Friday Food : Quick and Easy Pasta Carbonara

This is by far one of my favorite recipes. Honestly, it SHOCKS me I haven’t shared it yet. It’s super quick to make and I can change it up to give it a little variety. In the past, I’ve added different veggies, included chicken or tuna, made it with or without the bacon, sometimes using different shapes of pasta (today I used 1/2 boxes of two kinds of leftover pasta), and today I also made it without the milk and cheese.  Instead I included a little SPICE (red pepper flakes). Find your own combination of sweet and spicy, creamy or thick and make sure you watch your portions!

Pasta Carbonara

Pasta Carbonara

What you need:

  • 6 oz turkey bacon
  • 1 box (14.5 oz whole wheat pasta)
  • 32 oz chicken stock
  • 10 oz frozen green peas
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • optional: red pepper flakes, grated Parmesan cheese, an additional cup or so of milk, cream or evaporated milk

Directions:

Prepare bacon according to package. When cooled enough cut/dice into small pieces

In a large skillet over medium heat, combine the pasta and chicken stock. Cover and allow to simmer for 12-15 minutes

Add peas, cream cheese and bacon. Also add any desired spices, milk or Parmesan cheese. Stir and allow everything to blend

Makes approximately (12) 1-cup servings. 

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