Sugar Snap Pea and Bacon Carbonara
Makes 6 servings
  • 1 pound thick-cut bacon, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 bunch fresh asparagus, trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 2 cups fresh sugar snap peas
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup grated fresh Parmesan cheese
  • 1 (16-ounce) package thin spaghetti, cooked according to package directions and ½ cup cooking water reserved
  1. In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium-high heat until browned and crisp, 6 to 8 minutes. Remove bacon using a slotted spoon, and let drain on paper towels, reserving 1 tablespoon drippings in skillet. Add garlic, salt, and pepper to drippings; cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Reduce heat to low; add asparagus and peas, and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes. Remove vegetable mixture from skillet.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together eggs and cheese. Add cooked pasta and egg mixture to skillet, tossing gently to combine. Add reserved ½ cup pasta water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until a creamy consistency is reached. Add asparagus, peas, and bacon to pasta mixture, tossing to combine. Serve immediately.
Recipe by Paula Deen Magazine at