Monday, April 5, 2010

Munchie Monday: Go Bulldogs!

First off I just have to brag and divulge to the Internet that I attend Butler University who is playing for the NCAA National Championship. While I will be watching the game at Hinkle Fieldhouse because I sadly do not have tickets you too should shut off your computer and cheer for the Bulldogs and while you're doing it chow down on a delicious pasta with bacon, that's right I said bacon.

Ingredients:

1 box penne pasta (really anything you have around is fine)
40-60 frozen pre-cooked shrimp
1 lb smoked bacon
1 large red onion
3 cloves garlic
1 cup frozen peas
3/4 cup white wine
1 egg yolk
1 cup Parmesan cheese
Cajun seasoning to taste

Cook pasta according to package directions. Chop up bacon and fry in large skillet, when done remove bacon with a slotted spoon leaving the grease in the pan. Saute chopped onion and shrimp (make sure to take the tails off) in bacon fat and add minced garlic just as the onions are finishing, be careful burned garlic tastes disgusting. Deglaze pan with wine making sure to stir up all the bits on the bottom then add frozen peas and keep over low heat until cooked, just a couple of minutes.
Put one egg yolk in a small bowl. Take a ladle full of the boiling pasta water and slowly pour it into your egg yolk bowl, beating continuously, this process is called tempering so your egg isn't scrambled. Drain pasta, return it to the hot pot, then pour egg mixture over it, followed by your shrimp mixture, add the bacon, and seasoning, and finally the Parmesan. Hold off on adding salt until you add the cheese as cheese is naturally salty. Enjoy! and did I mention Go Bulldogs!

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