Quick Pea, Asparagus and Bacon Carbonara

Asparagus, Pea and Bacon Carbonara | www.purplehousecafe.com

This summer, may there be….

…cups of tea on the front porch in the morning.

…birds singing, ears open, deep breathing.  Pausing.  Noticing.

…hammock time.

…backyard bonfires.

Asparagus, Pea and Bacon Carbonara | www.purplehousecafe.com

…weekend getaways with our pop-up trailer, the woods, and books read by flashlight.

…bike rides.  Walks.  Lake swims.  

…maybe even some surfing. 

…time to cultivate my garden and notice as each bud and sprout noses out of the ground.

…frivolous reading of juicy books. 

Asparagus, Pea and Bacon Carbonara | www.purplehousecafe.com

This summer, may there be salt water-tangled hair, a few lazy Saturdays and ice cream.  Make that affogatos.  More stretching of the body than the mind; I’ve done enough ruminating this winter.  May there be enough sleep, enough stillness, enough calm.  And, with all of this, may there be the kind of deep happiness that makes my toes curl with gratitude.

Quick Asparagus, Pea and Bacon Carbonara
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  1. 3-4 cups pasta, cooked
  2. 4-5 slices bacon
  3. 1 cup asparagus, diced
  4. 1 1/2 cup peas
  5. 5 eggs
  6. 1 lemon
  7. Salt and pepper to taste
  8. Parmesan cheese to top
  1. Begin to sauté the bacon in a large frying pan over medium heat. While the bacon is crisping, boil generously salted water to cook the pasta.
  2. When the bacon is mostly crispy, throw the peas and asparagus into the pan.
  3. While the vegetables and pasta begin to cook, in a medium bowl, mix together eggs and the zest as well as the juice of the lemon. Add a sprinkling of salt and a few grinds of pepper.
  4. When the vegetables are tender and the pasta cooked, drain the pasta and add it to the sauté pan. Reduce the heat to low. Slowly pour the egg mixture into the pasta mixture, stirring continuously as you pour. As long as you keep the mixture moving, the eggs won't scramble but instead thicken to make a lovely carbonara sauce.
  5. Once the sauce has thickened, divide the pasta into 3-4 bowls, topping with a generous sprinkling of Parmesan cheese and cracked black pepper. Serve.
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4 comments on “Quick Pea, Asparagus and Bacon Carbonara

  1. Your a camper! I’m a camper! You should come camping with us and I’ll play songs around the campfire with my sheet music. Gosh, I wish I coud ditch the sheet music. Your recipe looks lovely and rich with the egg sauce, like an eggs benedict sauce, yum!

    • Amazing! What do you play? I play guitar, and I also can’t seem to get off my sheet music! (not to mention that it’s a bunch of scraps of paper with lyrics and chords jotted on them, all disorganized from being stuffed in a folder, dropped on the floor and re-stuffed about a hundred times!!!)

      • Guitar. Always with the goal in mind of being able to sing around the campfire. I’m so envious of those who can play by ear.

        • That’s awesome! Yeah, after years of classical piano training, it’s like my musical self REQUIRES sheet music to look at!!

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