Kitchen Sink Carbonara

Nights when I'm home alone for dinner, I get creative. Sometimes it turns out just O.K. and sometimes it turns out wonderful. This was one of those wonderful times.

I love Carbonara. Its probably my favorite pasta dish - but its pretty high in fat / cholesterol so I never make it. But one night, just looking through the refrigerator and cupboards to find something I could make for myself with out going to the store I put together the recipe below - which turns out to be an amazing substitute. I'd say the recipe is for 2 - because I ate it for dinner and took leftovers to work for lunch the next day. But I could have eaten it all in one sitting.

Kitchen Sink Carbonara
Servings: 2

about 1/3 box of pasta (I always have tons of boxes of pasta that aren't quiet enough for me and the hubby - but its perfect for just me!)
1 cup Artichoke Jalapeno Dip (other dips would probably work here - but its what I used.)
1 clove garlic, chopped
2 sprigs of green onion, chopped
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon butter
3 pieces of turkey bacon
1 cup cheese, grated (I used a pre-grated blend... but again, I'm sure anything would work.)

Cook pasta according to package. While the pasta is cooking bake the turkey bacon in the oven at 375 degrees for about 8 minutes. Let the bacon cool a bit - then chop it up into small pieces.

Drain the pasta. While the pasta is draining, add the butter, garlic, green onion and red pepper flakes to the same pot you cooked the pasta in. Heat until fragrant. Add the dip and cheese and then add the pasta and stir. Turn off the heat and add the bacon pieces.

Then its time to eat! This was super easy - and I'm looking forward to sharing it with my husband. See if he'll enjoy it as much as I did.

Ellen Martin

I'm a west-coast mama of two little ones, 15 months apart. This is our family story with reviews and recommendations along the way. Thanks for joining our journey.

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