Friday, December 18, 2009

Smoky Mountain Carbonara

Smoky Mountain Carbonara - doesn't sound right does it?  But boy, oh boy does it sure taste right!  On a cold winter's night, wrap your self around a big bowl of Smoky Mountain Carbonara!  Better than a Snuggie!





Cook 5 slices of chopped bacon (or 2 to 3 slices of pancetta and 2 slices of bacon) in a large skillet over medium heat until almost crisp,





Sprinkle about 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon over the bacon and until the bacon is crisp. Remove bacon from skillet with a slotted spoon and reserve.   Remove all but one 1 teaspoon of the fat in the skillet.




In a medium sized bowl, whisk together 2 cups of whipping cream, 1-1/2 cups of freshly grated parmesan and 5 large egg yolks until thoroughly blended. 

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add 1 lb. of fettuccine or thick spaghetti and cook until al dente.





Pour the egg/cream mixture in to the skillet and warm over medium-low heat.




Add the fettuccine to the cream mixture and toss over medium-low heat until the sauce coats the pasta  (do not allow to boill).




Season the pasta, to taste, with salt and pepper. Transfer the pasta to a large wide serving bowl add thereserved bacon/pancetta. Sprinkle with chives and serve.



Let it snow!


40 comments:

A Year on the Grill said...

we were just talking about needing to make more Italian meals

keeping this recipe

buffalodick said...

That appealed to me immediately for two reasons: 1. It sounds delicious, and I am overstocked on good bacon. 2. It truly had never occurred to me to do a recipe like this!
High praise, from a tough critic like me!

Chef E said...

Ha, you had me at bacon! I often sneak it in to our sauce, since hubby does not like bacon, but what he does not know...

The Diva on a Diet said...

I think I've just died and gone to heaven - because surely heaven is filled with carbonara, right?! Katherine, this looks *outstanding*!!

Pam said...

Cinnamon? Really!

The Blonde Duck said...

Can I come over and eat this? Ben won't eat it. Pout.

The Japanese Redneck said...

Hum, cinnamon. Very interesting.

Looks good.

My Carolina Kitchen said...

I like the idea of cinnamon. My husband puts a pinch of cinnamon in his spaghetti sauce and he learned it from an Italian nannie. This is perfect for our nasty weather that's just arrived. Burr....stay warm.
Sam

Marjie said...

Any carbonara is good carbonara. I use whole eggs instead of just the yolks. And my boys just yell, like the dog on the commercial, "BACON, BACON, BACON, BACON, BACON!"

gigi said...

Oh my stars! Funny, my DIL bought the sweetheart a Snuggie for Christmas but I think he would rather have me make this dish! Yum!
Merry Christmas!

Melissa said...

I have bacon and asparagus carbonara inching its way toward the top of my "to make" list that I use to shop with each week. Can't. Wait. A definite favorite and yours looks *beautifully* creamy!!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Yum-Yum-Yum, Katherine.....

How's your weather? We've only had rain/freezing rain/sleet ALL day long. Yuk!!!!

Hugs,
Betsy

Sasha said...

Ooh yummy. Looks so creamy. Bacon and cinnamon sounds delicious together.
Good job : )

highlandsranchfoodie said...

Beautiful! And yes, I think Smoky Mountain Carbnara sounds just fine. Love Carbonara.

Donna-FFW said...

The cinnamon totally intrigues me. It looks so very delicious Katherine!

Claudia said...

Love Carbonara - bacon and eggs! Grand mean for the winter - it is like a snuggly dinner.

Pam said...

Can I come live with you? Please?

Selba said...

I'm so hungry now!!! Somoky mountain carbonara sounds so perfect :)

Marguerite said...

Mama Mia, Katherine! This recipe is absolutely scrumptious looking! Kudos, cher! Happy Weekend!

Lynda said...

Bacon, oh yes! The cinnamon surprised me, but I so want to try this!

5 Star Foodie said...

I love your Smoky Mountain Carbonara, sounds perfect with bacon & cinnamon!

pigpigscorner said...

Bacon and cinnamon yum! So cremy and cheesy...delicious!

Katy ~ said...

Carbonara is so doggone good. Gads. I am starving for this!!!

Fresh Local and Best said...

This is my favorite comfort food! I have always loving referred to this recipe as pasta with the goopy sauce. This looks like a stellar recipe!

Cathy said...

Oh my gosh, this looks wonderful. Carbonara is one of my favorite ways of preparing pasta. I'll be sure to add the dash of cinnamon next time.

Elra said...

Oh I love carbonara pasta, sadly I don't make it that often. Yours look so delicious.

Chris said...

Sigh, Carbonara is my favorite pasta EVER EVER EVER. I know you are supposed to cook the egg just with the heat of the hot pasta but I like your way better just because the other way creeps me out.

Nice touch with the cinnamon too. Never would have thought of that.

Sophie said...

I so love carbonara & it is easy yet so tasty too!

MMMMMMMMM,...normally i use soy cream because it has no cholesterol & the whole dish is more lighter!

girlichef said...

Whoa...cinnamon!? Sounds oddly delicious...I am definitely intrigued :)

Cinnamon-Girl Reeni♥ said...

That looks absolutely delicious Katherine! I love the cinnamon in it - makes a lot of sense - like putting nutmeg in bechamel.

Judy said...

Oh,my, this looks sinfully delicious. Bacon and cream and cheese -- I could die happy eating this dish.

burpandslurp said...

Creamy...bacony....uncooked eggs....pasta....ooh...sounds like heaven to me!

Joanne said...

This looks super creamy and delicious! I love that you added cinnamon to it. I've never heard of doing that before but its ingenious.

Debbie said...

Looks delicious and so different. Love the cinnamon touch!

Thistle Cove Farm said...

Goodness, this looks amazing! I'm printing this recipe and making real soon...probably when we've finished our pot of chickpea, kilbasa, turnip greens soup. Sounds dreadful, perhaps, but it's wonderful!
Merry Christmas
from Thistle Cove Farm.

MaryBeth said...

OMG YUMM-O....I will bring the pie if I can can come over for this fabulous dinner...

Natashya Kitchen Puppies said...

Oh my, I love carbonara - great dish!

Calm In The Kitchen said...

I was just thinking about carbonara...how did you know?

So good, and I think one of my favorite things.

John Roberts said...

We will definitely try this one. If it's got bacon in it, I'm there!

Jennifer said...

I was just on the phone with a friend tlaking about making a carbonara!! So funny. Love the addition of cinnamon