Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Pasta for a Fresh Spring Day:

Another Jamie Oliver recipe - Farfelle Carbonara with peas and mint.

This pasta is perfect for a warm Spring day - it is one that provides all the comfort of a good old pasta dish whilst being light on the stomach and fresh tasting. It's the kind of pasta dish that will give you a spring in your step, rather than weigh you down - plus mint is supposed to be great for complextion and digestion.
This dish is best served in a big bowl in the middle of a table (preferably outside) so it can be meandered through at whichever pace pleases you...

Ingredients: (Enough to serve 4)
500g Farfelle pasta
1 Egg
100ml double cream (single will also do.)
1 packet of pancetta OR sliced bacon of course.)
3 handfuls of peas (frozen or fresh, certainly NOT tinned.)
2/3 handfuls of fresh chopped mint (absolutely necassary)

To Cook:
Bring a large pot of salted water to the boil and add the pasta - cook for 12mins.
In the meantime, fry your pancetta/bacon until golden and crispy. Then, mix the cream and egg together - and season with salt and pepper.
When the pasta is nearly cooked, add the peas. (Cook for about 2mins if fresh, 4mins if frozen)
Drain the water from the pasta and peas the return to their pot and add the pancetta and most of the mint - stir together.
Whilst the pasta is still very hot, add the cream/egg mixture - quickly stirring.
Garnish with the remainder of the mint.


  1. that look REALLY YUMMY :P
    nice, i might try it!!!

  2. I've promised to my self that I'm going to eat this today! I already have all the indgredients!! mmmm!

  3. Carbonara really is such a great pasta sauce! This looks delicious!

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  5. Jamie can be my hero sometimes...yum-o.
    Thanks for leaving me a nice comment, I am so glad you did because now I found your blog...and I love it!

  6. i'm of the opinion that peas should adorn every pasta dish. (if peas aren't involved, well, pork had better be.) this is a really nice dish! :)

  7. I've really done it!! It's been so delicious! The mint is the most important ingredient! Thanks!

  8. This sounds good - a new way to try carbonara - will give it a go sometime - does the pasta cook the egg I take it? xxx

  9. carbonara is my favorite. I usually don't add the cream and the eggs still make it creamy and rich. It is SUCH a great meal!

  10. That looks so delicious!!! I'm going to have to try making it...


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