Cheesecake Factory Inspired Pasta Carbonara and a meal planning strategy because it’s Back to School but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have tasty food.
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Oooooo Yeah…. this is the recipe you’ve been waiting for. It’s the traditional pasta carbonara recipe with that Cheesecake factory flair. It combines the best parts of those recipes and it’s absolutely delicious. You will love digging into this Cheesecake Factory Inspired Pasta Carbonara a meal planning strategy.
So just a little bit of info behind this recipe. You know that Creamy Tomato and Basil Soup recipe I posted earlier this week? I made that while baking the bacon for this recipe. I actually made tomato basil soup, two BLT sandwiches, pasta carbonara and some boneless roasted chicken thighs in about an hour.
I’m not trying brag just to show you that you don’t have to spend all day Sunday meal prepping and cooking. You just need to strategize.
Meal Planning Strategy
Creating a meal plan can be a pain in the butt. But the key is to use all of your resources including my wonderful meal planning printables. As a busy parent, I’m always looking for dishes that are filled with flavor and easy to make. And with 6 people in our family, there’s a lot of food to make. So, it’s really important I use my time wisely.
So while the oven was preheating to 425, I prepared the ingredients for the soup, arranged the bacon on a baking sheet then patted the chicken dry, seasoned it and put the chicken on a separate baking sheet.
By the time the oven hit 425 F, all of my prep was done and the pressure cooker had already started to cook the tomato soup. You can still get this all of this food cooked in an hour even if you don’t have a pressure cooker. Place your Creamy Tomato Basil Soup stovetop and allow it to simmer for about 20 minutes. Actually, that’s really the magic number. The bacon takes about 15 to 20 minutes, the soup takes about 20 minutes the chicken takes about 25 minutes and the pasta carbonara takes about 25 minutes. Several of these meals are cooking at the exact same time. Allowing you to make the most of your time.
Best of all … these meals are absolutely delicious. I’m not trying to toot my own horn but, Toot Toot. Not only is this Cheesecake Factory Inspired Pasta Carbonara recipe so delicious it’s going to be even better to make this while getting dinner for the rest of the week done too.
Cheesecake Factory Inspired Pasta Carbonara a meal planning strategy
Makes 6 servings
- 1 pound pasta (fettuccine) – reserve 1 cup pasta water
- 16 ounces extra thick bacon, cooked
- 2 tablespoons bacon grease
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 shallot, finely chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 3 eggs, beaten (room temperature)
- 1 1/2 cups parmesan romano cheese, grated
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 1 (12 ounce) can evaporated milk
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper to taste
- 10 ounces frozen peas
- 2 teaspoons parsley, chopped
- pasta pot
- sauce pan
- cheese grater
Bring a large pot of water to a boil and season with salt. Cook pasta according to package directions. Reserve 1½ cups of the pasta water before draining.
In a small sauce pan, add butter shallots and garlic.
While shallots and butter are sautéing, whisk together eggs, parmesan cheese and flour in a separate bowl.
Remove pan from heat and add evaporated milk. Add 1/2 cup of pasta water and slowly whisk in egg and flour mixture.
Allow to simmer until sauce has thickened. Add 1/2 teaspoon of salt.
Toss drained pasta with cooked bacon, 2 tablespoons of bacon grease and peas.
Pour egg mixture over pasta, along with reserved pasta water and toss together for about 2 minutes.
Serve hot topped with remaining cheese, freshly ground pepper, and parsley to garnish.
We love this dish with some crispy roasted chicken. Yum!
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