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Creamy Pasta with onion, mushrooms and bacon

So this isn’t a carbonara as such (note the lack of egg) but to me it is sort of :D

This is a nice quick dish and the Ingredients for it are pretty basic

  • Onions (I used shallots once again .. softer flavour)
  • Pancetta (Bacon / cured ham of some sort you could chop up a couple of rashers if you wanted)
  • Mushrooms (I’d have generally used button mushroom but I used some Shiitake Mushrooms here as there’s a nicer flavour from them
  • Cream
  • Pasta (ideally you’d use tagliatelle in this case I used fusilli)



  1. Chop the onion and throw it on the pan with a bit of olive oil (I chopped the onion in half and sliced it rather than chopping up really small)
  2. Throw the Pancetta onto the pan as well and cook a bit (I usually end up removing excess fatty bits cus I’m like that)
  3. Chop the mushrooms up again I kept it fairly big and throw on the pan cook for a few minutes
  4. Stick on your pasta (depending on cooking times)
  5. Throw the cream in and wait for it to thicken up a bit
  6. Drain your pasta and mix the sauce into it in the sauce pan
  7. If you’ve got parmesan cheese now would be a good time to use it

Mushrooms, Pancetta and Shallots Cooking

Cream added to the Mushrooms, Pancetta and Shallots

And enjoy .. :)

The final Carbonara of sorts

This turned out rather nicely 9/10 from me .. the Fusilli may not have been the best choice in the world but it was still a really nice dish about 15 – 20 minutes from start to finish.

Asparagus and Bacon NOM!

So I never really came across Asparagus wrapped in Bacon in Ireland .. but here in the Menu del Dia’s you constantly have asparagus offered as one of the plates.

This led me the other day to say **** it I’m going to try it out

So what do you need
(preheated oven to 220C)
1: Asparagus
2: Rashers (we’ve tried this with serrano ham before but its a bit too dry)
3: Olive oil / pepper / salt (though with the rashers you could probably do with out the salt)

So take 2 -or 3 stems of asparagus … hold tightly and wrap a rasher around them

Complicated I know … try to get it so its nice and tight and holds its form
(I varied going straight across … and wrapping diagonally up the asparagus)

Repeat until no more asparagus (I then proceeded to wrap some extra bacon around them)

Place in a baking tray (Next time I’ll be trying on a grill in a baking tray)

Asparagus and Bacon Uncooked

Place it all in the preheated oven at 220C and keep an eye on it at the 15 or so minute mark and you should have something that looks like

Asparagus and Bacon In the Pan

Bit of kitchen paper to remove some excess grease and hey presto

Asparagus and Bacon Cooked

Bon Appetit

I’d give this one a 9/10 :)