Anna's Family Kitchen was inspired by my love of food and desire to feed my family healthy, home cooked wholesome meals that are beautifully presented and appealing but don’t require hours of prep in the kitchen.
Chicken & Bacon Spaghetti Carbonara
Carbonara is a great family pleaser and I make my sauce using just eggs (whites too!) and Parmesan, both of which I normally have to hand. I included bacon lardons and chicken breasts, plus broccoli from the garden. Frozen peas, spinach or beans would have worked just as well.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cooking: 15 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
500g chicken breasts
200g bacon lardons or diced bacon
3 garlic cloves crushed
250g tender stem broccoli
100g grated Parmesan
Whisk together the eggs in a bowl and stir in the grated Parmesan.
Put the chicken breasts between two slices of parchment paper and bash them to 1.5cm thickness using a rolling pin. Season well.
Bring a pan of water to the boil for the pasta.
Heat a frying pan, add some oil and cook the chicken for 6 minutes on each side. Set aside.
Add the bacon lardons to the same pan. Colour for 3 minutes then add the garlic and cook for 3 minutes more.
Add the spaghetti to the boiling water, reduce to a simmer and leave for 10 minutes.
For the final 3 minutes, add the tender stem to the pasta water. Lift out the broccoli and set aside.
Drain the pasta reserving 3 tbsp water.
Slice the chicken breasts into 1cm strips.
Add the drained spaghetti to the bacon lardons. Add the sliced chicken too plus the reserved pasta water.
Stir through the egg/Parmesan mix and then the broccoli and serve.