TOMATO BACON CARBONARA — Classic pasta Carbonara with bacon is given a delicious, colorful twist with the addition of fresh sauteed cherry tomatoes.
It’s that time of year when I have an abundance of tomatoes coming from my garden, and this Tomato Bacon Carbonara was the perfect way to use up all those fresh tomatoes!
If you’ve ever had Carbonara, you know it’s one of the easiest, most delicious ways to prepare pasta. And since it’s such a basic dish, it’s also easy to add things like fresh tomatoes for a tasty twist on a classic Italian dish.
It’s one of my very favorite pasta sauces, and always a hit with my family! I can’t say everyone loves tomatoes at my house though. But they just eat the noodles and leave the tomatoes for me!
If you’d like your dish to have even more of an Italian flair, you can use prosciutto or pancetta in place of the bacon.
Bacon is usually what I have on hand though, so that’s what I always use in this dish.
Using a variety of cherry tomatoes certainly makes this dish look pretty, but it isn’t necessary. Using one variety will work just fine.
And yes, you add raw egg yolks to this dish, but don’t worry. The heat of the pan and the hot pasta water will cook them. In fact, it’s the egg yolks that create the rich, creamy sauce.
Whatever you do, this quick and easy pasta dinner is sure to be a hit, and such a delicious way to use up those fresh, in-season tomatoes.
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Tomato Bacon Carbonara
Classic pasta Carbonara with bacon is given a delicious, colorful twist with the addition of fresh sauteed cherry tomatoes.
- 12 ounces dried fettuccine or linguine
- 6 slices bacon
- 2 cups cherry tomatoes
- 1 shallot, thinly sliced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 3 egg yolks, beaten
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
- Cook pasta in salted water according to package directions. Drain, reserving 1 1/2 cups cooking water.
- While pasta cooks, cook bacon in a large skillet over medium-high until crisp. Transfer bacon to a plate lined with paper towels to drain; reserve 2 tablespoons drippings in skillet. Chop or crumble bacon.
- Add tomatoes to skillet, and cook, stirring often, until just softened, 3-4 minutes. Add shallots and garlic. Continue to cook, stirring often, for an additional 3 to 4 minutes.
- Add 1 cup of the reserved cooking water and bring to boil. Remove from heat and stir in cooked pasta. Quickly stir in beaten egg yolks until everything is thoroughly combined.Return skillet to medium-low heat and cook, stirring constantly, until sauce is slightly thickened and creamy, 2 to 3 minutes.
- Remove from heat and stir in bacon, and Parmesan cheese and cook until melted and smooth. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
- Stir in chives and parsley, adding remaining 1/2 cup cooking water if necessary to reach desired consistency. Garnish with additional Parmesan cheese before serving, if desired.
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