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Carrot and Bacon Carbonara

Well hello there! It has been so long since I posted that it took me three tries to remember my password for my website! Between having my second baby, going back to work, and then this COVID-19 pandemic, I’ve just forgotten about this poor blog. I’m still cooking and I often share my cooking on my Instagram stories, but I just haven’t had time to perfect and post any recipes.

However…..I made this recipe and shared it on my Instagram stories the other day and received so many comments on it. Further, my husband declared that “this was the best pasta ever, better than in any restaurant”, so of course I have to document the recipe so that I can add it into my repertoire.

Another reason why I love this recipe is that I usually have all of these ingredients on hand! I mean, in today’s pandemic, I do not like going to the grocery store unless I absolutely have to.

Tip #1 : For the bacon, buy a maple smoked bacon or maple glazed bacon. That maple flavour is key to pairing with the carrots. Any type of bacon will do, but the maple will take it to the next level.

Tip #2: As always, buy a brick of Parmesan and grate it yourself!

Tip #3: Don’t skip out on the arugula garnish. The peppery taste of the arugula, paired with the maple smokiness of the bacon, and the creamy sauce is what makes each mouthful of this pasta so decadent.

Give this recipe a try and let me know what you think!

Carrot and Bacon Carbonara

Print Recipe
Serves: 4 Cooking Time: 30 mins

Ingredients

  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 6 slices of bacon, diced
  • 1 small (or 1/2 large) yellow onion, finely diced
  • 3 carrots, peeled and finely diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tbs whipping cream
  • 1 package of dried spaghetti
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan, plus more for garnish
  • Handful of arugula leaves
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

1

Heat a large frying pan over medium heat. Add oil and bacon. Cook, stirring frequently until almost crisp, about 5 mins. Add onions, carrots and garlic, and sprinkle with salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes. Stir in the 2 tbsp of cream and remove from heat.

2

Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook your spaghetti according to the package instructions. When it is done, using tongs, remove pasta from the water and add it to the carrot/bacon mixture in the pan.

3

Take 1/3 cup of the pasta water and set aside for it to cool a bit.

4

In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, 1/2 cup parm and 1/2 tsp of black pepper. Whisk in the 1/3 cup of pasta water. Add the sauce into the pasta mixture and toss it over low heat for a minute or two, until the sauce is creamy and coats the pasta. Remove from heat and season with more salt and pepper.

5

Garnish with a handful of arugula and some more parmesan and enjoy immediately!

Canadian Recipes/ Featured

Chicken Avocado Bacon Salad

Chicken Avocado Bacon Salad

Hey everyone! So I’m just over a month postpartum with my second child and we are just starting to get into a routine. The past four weeks has just been filled with cuddles, feeding and just relaxing and recovering.

I am determined to start eating healthier. I was not healthy at all during this second pregnancy. I was too sick during the first trimester and too tired after that to exercise. And my diet was just atrocious – my intense craving for chocolate had me foraging all over my workplace for chocolate since I tried not to keep any in my office to tempt myself.

This is our last baby so I am anxious to start getting my ‘permanent’ body back. However, I am not going to rush the exercise as I need to fully recover from my C section for at least 6 weeks, and I just want to enjoy every lazy moment of cuddling on the couch and binge watching Netflix. (I have 15 seasons of Grey’s Anatomy to watch from the very beginning!) So, as a starting point, I’m going to start eating healthier. Keep in mind, this is not a diet – I need to eat healthy and I need to eat a lot because I am breastfeeding and breastfeeding burns up to an extra 500 calories a day. But I can cut out processed and junk food, sweets, and eat more fruits and vegetables.

Surprisingly, my husband is also onboard with eating healthier with me. He’s typically a meat and potatoes kind of guy, and he wants every meal to contain meat and starch. He is naturally athletic and fit though, and has a very physically demanding career, so he is always in shape despite eating and drinking whatever he wants. However, he has hit a plateau and wants to make some improvements in his fitness and he knows that a change in diet is the key.

So, although we will still have to make pasta dishes for our picky toddler, the two of us can start eating more salads. This chicken avocado bacon salad was my first attempt at making a meal-sized salad that is healthy and that would fill us up. The chicken, bacon and eggs provided loads of protein. Obviously, if you want it even healthier, you can eliminate the bacon or use turkey bacon instead. I would keep the bacon though – it really added amazing flavour when paired with the creamy avocado.

If you have extra time and want additional freshness, you can just dress the salad with equal parts freshly squeezed lemon juice and olive oil, seasoned with salt and pepper. I just used store bought Italian dressing and it tasted amazing.

This was a huge hit with the husband so it looks like it’s on the weekly menu at least once a week!

Chicken Avocado Bacon Salad

Print Recipe
Serves: 2-3

Ingredients

  • 2 large cooked chicken breasts, chopped
  • 2 large avocados
  • 1 cup cooked corn (frozen, canned, or from a cob)
  • 5 slices of cooked bacon, chopped
  • 3 hard boiled eggs, quartered
  • 1/4 chives or green onions, chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh dill, chopped
  • one head of Romaine lettuce, chopped
  • Dressing:
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • OR
  • Italian salad dressing

Instructions

1

Season and bake the chicken breasts, fry up the bacon, and boil the eggs.

2

Chop everything up and toss into a salad bowl.

3

Add dressing and enjoy!