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Courgette and Mushroom Carbonara

I was watching a repeated episode of Jamie at Home the other night, the one where he gets excited about courgettes (mind you he gets excited about most things). He started making a delish looking Courgette Carbonara so I quickly ran to get a pen and scribbled down the ingredients. So, this is my version, varying slightly from Jamies with the addition of some mushrooms - they were looking lonely in my fridge!

Ingredients: (Serves 2)
250g Penne
2 Courgette, halved then halved again and chopped into pieces
Handful of Mushrooms, sliced
75g Bacon Lardons
Large sprig of Thyme, leaves removed
2 eggs100ml Cream
2 Handfuls Parmesan
Salt and Pepper

Step 1: Cook pasta according to instructions
Step 2: Fry the bacon, courgette and mushrooms in a little oil then add the fresh thyme
Step 3: Whisk together eggs, cream and Parmesan in a bowl
Step 4: Drain pasta (reserving a couple of TBSP of pasta water), toss into bacon and courgette mixture and take off heat
Step 5: Wait a few moments before pouring in the egg mix and stir to coat, add cooking water to loosen and make glossy
Step 6: Serve with extra shavings of Parmesan if wanted
On a personal note, we went to our 20 week scan yesterday and found out we are having a little boy - so we will have one of each!! Now we just have to agree on a name - easier said than done!
Beth Sachs
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  1. Congratulations! And you could always name him Jamie, in honour of the pasta, which looks fabulous. :) (You never know, you might end up with a little chef on your hands!)

  2. Yes as 'Baking Therapy' said Congratulations and I think Jamie it will have to be!
    Lovely dish you've made there - yum.

  3. Congratulations!!!! I am SO pleased for you all and I'm doing a little jig here :0)

    Jamie has some great recipes in that book and your pasta has just tickled my taste buds to try it!

    Rosie x

  4. Oh fabulous! another good idea for the glut of zucchini we get in the summer

  5. Carbonara is my ultimate standby recipe, it's what I make when I'm in a rush. Your version looks really good!

  6. This looks wonderful - what a great variation on an old favourite. Congrats on the boy, I hope you manage to agree on a name.

  7. It looks delicious, I love easy pasta recipes like this :)


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