Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Easy Carbonara

The original recipe is called "Quick and Easy Carbonara" by Ina A. Ledesma, from the Assumption Cookbook.

Updated Nov. 26: I'm not sure why but for some strange reason when Mike tried to replicate this recipe it came out a lot more watery! I think it's because he used a different brand of cream of mushroom soup--I suppose that's the difficulty that comes with relying on instant ingredients. Anyway, I've made some adjustments below.

250g bacon
1/2 cup olive oil
2 onions, chopped
1 can cream of mushroom soup plus 1/4 to 1/2 can water
1/2 small tetra-brick of all-purpose dream
1 half can button mushroom, sliced
500 grams spaghetti noodles
salt and pepper to taste

1. Cut the bacon into strips and fry. Set aside.
2. Begin boiling water for the pasta (about 4 liters of water for 500 grams of pasta). When water is at a rolling boll throw in salt and drop in pasta. Bring back to a rolling boil.
3. Saute onions in olive oil. Add the cream of mushroom soup and water. Add more or less water depending on how thick you want the sauce. Cook until blended. Add the cooked bacon and mushrooms. Simmer for around 2 minutes. Add cream little by little, stirring constantly. Add salt and pepper to taste. Simmer awhile to thicken.
4. When pasta is cooked al dente, drain, then add pasta to the sauce.

Serves 3.

Total cooking and preparation time: 30 minutes

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