Pasta Carbonara

 

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Summer is about taking it easy.  This pasta carbonara lets you do just that!

This carbonara sauce has been lightened, but with both chicken and bacon, it has an abundance of flavor!

This simple pasta dish will become a new family favorite!

Pasta Carbonara

I thought summer was supposed to be like the life of Riley-easy.  Why on earth is our summer so difficult?  It’s been non-stop since the end of school and frankly, I hate it.  I’m a home body that likes routine.   Not this ever changing, quick-paced summer our family is  presently experiencing.  I can hardly keep our calendar straight, there are  too many things to juggle.  I need order back in my life because I’m feeling crazed.  Between  daily swim practices, several baseball games a week, gymnastic practices, swim meets, summer camps, church groups and social activities, I’m struggling to keep organized.    I loathe being unorganized.
Pasta Carbonara
I admit, we did this to ourselves.  In our effort to expose our kids to many different experiences, we’ve managed to over schedule our time.  I’m torn between wanting our kids to try everything to being worried that we aren’t allowing them to just be kids.  I fear that we have gotten our children so accustomed to an over active lifestyle and should they find themselves with nothing do, would  they know how to spend that time creatively and constructively?
When I was young, I spent my summers doing a whole lot of nothing much.  I’d wake up, lounge in my pajamas for several hours, watch tv, then go out and play until dark.  I’d go to the pool if I got an invitation.  Never set foot in any sort of camp (if they even existed back then).  Sports and activities weren’t on the agenda either.  If they weren’t done during the school year, then they weren’t done at all.  By mid August I had played all I could play and was officially bored and therefore ready to go back to school.  It was a simple schedule for a simpler time.
Pasta Carbonara
Thankfully, most of our activities come to an end by mid July.   And when they do come to an end, I’m going to insist that we all lounge in our pajamas until noon at which point we will jump into our bathing suits so we can have a lazy pool-side  afternoon.   We will play tag and hide and seek outside until the sun goes down.  When it finally gets dark, we will have a campfire, search for the Big Dipper and catch fireflies.  Then the next day the cycle will start all over.  And if I’ve done my job correctly, by mid August our kids will promptly announce that they are bored and  I will be happy.
Our schedule is too crazy for fancy, complicated dinners.  This pasta carbonara fits perfectly into our current routine.  It comes together quickly as you can cook the chicken while the pasta comes to a boil.   I love that despite the ease of this dish, the flavor is not compromised.   I used Egg Beaters to keep the sauce light, and although I used regular bacon to crumble on top, you could use turkey bacon or omit it all together.    This pasta carbonara is an easy, quick, light dish for any schedule-busy or not!
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Pasta Carbonara
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 lb chicken tenders, cut into chunks
  • 4 strips bacon
  • 1-4oz container Eggbeaters
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup sun dried tomatoes in oil, chopped
  • 1 lb spaghetti
  • 1 cup peas
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese
  • Salt, pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup Italian leaf parsley, chopped
Instructions
  1. Prepare pasta according to package directions; add peas during the last 5 minutes of cooking time.
  2. Meanwhile cook bacon until crisp. Remove to a paper towel to drain. Remove all but one tablespoon of bacon grease. Cook chicken until browned and no longer pink, about 5-8 minutes. Remove and set aside.
  3. In a small bowl whisk together Eggbeaters and milk to combine. When pasta is ready drain, and return pot to stovetop. Stir in sun dried tomatoes, chicken, egg mixture and Parmesan cheese. Stir a minute or two or until mixture begins to thicken. Pour onto your serving dish. Chop reserved bacon and sprinkle over pasta along with parsley

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38 Responses

  1. OMG. I feel exactly the same way!! I am HATING summer!! Which makes me so sad, because I waited so long for it to be here!!! Can I come live at your house? . . . at the end of July? This looks delicious Tanya!! Pinning!

    • This summer is for the birds! I need us to be lazier! And yes, I’ll expect you at the end of July!

  2. This is a unique twist to the original carbonara recipe! If I tried to do something different my kids and hubby would bang me over the head for sure! Looks delicious!

    • Nancy, they just might like the change! Our family enjoyed it, but I know what you mean. When you have a good recipe it’s hard to try something different.

  3. I’ve made a carbonara pasta exactly once, and I enjoyed it. I need to get back to it ASAP!

  4. This looks amazing Tanya! Love that it’s quick and easy to make….perfect for summertime suppers!

  5. Wow you post activity agenda sounds absolutely wonderful! I have officially hit a wall of exhaustion today much like yours I think. I just want to go to bed, lounge in PJ’s and exist :)

    • I am totally drained! I need another vacation!

  6. Oooohhh Yeah! I’ll take that extra large dish of bacon-y pasta! Looks Good :)

    • Thanks Nicole, I can’t pass up bacon-y pasta either!

  7. Ahhhh, I am so glad that my kids are grown and I don’t have that insane schedule anymore! Any dish with bacon in it, is a winner in my book :)

    • I’ll probably miss the insane schedule someday!

  8. Times sure have changed. My Summers were much like yours. I don’t recall knowing anyone that went to Summer Camp and most of today’s activities just weren’t available yet. Good to see that carbonara is still around, though. Yours is a great recipe, Tanya. :)

  9. I love your lounging in pj’s watching tv idea! That’s what I wish I could do all summer! This dish looks divine! I will have to try it sometime!!

  10. Oh how much I LOVE Pasta Carbonara!!! Our schedule is pretty calm so far. I have family members that compete for my kids’ summer time– it’s kinda nice. I am SO into your hide-n-seek, fireflies, s’mores extravaganza. That is my kinda summer for sure.

    • I can’t wait to sit around and do nothing, except for eating a lot of S’mores! Thanks Heather!

  11. I would totally be the brat who picked out all the bacon and peas, haha. I LOVE PEAS. And I am alone in this love in my home since everyone else is too simple-minded to appreciate the wonder that are peas. This looks awesome, Tanya!

    • Lucky me, right before I served this to the family, I DID pick out a bunch of bacon!!! You like peas huh? Please convince my 4 year old that they aren’t nasty and scary!

  12. This looks amazing!!!!! I LOVE pasta carbonara, but never use peas in mine, I’ll have to add them in next time, I always have a bag of frozen peas in the freezer! Looks like a great meal!!!

    • The peas added color and and a whole new flavor! Plus a way for me to add veggies to the dish! Thank you Maria!

  13. Your childhood summers sound exactly like mine did! I try to make sure my kids get a couple of loungy- lazy do what they want days a week. Summer is so busy and crazy on the farm it is easy to get caught up in it all. Your pasta carbonara looks like a perfect summer dinner! I am pinning this!

    • Thank you Jennifer! I’m so excited the lazy portion of our summer is quickly approaching!

  14. My dad’s best friend, Mr. Labrrocca, used to make Sunday dinner for our families every other Sunday. He always made spaghetti with red gravy and he added other dishes. This was my favorite one and I love making it although this one is a little different, I’m game to try it! Now if I could only figure out what that roast with red gravy recipe was – I would be so happy! :) Thanks for making me remember my own childhood!

    • What a memory Kelli! This is NOT traditional carbonara by any means, I added and lightened it. But I think it’s delicious! Thank Kelli!

  15. Can I have this for lunch today? It looks go good, Tanya! Pinning and sharing on Facebook today!

    • Yes, yes you can Julie! Thanks for sharing!

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