friday night dinner

Posted on July 10, 2010

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Faced with an endless list of mediocre events and opportunities this weekend and a refrigerator FULL of food that needed to be prepared, my roommate and I opted to stay in last night and cook off as much as we could. That turned out to be only dinner, which was this.

I can’t suggest that you make this recipe yourself, since the garlic scape season came and went like that! but, I bet you could add a mixture of fresh garlic and green onions and be pretty satisfied with the result. To that end, we also increased the amount of bacon and got  the peppered variety which was delicious.
And yes, even I, the hater of eggs, enjoyed it.

Garlic Scape Carbonara
(adapted from Sarah’s Bella Cucina)

1/2 lb campanella pasta, or shape of your choosing
4 slices bacon (about 3 1/4 ounces), chopped
1/4 cup garlic scapes, cut into 1/4 inch coins
2 large eggs
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1/2 cup freshly grated Romano cheese
  • Set a pot of water to boiling on the stove and cook the campanella pasta (or desired shape).
  • While it’s cooking, cook the bacon over medium heat until browned. Remove the bacon pieces with a slotted spoon and add the garlic scapes. Cook until soft (2-3 minutes). Remove from the pan with a slotted spoon. (Drain both the bacon and the garlic scapes on a paper towel).
  • Whisk together the eggs, salt and red pepper flakes.
  • When the pasta is done, quickly remove it from the stove and set a different burner to low heat. Drain the pasta and add it back to the pot, on the burner set to low. Stir in the garlic scapes and bacon. Add the egg mixture and stir feverishly for 3-4 minutes until sauce is thick and creamy. Don’t let it overcook or it will be gloppy. Sprinkle the romano cheese in, a little at a time, and stir to combine. Don’t add it all at once or it won’t mix through out the pasta as well (since it will clump).
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