

Easy Spaghetti Carbonara

Ah, fall. The weather gets a little cooler, the leaves get a little crisper, and school is back in session. I’m not letting go of summer quite yet – although the weather may fight me on that. One of the bigger changes of fall falling (:-D) upon a college town like Madison, Wisconsin is that the number of people downtown/on campus seems to explode with the influx of students – all who look decades younger than I would expect a college student to look like.

My college years gave me the time (and necessity) to learn how to cook. Rest assured, it took a full four years to add to such culinary specialities like boxed macaroni and cheese. I’m not saying I ate ramen every night but who’s going to hate on a plate of pizza rolls?

Easy Spaghetti Carbonara

One of the first dishes that I learned to make that required more than just cans and ready-made ingredients is spaghetti carbonara. Spaghetti carbonara is a pasta dish featuring a small list of ingredients: spaghetti, bacon (or pancetta), garlic, eggs, parmesan cheese and a lot of cracked black pepper. The eggs and cheese come together for a creamy sauce with salty bites from the bacon and garlic. I also insult traditional Italian cooking by adding green peas, which I did after I took these photos (seriously - there are online debate about adding peas or not).

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