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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Shrimp Bacon Carbonara





Have you ever made shrimp scampi and been left with just shrimp...no sauce (because everyone wanted more than their fair share of buttery yum on their pasta)?  Well, I had just such a case happen to me.  I had another unexpected leftover, too. Bacon.  When in the history of my family have we ever made too much bacon for breakfast???  So there I was; bacon and shrimp sitting forlornly in the fridge.  You can see where this is going, I am sure.  Yup.  The title gave it away.  Carbonara, a traditionally Italian dish based on pasta, eggs, black pepper, pecorino romano and fatty pork (in the USA that would be bacon).  Adding those shrimp and some cream made it truly delightful.  Yeah for leftovers made into new meals!!!


Shrimp Bacon Carbonara:
2 cups  shrimp, I chopped mine to go further
8 strips bacon, 
16 ounces pasta
1 onion, diced fine
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tbsp olive oil (optional...see directions below)
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 Tbsp dried chervil or parsley (you could also use fresh)
2/3 cup cream, half & half or evaporated milk
4 eggs
2 cups freshly grated pecorino romano
Boil the pasta according to package directions.


Options: 
1. If you are starting from scratch, cook the bacon.  Drain all but 2 Tbsp of dripping.  Saute the onion and garlic in the dripping.  When they are almost done, add the shrimp, black pepper and chervil and cook until the shrimp turns pink.  In a small bowl, combine the eggs and cream.  Drain some of the pasta water into your big pasta bowl to warm it up.  Completely drain the pasta.  Empty the hot water out of the bowl and immediately pour in the egg and cream mixture.  Top with the pasta and toss vigorously.  Add the bacon/shrimp mixture and the pecorino and toss again. You may want to add a bit more pepper, too.
2. If you have some leftover bacon and already cooked shrimp, saute the onion and garlic in olive oil.  When they are done, add the bacon to soften.  At the same time, add the chervil and pepper.  Add the shrimp last and heat through.  Continue as directed above.

31 comments:

Belinda said...

Poor shrimp sitting there all alone! =) Great way to not let it get lonely!

Mickey said...

This would be perfect for dinner tomorrow night, looks delicious. Thanks.
mickey

Skaggs Family said...

looks delish! Great photos too!

Monet said...

I love shrimp in pasta dishes. And this creamy concoction looks wonderful! I could probably eat a whole bowl, and then another, and then another. Thanks for sharing!

katerina said...

Such a great idea to use any left overs. I am sure it was exquisite.

Jennifurla said...

Looks perfect to me!

jeanhasbeenshopping said...

That looks so good!!! I'm going to have to bookmark this, print it, and try it. Thanks!

Gypsy Heart said...

Sounds wonderful and looks absolutely delish! Thanks for sharing ~

Have a wonderful weekend!

Pat

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

How beautiful! I love a good carbonara and this looks like a great recipe.

zentmrs said...

Yum! What a delightful way to use leftovers! Thanks for sharing.

Tracy said...

Oh, I am def doing this one. Yum! Thank you so much for sharing tis recipe!

Tracy said...

Oh, I am def doing this one. Yum! Thank you so much for sharing tis recipe!

Julie said...

YUM! That looks great and it seems easy to make. Love the pics!

Liz said...

my mouth was watering as I read your recipe! That looks so good... I might try making it for dinner tonight.
found you on blog frog

Chef Dennis said...

I love Carbonara, adding shrimp is a great idea.....the bacon and the shrimp together add such combination of flavors....now you got me hungry!

Lawyer Loves Lunch said...

You KNOW I love carbonara but we NEVER run outta sauce before shrimp in our house. This looks like a fabulous recipe should that ever happen. Heck, it looks like a fabulous recipe regardless :)

Deborah Dowd said...

You know with shrimp and bacon together it has got to be good!!

Oh Honestly Erin said...

I'm a vegetarian but have been craving bacon something FIERCE lately. This didn't help! It sounds and looks so good.

Lisa Madden Bass said...

Ooooo! Thank you for sharing this recipe, Kristen...I can't wait to make it for my family! :)

The Mom Chef said...

This is my number one go-to comfort food favorite dish in the whole wide world. I love what you've done with it too. I'm going to have to "make" some leftovers now. :)

baking.serendipity said...

I love when leftovers turn into a delicious new meal :) Definite success here! And I think I jinxed the rain after I posted about it earlier in the week. Not a drop since...just tons and tons of humidity.

Magic of Spice said...

I have not made a Carbonara dish in quite awhile...this looks perfect:) Great save for the shrimp...

Squeaky Gourmet said...

mmmmm--bacon--really, left over bacon? That is like left over money! :-)

Joanne said...

Carbonara is one of my favorite pastas to begin with and then when you add shrimp - definitely take it up a few notches! Looks fantastic.

Mary said...

I love carbonara and I can only imagine how good it would taste with shrimp added to it. This is a lovely recipe. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

LDH said...

I am glad you posted this fabulous looking recipe! I have been in the mood for pasta without a red sauce!

Martha (MM) said...

This sounds awesome! I have scampi on the menu plan for this week. I know what I'll do with the leftovers - or maybe just go straight to this recipe to begin with - yum!

Sherry said...

Yum! This looks delicious. My kids would love this. Thanks for stopping by.
Sherry

Kathy Gori said...

Shrimp and bacon, two things there can never be too much of!

Jerri said...

I just love pasta! This looks delish!

Thanks for linking up with me for Friday Favorites!

Shree said...

yummm haven't seen much usage of chervil recently, its a pleasure seeing this being used :) will try this out.

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