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Bacon + Shrimp FTW: Shrimp Carbonara

June 30, 2012

So as I’ve mentioned before, I love seafood. Bonus: it is so readily available! I always have bag or two of frozen shrimp hanging around in the freezer. It cooks so quickly that you can have a meal ready in minutes. Take this carbonara recipe, it’s a cinch to whip up – in no time at all you’ve got three of my favorite things: bacon, shrimp and pasta! What could be better?

 

Ingredients

Shrimp Carbonara Ingredients

Shrimp Carbonara Ingredients

  • 2 servings thin spaghetti (traditionally) or your favorite shape, I chose farfalle (bowties)
  • 4 slices bacon, drippings reserved
  • 1/2 pound shrimp (peeled and deveined)
  • 3 clovse garlic grated in microplane
  • 2 Shallots finely chopped
  • ¼ cup frozen peas
  • white pepper to taste
  • 1 egg yolk
  • ½ cup pasta water
  • 1/4 cup grated hard cheese, I used Asiago

Boil your pasta according to the package directions. Save ½ cup of the pasta water.

 

Fry Bacon!

Fry Bacon!

Meanwhile fry your bacon, drain on paper towels, reserve drippings in pan.

 

Thaw frozen shrimp by running them under cold water in a colander. Remove the tail and devein your shrimp.

Saute Shrimp with Shallot and Garlic, Add Peas

Sauté Shrimp with Shallot and Garlic, Add Peas

 

Add your shrimp to your pan, sauté over medium high. Add garlic and shallots. When shrimp are done add your frozen peas.  Leave the pan on the heat but turn off the burner.

 

Mix a quarter cup of the pasta water with the egg yolk. Add your drained spaghetti to your sauté pan, pour yolk-water mixture over top and toss with tongs.  Add more pasta water as needed to break

up any clumps. Add cheese and serve. (optional, add bacon crumbles as totally tasty garnish, or just eat the bacon in secret so you don’t have to share)

 

Tah-dah: Super easy date night meal, sure to impress. Pair it with a green salad and nice white wine and there you go!

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