Carbonara Pasta

Here’s a restaurant favorite you can serve at home! Look for pancetta in the deli section of the grocery store, at the counter or sliced and packaged for ease of use.

Carbonara Pasta

Carbonara Pasta a restaurant favorite.


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Ingredients
  1. 12 oz    dried spaghetti
  2. 6    1⁄4-inch (0.5 cm) thick slices
  3. pancetta or guanciale (about 2 oz/60 g total), chopped
  4. 4    large eggs
  5. 1⁄2 cup    grated Parmesan cheese
  6. 3 tbsp    chopped fresh parsley
  7. Pinch    black pepper
Instructions
  1. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook spaghetti for about 8 minutes or until al dente. Drain and return to pot.
  2. Meanwhile, in a skillet, cook pancetta for about 5 minutes or until slightly crisp. Transfer to a plate lined with a paper towel. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, cheese, parsley and pepper. Add egg mixture to hot drained pasta, place over medium heat and toss for about 30 seconds or until pasta is coated. Add pancetta and toss to combine. Serves 4.
Notes
  1. The eggs in this recipe are not fully cooked. If you are concerned about the food safety of raw eggs, substitute 3⁄4 cup (175 mL) pasteurized liquid whole eggs.
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Gnocchi and Beef Stew

Here’s a thick, comforting stew.

Gnocchi and Beef Stew
Here’s a thick, comforting stew.
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Ingredients
  1. 2 tsp (10 mL) canola oil
  2. 8 oz (250 g) mushrooms, sliced
  3. 4 garlic cloves, minced
  4. 1 onion, finely chopped
  5. 1 tsp (5 mL) dried Italian seasoning
  6. 1 cup (250 mL) pot barley
  7. 1/2 cup (125 mL) roasted or drained oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
  8. 4 cups (1 L) ready-to-use vegetable broth
  9. 1/4 cup (60 mL) herbed cream cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C). In an ovenproof Dutch oven, heat oil over medium-high heat. Sauté mushrooms, garlic, onion and Italian seasoning for about 10 minutes or until no liquid remains. Stir in barley until coated. Stir in roasted tomatoes and broth; bring to a boil. Cover, transfer to oven and bake for 30 minutes or until barley is tender but firm. Remove from oven and stir in cream cheese until melted and creamy.
Notes
  1. Serves 4 to 6.
  2. Tip: For added protein, stir in a 19-oz (540 mL) can of chickpeas, rinsed and drained (2 cups/500 mL) with the roasted tomatoes.
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Asparagus and Brussels Sprouts Carbonara

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Classic Bolognese

Although it still feels like summer, and we still eat outside when it’s sunny enough, fall is definitely here – back to school time makes me crave those classic dishes from my childhood: shepherds’ pie, chili, classy chicken, and spaghetti loaded with sauce. When we start getting back into the groove of fall schedules, I like to make a habit of preparing twice (or more) as much dinner as we need, and freezing the surplus for an almost instant dinner on another night. A classic bolognese is the perfect candidate for the freezer – and makes use of fall veggies in season, like garlic, zucchini, tomatoes and peppers, if you’re inclined to add any. Or roughly chop a bunch of veggies and skip the meat altogether for a vegetarian bolognese.

This recipe is fairly small, but can be doubled or even tripled for a larger batch – or bulk it up with extra veggies and tomatoes. Often when I have overripe tomatoes I’ll toss them in the freezer whole, then add them to sauces later.

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Orzo Salad with Cherries and Lime Vinaigrette

We love a good picnic salad. This one is made with orzo pasta and takes full advantage of summer cherry season. Feel free to use other fresh produce if you have it — strawberries would also work well and the kernels off of a fresh ear of corn would also be a tasty addition.
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