Carbonara is such a tasty dish that requires very few ingredients and can be a quick and easy dish that impresses all the people who eat it 🙂 It’s sauce is made up of egg yolks and it’s flavor comes from the pancetta (Italian bacon). I have to confess that I for years would not eat this dish because I thought it would be like eating raw eggs since the egg yolks are actually added at the very end of making this dish. Something about it just freaked me out ? I actually made a dish instead for years called fake carbonara with cream and ham just to get around making the real thing. Then, one day my husband made it for me and I was amazed at how easy it was and how amazing it tasted!! You know what, the eggs actually aren’t raw they get tempered in to the dish and form a nice creaminess! Sometimes with food you just have to “try it” and trust that if a dish has been around that long that it must be darn good! And it is darn good! I went from never wanting to make this, to making it almost once a month 🙂
Because the dish has no vegetables, I would usually serve one on the side. But why do that when you can add one to the dish itself! Cauliflower is perfect for this since it is so mild flavored and it will not compete with the delicate flavors of the carbonara. It also in my opinion makes it a bit more filling and hearty and I feel better about not just eating a whole plate of pasta 🙂 I like to roast my vegetables in the oven with olive oil, salt and pepper and then add it in at the very end. This makes sure they do not suck up too much of the olive oil pancetta mixture that goes into the pasta.
If you have never made carbonara or Carbonara with cauliflower you must give it a try!! So good!
Here are some of the ingredients prepared for the carbonara!