“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” ~ Lao Tzu
There was a time when moving was the routine reality of my life. I was born the daughter of a sailor who retired from the US Navy when I was twelve. At 19, I joined the US Army and later married an incredibly handsome soldier who spent 9 more years in the Army after we were married. I’ve lived all over and when we finally put down roots more than 20 years ago I thought we were finally home … but life.
Here I am at 50 years old just moved into a new home in a new city. As I stood in the driveway of a house that I’m hoping like hell will be a home, I realized that apart from my husband I don’t know a single soul here. It was the loneliest feeling. Thank goodness it wasn’t the only feeling. It is exciting to be shaken awake with the idea of new things, a new chance, and a new way. My sleepy life had just received a significant shift and a substantial part of me was so ready for it. The future for the first time in a long time doesn’t feel predictable but rather full of possibility.
I’m looking forward with an open mind and a tad of trepidation. In all of this change it is nice to be back at this little blog of mine. I realized once again how much I enjoy connecting with you all and sharing a little portion of my day and of my life. This dish, my comeback dish, is the simplest little dish you can make. I love it because it takes the everyday ingredients and uses them in a surprising way. Surprising if you’re not Italian that is! Bacon and eggs to most southerners are for breakfast or breakfast for dinner. This dish combines them with pasta and Parmesan cheese for a comforting yet stylish dinner. It kind of reminds me of this new venture I’m on where what was old is new again. I hope you enjoy.
This recipe I found at a beautiful blog that I’m sure I’ll look to for inspiration again and again.
* Recipe Source ~ Golden Brown and Delicious
**Since publishing this post, I have learned that Spaghetti Carbonara is named for the pepper in the dish since it looked like specks of coal would fall from the miners’ clothing. I made this without pepper which I’ve been told is a sin. Please forgive the omission and by all means crack some fresh black pepper into the dish at the end. I know I will from now on.
Ingredients (Serves 2)
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
6-8 slices bacon, chopped
1/2 pound spaghetti
1 clove garlic, minced
Fresh cracked black pepper
Chopped parsley, for garnish (optional)
Salt, if needed
In a small bowl, beat the eggs thoroughly, and then add Parmesan cheese and mix until well-combined.
Cook pasta according to package directions.
Cook the bacon in a large pan over medium heat until crispy. In the last minute or two of cooking, add the garlic and cook for two minutes or until light golden brown.
Drain the pasta, reserving about a cup of the cooking liquid. Add the hot pasta to the skillet with the bacon and toss making sure the pasta is thoroughly coated. Turn off the heat.
Add the egg mixture to the pasta and toss to coat. Add enough pasta water to the pasta to create a smooth creamy yet thick sauce. It is best to add by spoonfuls to avoid thinning out the sauce too much.
Taste to see if any salt is needed.
Top with parsley, if desired, and serve.
- 2 eggs beaten
- 1 cup Parmesan cheese grated
- 6-8 slices bacon chopped
- 1/2 pound spaghetti
- 1 clove garlic minced
- Fresh cracked black pepper
- Chopped parsley for garnish (optional)
- Salt if needed
- In a small bowl, beat the eggs thoroughly, and then add Parmesan cheese and mix until well-combined.
- Cook pasta according to package directions.
- Cook the bacon in a large pan over medium heat until crispy. In the last minute or two of cooking, add the garlic and cook for two minutes or until light golden brown.
- Drain the pasta, reserving about a cup of the cooking liquid. Add the hot pasta to the skillet with the bacon and toss making sure the pasta is thoroughly coated. Turn off the heat.
- Add the egg mixture to the pasta and toss to coat. Add enough pasta water to the pasta to create a smooth creamy yet thick sauce. It is best to add by spoonfuls to avoid thinning out the sauce to much.
- Taste to see if any salt is needed.
- Top with parsley, if desired, and serve.
Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary says
Welcome home… in two different manners… back to your blog (I have missed you so!) And into your new, actual home! I understand the fear correlated with a new place, since I just moved to a new state myself, but I also have come to know you through this blog. I have the utmost confidence you will feel welcomed by all and comfortable there before you know it.. you are one of the kindest bloggers around, so who wouldn’t want you as their neighbor?? This dish is perfection for a comeback! It’s comforting, delicious and unsuspectingly humble and simple. It’s everything one craves when they need to feel all warm and fuzzy! I am definitely going to be making this in my new kitchen, and I’ll be cheers-ing to you as I stuff my face with this scrumptious pasta!! ♡ Cheers, my friend- to shiny new beginings!
Cheyanne! Thank you so much! Your kind words mean so much to me. I’m getting adjusted and doing serious work on the house. I haven’t met any neighbors yet, but I love our new neighborhood and can’t wait to meet some new people. I see you’re in NC now. That’s one of my favorite states and has the coolest vibe. My husband and I met there and my daughter was born there. 🙂 I’m glad you’re enjoying it; there are so many beautiful things there! Raising my glass to new beginnings!!! XOXOXO
karrie @ Tasty Ever After says
Love pasta carbonara! Bacon, pasta, and cheese is the best 🙂 Congrats on your move, new house, and making wonderful new memories!!
Thank you, Karrie!!! And that Shrimp Diane … Oh my goodness!
Thao @ In Good Flavor says
I wish you all the best with your new city and new home! This pasta dish is divine, so simple, yet so pleasing. I love carbonara, but I never knew the meaning of the dish. Thanks for enlightening me.
Thank you so much for the good wishes! I enjoyed learning about the carbonara too. These simple dishes are often my favorites. 🙂