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Roasted Cauliflower and Mushroom Carbonara

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Tonight I made Roasted Cauliflower and Mushroom Carbonara from closetcooking.

I'm trying to get more vegetables in my diet. So adding mushrooms and cauliflower to a classic carbonara, instead of the Italian sausage, sounded like a good idea.

And it was! It turned out really well, and came together easily, though roasting the vegetables does make the whole thing take about 20-30 minutes.

This is making me curious: What other vegetables can I add to carbonera? Asparagus perhaps? Broccoli maybe? I'm definitely going to need to experiment here!

Roasted Cauliflower and Mushroom Carbonara in a bowl

Breakfast Spaghetti

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I'm a big fan of Pasta Carbonara, which a friend of mine affectionately refers to as "Breakfast Spaghetti". Raw egg is added to just-cooked spaghetti. The heat from the spaghetti cooks the egg into a nice coating. Add parmesan cheese, Italian sausage, and proscuitto (or bacon in a pinch) and you've got Carbonara!

Lacking the necessary Italian sausage, I decided to try something a bit different. Instead of scrambling the egg, I fried it over-easy with salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning. I cooked the bacon crispy, rather than my usual chewy, and topped it with the cheese.

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Bacon and Spinach Pasta with Parmesan

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Sometimes, I try new things. Sometimes, I listen to people describing how delicious something is and I believe them. Sometimes I put a lot of work into making something that turns out to be not really that good. Tonight was one of those times.

Spinach is not my favorite green (kale currently holds that spot). There is something... off... about the taste that reminds me of musty basements. But, every once in a while I forget this, or I decide to give it another try. In that light, this recipe isn't bad. If you like bacon and spinach, then this recipe is great!

I was intrigued by using chicken stock to make the pasta, but it was great and left a wonderful sauce. I might try this again with kale. I might also try making the bacon a bit crispier, to increase the bacon flavor.

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