This spring spaghetti carbonara is a lighter and more colorful take on the traditional Italian pasta dish, and it’s incredibly easy and quick to make! Timing is important with this recipe, so make sure to bring your eggs to room temperature before you start to ensure the proper consistency.
- 3 slices bacon, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
- 1/2 pound English peas, shelled (about 1 cup) or 1/2 cup frozen peas
- 1 pound spaghetti
- 4 ounces asparagus, sliced diagonally 1/8-inch thick (1 cup)
- 10 fresh basil leaves, sliced thin
- 5 eggs, whisked, at room temperature
- 2 tablespoons whole milk
- 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus extra for garnish (2 ounces)
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Step 1: Cook the bacon in a pan over medium heat until crispy, about 5 minutes total. Transfer the cooked bacon to a paper towel, and set aside. Return the pan with all the bacon drippings to the stovetop for future use.
Step 2: Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add peas to the boiling water, and cook for 5 minutes. Transfer the peas to a strainer. Add the pasta to the boiling water, and cook for 10 minutes or until al dente.
Step 3: While the pasta cooks, heat the bacon fat in the previously used pan over medium heat. Add the peas and asparagus, and sauté for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in the basil, and then set aside.
Step 4: In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs and milk. Set aside with the vegetables and bacon, and be ready to toss with very hot pasta.
Step 5: Quickly drain the pasta and transfer immediately to a large serving bowl. Pour the egg mixture and cheese on top of the pasta, and toss vigorously to coat the strands and gently cook the eggs (forming a creamy sauce). Add the vegetables and bacon, and continue tossing to mix throughout. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Step 6: Portion the spaghetti on plates, and ladle any sauce left in the bowl over each serving. Top with additional grated cheese if you like.
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