Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Shrimp Carbonara

Since Carlos is not around I hardly cook anything elaborate. My lunch and dinner is just something quick and simple that I can whip up in no time. I like to have pasta in light creamy sauce rather than the red sauce. This carbonara sauce comes together easily and you can play around with the ingredients you have in hand. You can check out one of the version here and for this pasta dish I added some fresh shrimps and some lemon zest to it. The pasta turns out light and tasty and the succulent shrimps with a hint of fresh lemon works really well in the carbonara sauce.


Enough spaghetti for 2 serving
2 slices bacon – cut into small pieces
1/4 pound shrimp - peeled and deveined
1 clove garlic - chopped
1 tsp grated lemon zest
pepper to taste
1 whole egg + 1 yolk
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
some chopped spring onions

1. Bring a pot of salted water to boil. Start cooking the pasta until al-dente. Mix the eggs, lemon zest and parmesan cheese together and set it aside.
2. Fry the bacon without oil until golden brown. Remove and drain the oil on paper towel. Removed all the bacon grease from the pan. Add in 1 tbsp of olive oil and sauté the garlic and shrimps until just cooked. Add the bacon back into the pan. Add in some pepper.
3. Drain the cooked pasta and reserve some of the pasta water. Add the pasta into the pan and toss. Remove the pan from the heat and add in the egg mixture. Toss to coat the pasta with the egg mixture.
4. Add a bit of the pasta water and continue to toss well. Taste for seasonings and add in a bit of salt if needed. Sprinkle in the green onions and serve immediately.


Unknown said...

So simple and so super good!

Elin said...

Gert...this is my kind of pasta that I don't mind eating everyday. Just look at the shrimps...mmmm yummy and the delicious bacon strips....I shall try this out for sure...simple yet delicious.

Cuisine Paradise said...

Cool! Shrimp Carbonara sounds good for a quick lunch for us during school holiday brunch :p

Linda said...

I love this kind of simple lunch! I always cook it but for myself because kids prefer very cheesy type! Will try to add in bacon, never try before. Must be yum yum! :) thanks

Anonymous said...

what did u mean by 1 egg yolk + 1 yolk? so 2 yolks?

Eileen@Hundred Eighty Degrees said...

Simple and delicious..

ann low said...

Gert, Thanks for sharing this easy pasta. I also like to whip up simple meal like yours. Looks so delicious!

Jeannie said...

I love simple recipe like this, makes life so much easier:D

My Little Space said...

Yours look really flavourful with extra touch of prawns. I think I will have to double up my portion. haha....
Have a lovely day. Frankly, I hate moving. I've been doing it a number of times for the past 20 years. I told hubby "No more!". I'm really tired. But sometimes you just have no choice huh.
Take care & remember to mail me your new address. :o)

mycookinghut said...

Very nice shrimp carbonara, I can eat this anytime. :)

ICook4Fun said...

Jennifurla, thank you.

Elin, hope you like this.

Ellena, yea you can prepare this really quick.

Linda, me too :)

Anon, it should be 1 egg. I already make changes to the ingredients side.

Eileen, yeap.

Ann, thank you.

Jeannie, yea the easier the better :)

Kristy, this will be the 2nd time we are moving cross country. It is hard work. I will email you the new address in January. For now it will still be the old one :)

Leemei, thank you.