I found this recipe about a week ago (sorry I cannot remember where but I think it was an Emeril recipe), when looking for something to do with the ingredients I had on hand. I quick jotted it down, and went to work preparing it with what I had on hand. It is really good, and I wound up giving a bowl to a neighbor friend who wanted the recipe on the spot. Very good Spaghetti Carbonara recipe! Oh, and it totally goes with my frugal meals!
1/2 lb. bacon, chopped (you can also use ham instead)
1 Tbs. garlic, chopped
1 lb. spaghetti noodles, cooked and drained
4 large eggs, beaten
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 c. grated parmesan cheese
In a large sauce pan, cook the bacon over medium heat until its crispy (approximately 5-7 minutes). Remove the bacon and drain it on paper towels. Reserve three tablespoons of bacon grease and discard the rest. Leave the 3 Tbs. of bacon grease in the sauce pan and add the garlic. Season the garlic with black pepper (I had never done this before and it was AWESOME!). Saute for about 30 seconds. Add the bacon back to the garlic and pepper and add the noodles. Saute for about 1 minute or so. In a large bowl, crack the eggs and beat them. Add salt to the eggs and beat again. Remove the pan with the spaghetti from the heat and add the eggs, whisking quickly until the eggs thicken, but careful not to scramble them (I almost did). Add the cheese and re-season with salt and pepper, to taste. Serve. This was so good and I didn’t modify the original recipe like I normally do (mostly because I had never made it before, but also because it is AWESOME as is!)