BLT CarbonaraI feel like we’ve been crazy busy lately – it’s always something on our schedules one weekend or another. Poor Jon just got to brew beer for the first time in two months last week! Plus, we’d all been sick for pretty much the entire month of January. Stomach bugs? Check. Coughing up lungs? Check. Faucets for noses? Check.

This has been the first week this month where we’ve all felt good, and I’ve been playing catch-up with house chores that kind of got put by the way-side while I was sick myself, or playing nurse maid. Seriously, where does all this laundry come from? I’d swear I live in a house with 5 teenage girls the way these boys go through clothes! Anyways, with all the housework, I wasn’t feeling cooking dinner the other night. But, I wasn’t feeling anything out either. So, I mustered up some energy and went to the kitchen to make this quick pasta. A few ingredients, and a little bit of time – and you’ve got yourself one terrific and satisfying meal.

If you’re worried about using raw eggs in your pasta – hear me out. It’s not really raw eggs, because the eggs cook (more or less) in the pan with the hot pasta. It transforms into a thick and luxurious sauce that can’t be achieved with any substitutions. If you’re that worried about it, let it cook on the heat for a little bit longer than 2 minutes. But, there really isn’t anything to worry about – you don’t think anything about licking brownie batter off the spatula when you’re done baking, do you?

The original recipe just calls for bacon and tomatoes, but I happened to have a half a bag of baby spinach hanging out in the fridge that I needed to use – and thought that a green leafy component would make it a BLT, which is always a fun twist. I served it with simple green salads and focaccia bread.


  1. Posted January 30, 2013 at 8:50 AM | Permalink

    I love this!! Great idea adding the spinach. I just made this with the tomatoes only so I need to wait a bit before making carbonara again but yum!!!

  2. Posted January 30, 2013 at 9:55 AM | Permalink

    Now I have to make this next week…because I am sure the spinach totally transforms it!

  3. Posted January 30, 2013 at 10:18 AM | Permalink

    This looks and sounds amazing! I love carbonara and it just so happens that I’m making a grocery list/meal plan right now. Looks like we’ll be having this very soon! As always, your photo is gorgeous, too.

  4. Kim in MD
    Posted January 30, 2013 at 11:01 AM | Permalink

    Pasta carbonara is one of my favorite quick and easy (and delicious) meals, and your BLT version looks and sounds amazing! Seriously- my mouth is watering!

    I’m sorry to hear that you and your family are sick. There seems to be several very contagious bugs going around this winter! I hope you and your family feel better soon, Laura!

  5. Posted January 30, 2013 at 11:33 AM | Permalink

    That looks fabulous!

  6. Posted January 30, 2013 at 9:18 PM | Permalink

    Um yes please!! This is my kind of simple winter comfort food. Going on my menu soon!

  7. Posted May 20, 2013 at 9:29 PM | Permalink

    Hi, Laura! My name is Esther. I’m new to the food blogging world and love finding easy, tasty recipes like this one. I tried it tonight and it’s absolutely delicious!! : )

    Thank you for a great recipe! You can see it here:

  8. Posted May 13, 2015 at 11:45 PM | Permalink

    Have finished my dinner, but still hungry after seeing it. 😀

  9. Chris
    Posted February 26, 2017 at 8:47 PM | Permalink

    Amazing. We did alter it by using ham & pancetta and then steamed a lobster steamed 2 4/5 oz lobster tails

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