Monday, October 06, 2008

Easy Carbonara

I was getting tired of the tomato based sauces that I usually cooked, and besides, I didn't have any tomatoes on hand.

Easy carbonara
1 serve pasta, see cooking instructions below
1 egg yolk
1 tbsp butter
4 tbsp milk
1 broccoli stem, sliced thin on the oblique
salt and pepper

1. Cook pasta according to package instructions but remove from heat 2 min before recommende preparation time.

2. While pasta is cooking off the boil, heat butter in saucepan and stir-fry broccoli stems.

3. Set heat to low. Add milk, then salt and pepper to taste.

4. Drain pasta and add to pan. Add yolk and mix until sauce is thickened. Serve hot.

Waitaminit... what am I going to do with the egg white, you ask? That's another recipe... so freeze it until you're ready to use it again.

Cost breakdown
Total cost: RM2.80
Pasta RM1
Milk RM0.50
Egg RM0.30
Broccoli RM1


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Agagooga said...

How can this be Carbonara without bacon?!

Also you shouldn't heat the sauce directly. I tried that once and I got weird coagulations. Using hot pasta to cook the sauce much more easily.

My slightly harder but much tastier carbonara:

Dice 1 onion
Slice 100g streaky bacon into small slices (lardons are the best)
Fry bacon till enough oil melts, remove
Fry onions in bacon fat till brown and sweet (you probably have to add some more olive oil)
Add bacon back

Crack egg
Spoon in 40-50g of cream
Leave aside

Boil pasta
Toss egg-cream with pasta
Add in bacon-onion mix

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