Intro: Spaghetti Carbonara with peas counts as one of those romantic recipes for two that people look for when they're creating their Valentine's Day dinner menu. With plenty of delicious pasta, bacon, Parmesan cheese and peas, this pasta recipe hits the spot.
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Romantic Recipes for Two: Spaghetti Carbonara with Peas
Spaghetti Carbonara with peas is a delish pasta recipe for two that I discovered when I worked at the Boise Olive Garden. As I was thinking about romantic recipes for two that I could recommend for Valentine's Day dinner for this year, this dish came up. It takes on the smokey flavor of the bacon, has tons of cheese and green peas to give it color. Serve it with white wine.
- 1/2 lb dry spaghetti
- 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 2-oz slab bacon, cubed or cut into strips
- 2 cloves of garlic, chopped up finely
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 c. freshly grated Parmesan-Romano cheese for cooking
- 1/2 c. sliced mushrooms
- Black pepper, freshly ground
- Chopped green onions
- Grated Parmesan
Instructions for the Spaghetti Carbonara With Peas for Two:
- Set a pot of salt water to boil, adding in the spaghetti once the boiling starts. Cook it for 8 to 10 minutes. It should be firm when you take it from the stove. At the last minute, add in the peas to heat them up.
- Drain the pasta and the peas in a strainer.
- Get a deep skillet and heat up the olive oil on medium. Add the bacon and sauté it for 3 minutes, until it becomes crispy and there's fat at the bottom of the pan. (The flavor of Spaghetti Carbonara with peas relies on the bacon fat for flavoring, so don't dump it.)
- Saute the garlic and the mushrooms in the bacon fat for 1 minute to soften the garlic.
- Add the cooked, drained spaghetti to the pan and toss the pasta for a couple of minutes so that it gets coated in the bacon fat.
- In a separate bowl, beat the eggs and Parmesan cheese together for this recipe for two. Make sure you don't have any lumps.
- Take the pan off the heat and pour the cheese and egg mixture into the pasta. You'll whisk this until the egg thickens, but you don't want to end up with scrambled eggs. Turn off the heat to prevent this.
- Season the pasta with salt and pepper.
- Serve the this romantic recipe for two in two fancy bowls. Use a Valentine's Day motif such as red bowls or napkins with hearts.
- Garnish with the chopped onions, fresh parsley and the extra grated cheese.
- Cook the sauce while the spaghetti for two is boiling. That way, you'll be able to serve the dish piping hot. The heat from the pasta will cook the eggs in the sauce.
- Save the pasta water. If the Spaghetti Carbonara sauce becomes too thick when you cook it, you can add the pasta water to thin it out some.