A Major Pasta Award And Veggie Carbonara

A few weeks ago, okay maybe a little longer than that, I participated in a twitter chat called #IlovePasta that was hosted by PastaFits.org and Paula from Bell’alimento.  There were several prizes for a few select participants and I found out after the chat that I was selected as one of the winners. Turns out I won the GRAND prize. A basket full of pasta goodies and a $100 gift card. I never win anything so this was such an awesome win for me! Its a major award!!  A pasta award!

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How awesome is this?? All kinds of goodies! I was beyond stoked when I saw a giant box delivered to my house, I really had no idea what all the grand prize entailed. So Lets go through it, shall we?

#ilovepasta twitter party prize PineappleandCoconut.comThere is a colander, pasta stirrer, wooden serving spoons, dish towels, these really neat cream colored no stain, no wrinkle napkins, olive oil, an olive oil pouring bottle, a mini cheese grater and the CUTEST pasta bowls ever. Also two packages of pasta. I sort of made one of the packages of pasta and totally forgot to blog that I did since it was in the prize package but they were just plain cooked noodles. Not anything special – unlike the recipe that I did end up making.

But seriously how cute are these bowls??

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We make pasta at least once a week and its almost always spaghetti. Its easy, my kids love it and I have a really yummy from scratch sauce that also doubles as pizza sauce when we make homemade pizza. But I wanted to make a new recipe for this post. I was looking around online for something I hadn’t made before and decided since Paula had co-hosted the party, and her amazing blog is all about authentic Italian food, why not ask her what her favorite dish is. She replied ” Hands down carbonara is my favorite”. I have never had carbonara before, I have always wanted to try it, just never had. Until now. I made Paula’s veggie carbonara. It was amazing! Not as heavy and rich of a dish that traditional carbonara is, but just as good.

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Her dish called for rigatoni but I didn’t have any on hand, so I used penne instead. This was such a good dish. The saltiness from the bacon and the parmesan cheese mixed with the creamy pasta sauce and crisp veggies made for a filling but not too heavy pasta dish. I really loved it. We also still have basil growing on our plant outside so it was awesome to be able to use homegrown basil.

#ilovepasta twitter party prize PineappleandCoconut.comThe pasta totally matches my new pasta bowls too. I didn’t intend for that to happen. But it did. And I like it.


This recipe can be found HERE on Paula’s site.

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