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