You’re not going to believe how quick this delicious dinner comes together! If you’ve never heard of carbonara, let me tell you all about it!
Pesto Spaghetti Carbonara:
- The creamy base for this pasta dish is made using eggs, parmesan cheese and basil pesto
- Cook the spaghetti until tender. Drain and pour directly into the egg mixture.
- The eggs are cooked with the residual heat of the spaghetti noodles, creating a creamy delicious sauce that coats each noodle.
Pesto is a powerful secret ingredient in this quick and flavorful dish. It’s packed with basil, garlic, pine nuts and olive oil. I always have a jar of pesto sauce in my fridge ready to add to things like pizza, lasagna or pasta!
I have a simple recipe for homemade pesto if you have a bunch of fresh basil that you need to use up, but the pre made jar stuff will work perfectly for this dish too!
While the pasta is cooking you’ll want to render about 4 slices of thick cut bacon. Once the bacon has browned toss in some frozen peas and cook until heated through. Toss in the coated pasta.
Swirl it around in the bacon grease with the peas and crispy bacon bits. It’s heavenly.
Top it with a little more parmesan, freshly cracked black pepper and serve it immediately.
You’re going to fall head over heels in love with this super easy pasta dish!
Originally published 5/2/2014. Updated photos 4/12/2018
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