For One: Carbonara

 

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There are few things that make me want to cook less than Josh not being home and knowing that I’ll be doing all of the cooking just for myself . This has been made even worse by living in New York and always having the ability to have various types of food delivered to my door in less time than it normally takes me to cook much of anything. Also, no dishes to hand wash if I go the ordering route.

Never underestimate the power of laziness.

However, I really don’t like to see how much that cost adds up. $10 here, $15 there… no thanks.

The challenge is finding meals that will take less than half an hour, and preferably be made with ingredients that I always have around. Armed with the knowledge that Josh will start traveling a few days a month very soon, I started experimenting the other night, and had my first success!

I set the pot of water for the pasta on the stove as soon as I walked in the door, then made it back into the kitchen in comfy clothes a few minutes later, had everything prepped by the time the water started boiling, and about 10 minutes later? Creamy, carby, salty meal for one.

Perfect.

Carbonara 

  • 4 oz linguine
  • 2 slices of bacon, chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 c. freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 1 handful of frozen peas (optional)

Start by boiling a large pot of salted water.

In a medium sized mixing bowl, whisk together the egg, cheese, and a lot of freshly ground black pepper. Set aside.

Once the water is boiling, add the noodles. Set your timer according to the package directions.

While the pasta is cooking, place a medium frying pan over medium high heat, and cook your bacon until the fat has rendered and it’s nice and crispy. Add your peas and toss around for about a minute. If your pasta isn’t quite ready, turn the heat to low.

When the pasta is al dente, set aside about 1 cup of pasta water, then drain your pasta.

Add the hot, drained pasta to the bacon and peas, and toss quickly to coat in bacon fat. Then immediately add the pasta/bacon/peas mixture to the mixing bowl with your egg/cheese/pepper and toss well. Add splashes of the hot pasta water until the pasta is creamy and glossy.

Serve, and enjoy eating every bite yourself.

Don’t think about the dishes.

 

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