• ½ lb. penne pasta (cooked and drained and tossed with butter to keep from sticking)
  • ¾ cup half and half cream (fat free works great)
  • ½ tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 2 egg whites
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup real bacon bits (the kind in the bag work great)
  • ½ tsp. Italian Seasoning
  • 1 tsp. garlic Salt
  • ½ tsp. pepper

As I was getting ready to head out the door to work, my husband noticed that I still had the size sticker stuck on my blouse.  I would have been relieved that he caught it- except that I had worn the blouse before.

Years ago, I would have been horrified by this, but now I’m at an age in which I pick my freak outs carefully.  This same rule goes for cooking.  I refuse to make anything that could stress me out.  I want to take my time and enjoy the experience.  That is why I cook.  I love to savor the scents, and colors of everything coming together perfectly.

My Pasta Carbonara is a wonderful blend of creamy sauce and spicy kick.  There are few ingredients, but the flavors are a perfect combination.

The sauce is a mixture of cream, eggs, and parmesan cheese.  This combined with the spice of red pepper flakes and smoky bacon makes this dish hard to resist.

In a large saucepan blend together the cream, red pepper flakes, and bacon.  Simmer over low until hot.  In a bowl, whisk together the eggs and seasonings.  Blend in the cheese.   Add the egg and cheese mixture to saucepan and mix together.  Add noodles and toss.  Serve with extra parmesan cheese on top.