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Carbonara is given a lemon twist in this easy, yet decadent pasta dinner.

Lemon Scented Carbonara on Taste and Tell

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But what is not a waste of time is this pasta dish. 30 minutes to a glorious dinner. I’m a huge carbonara fan in the first place, and the addition of the lemon in this recipe is so bright and refreshing. I had to adapt it a bit to ingredients that I had or could find, but it turned out fantastic. In fact, Rachael Ray’s pasta dishes usually make way too much for my little family, so I usually make a half recipe and we have leftovers. There were no leftovers after we were done eating this!! It’s one I’d highly recommend. Now, I just need to find out a way to stop those spammers…

Lemon Scented Carbonara

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Lemon Scented Carbonara
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Carbonara is given a lemon twist in this easy, yet decadent pasta dinner.
Serves: 4-6 servings
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 pound fettuccine
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • ⅓ pound bacon, finely chopped
  • 1 bunch thin scallions, finely chopped, whites and greens separated
  • 1 small fresno chile pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, finely chopped or grated
  • 1 large lemon
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
  • ¾ to 1 cup chicken stock
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • a handful of fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • a couple handfuls of parmigiano-reggiano cheese
  • a couple handfuls of pecorino-romano cheese
  • shredded basil, for garnish
  1. Bring a large pot of water to boil over high heat. Salt generously and cook the fettuccine until al dente. Reserve about ¾ cup of the pasta water before draining.
  2. Meanwhile, in a skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the bacon, season with pepper, and cook until browned. Add in the whites of the scallions, the chile pepper, the garlic and the thyme. Zest the lemon over the pan and cook for 3 minutes. Stir in the chicken stock. Cook until the stock is reduced by half. Turn the heat to low.
  3. In a small bowl, beat the egg yolks with the pasta water to temper the eggs. Add the juice of the lemon, the parsley and the greens of the scallions to the pan. Add in the cooked pasta. Turn off the heat and stir in the egg and the cheese. Toss vigorously for several minutes until the sauce thickens and coats the pasta. Serve with a little extra cheese and the basil on top.

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13 Responses to Lemon Scented Carbonara {Saturdays with Rachael Ray}

  1. Cindy says:

    Man, you got some pretty good comments. I too had no idea what was being said in the first one, LOL. Thanks for hosting!

  2. We love, love, love carbonara. I have a go to recipe that I make every few months (since it is so rich and hearty) but I am going to have to try this one next!

    Oh and I totally agree, spammers to my email box and blog ARE so annoying! I mean, do they really think that anyone is really going to pay attention and read them? I did get a chuckle out of them though!

  3. haha those spam comment’s are so funny!
    I got one once that said “By the hammer of Thor, this is a good post!” and i almost wanted to keep it 😀
    That carbonara looks completely delicious you’ve got me craving pasta now…

  4. Bev Weidner says:

    I am cracking up because I was JUST READING all my spam comments. They are seriously hilarious. My newest favorite is :

    “I dugg some of you post as I cogitated they were handy invaluable”

    Um, excuse me? You dugg what? Cogitating occurred? Please explain.

    on another note, that pasta just won my heart.

  5. This recipe looks great!

    Um, wow?!! I love the spam comments – I can’t believe you get this stuff – how annoying!

  6. Brenda says:

    LOL, love this! I have a Spam comment waiting for me that I haven’t read yet, but I can just imagine. What’s also good for a laugh is checking your stats and finding out just how people found your blog. My favourite one is “cinnamon buns that taste like melted plastic”. Someone put that into Google and my blog came up, lol. I don’t know whether to laugh or be insulted. Anyway, Rachael makes the best pasta dishes, doesn’t she? I’ve never made carbonara before but this is the perfect dish to try it. Thanks for hosting Deborah and have a great weekend! Oh, I’ve submitted two recipes from last month. Thanks!

  7. Joanne says:

    those are too funny. At least they made for an amusing blog post! None of them ever get through on mine and I’m pretty sure I have no idea what the point is!

    I love carbonara and I bet the lemon really cuts the richness!

  8. Patti says:

    That was a lot of fun- you had me laughing right out loud, especially on the one wanting to know why a lot of stores have the name “banana.” Hey, if you find out, please let the rest of us know, as I’m sure we’re just dying to find out the answer! Too funny. Thanks for the laughs.

  9. What great spam!
    Pasta looks wonderful! Carbonara is so good, the addition of lemon sounds incredible.

  10. LOL@ those spams….
    Your carbonara looks lipsmackingly good! I love the addition of citrus zest.

  11. Katrina says:

    haha oh my! What strange spam you’ve received! This pasta dish sounds so yummy!

  12. Mrs. L says:

    I don’t mind the “bad” spam where, by reading a sentence or two, you can clearly see that it’s spam. It’s the ones that actually make sense “Loved the way you used strawberry’s in this French Toast dish” but you can tell by their website link that it’s spam for Viagra, Ugg Boots etc. Sneaky little spammers.

  13. Tanya says:

    HEHEHE. I think you have better spammers than me. At least they make for a fun read. And that carbonara – yum. I can’t wait to give it try. You can never go wrong with pasta.

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