Monday, March 7, 2011

Carbs anyone?

Hi, my name is Bonnie and I am a carboholic...

I can't seem to get enough of them these days...well carbs and cheese...Not sure what the scoop is, I figure my body must know to some degree what it needs.  I try to balance the carbs and cheese with as many vegetables and I can cram into the carb-fest...sometimes I am more successful than others.

Here is a great pasta recipe--you can substitute any kind of pasta (spaghetti, fusilli, fettuccine, you get the idea.)  You can also  substitute just about any vegetable or meat is our favourite combo...

Pasta Carbonara (enough for 3-4 people, plus leftovers)

3-4 egg yolks
1 cup parm (fresh grated or a good quality powdered)
1/2 cup or so of cream
Mix all together and set aside.  (you want the finished amount  to be about 1 1/2 cups of sauce...add more cream and/or parm until you get there)

Half  900 g bag pasta (penne is our fave)
2-3 thinly sliced sausages (you already know I use Oktoberfest...but any kind-fresh or leftover- will do)
1/2 head broccoli cut into bitesize peices
1 med onion sliced
5-6 mushrooms quartered
1/2 red pepper chopped
1/3 jar sun dried tomatoes

While heating water and cooking pasta, saute sausage until golden brown.  Add onion and cook until translucent.  Add other veg and cook until done.  Add lots of cracked pepper and sun dried tomatoes. Take off heat.  Drain pasta (reserving about 1/2 cup of cooking water) and pour pasta over veg/sausage mix.  Pour sauce over and add pasta water.  Mix thoroughly and keep mixing about 1 min or so, giving time for the sauce to thicken slightly and coat the pasta.

Top with chile peppers and/or parmesan cheese. Enjoy!!

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