Portobello and Leek Carbonara
4 slices thick-cut bacon, chopped (My picture doesn’t really show the kind of bacon I believe the recipe is calling for, but where I live I have to make due with what I can find)
2 leeks, trimmed, cleaned and patted dry
12 ounces portobello mushrooms, quartered
1 clove of garlic-minced
1 pound whole wheat linguine
2 large eggs
3/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
Steps to Deliciousness:
- Bring water for pasta to a boil.
- Heat a large skillet oven medium heat and add the bacon. Cook until fat is rendered and bacon is crispy – about 8-10 minutes. Remove from pan and place on a paper towel to drain. Reduce heat on the pan to low.
- Add in leeks and garlic with a pinch of salt and saute for about 2 minutes then toss mushrooms on top. Stir everything together to coat, then let cook until ingredients are soft – about 5 minutes more. At this time, throw the pasta in the water to cook – it is really important that the pasta is hot when you complete the mixing step that follows. While the pasta is cooking, mix eggs and cheese together in a large bowl. The mixture will be very thick.
- As soon as pasta is finished (reserve 1/2-3/4 cup liquid) and drain pasta then immediately throw into the skillet with the leeks and mushrooms. Toss until everything is combined. With a large spoon in one hand, add the egg mixture right on top and immediately begin stirring the pasta together. I stirred for about 2 minutes or so. At this time if desired, add the pasta water to the skillet to make things a bit more creamy and saucy. Toss in bacon. Serve immediately with extra cheese!
- We were so excited to try it, I forgot to take an after picture.
- This dish would go great with a rich bodied chardonnay, yumm yummmm yummmmm!
I made this for Jake and was a little hesitant on how he would feel about it- obviously he would love the bacon but leeks and portobellos?!?! yikes- anyway I was shocked when he said it was one of the best things he’d ever tasted!!! Honestly he loved it- he said the flavors complimented each other so well and were deliciously complex. I obviously couldn’t be happier that I am turning my guy into a little foodie yet!
Are any of you more of the foodie/ complex palate/ food obsessed in your relationship? How have you gotten you’re significant other to branch out and try new flavors? Please share your stories with me !!