The addition of summer tomatoes and spinach to this traditional dish brings things to a whole new level. The trick to the recipe is preparation, have all the ingredients ready to go as it comes together as quickly as it takes to boil the pasta.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
20 mins
total:
35 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add bacon; cook, stirring occasionally until crisp and fat has rendered, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove bacon using a slotted spoon and set aside. Pour bacon fat into a small bowl and set aside, but do not wash the skillet.

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  • Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil.

  • Mix Parmesan cheese, eggs, egg yolk, and 1/8 teaspoon black pepper together in a bowl.

  • Cook elbow macaroni in the boiling water, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, about 8 minutes. Drain into a colander set over a large, heatproof bowl. Reserve 1 cup of the cooking water and pour the rest out, keeping the now-heated bowl in place.

  • Return 1 teaspoon reserved bacon fat to the large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Cook 30 seconds more and add tomatoes. Cook, stirring occasionally, until heated through but not falling apart, about 5 minutes. Stir in spinach.

  • Add cooked bacon, cooked tomato mixture, and cooked pasta to the heated bowl. Whisk 1/2 cup of the reserved cooking water into the egg mixture. Pour this over the pasta mixture in the bowl and toss for 3 minutes. Thin sauce if necessary by adding additional reserved cooking water. Season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately with additional Parmesan cheese.

Nutrition Facts

432 calories; protein 24.4g 49% DV; carbohydrates 53.8g 17% DV; fat 15.4g 24% DV; cholesterol 141.3mg 47% DV; sodium 601.4mg 24% DV. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 4 stars
09/05/2018
This recipe was good. However I think it needs a bit of extra salt. As for everything else it is fast and easy. You can get the same creamyness thanks to the eggs just like you do with creme fraiche. Still I prefer Chef John's version without the cayenne! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/05/2018
This recipe was good. However I think it needs a bit of extra salt. As for everything else it is fast and easy. You can get the same creamyness thanks to the eggs just like you do with creme fraiche. Still I prefer Chef John's version without the cayenne! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/24/2018
I love the recipes I get on this website! Tonight I am making the BLT pasta salad. Keep the awesome recipes coming! I always recommend this website to my friends and family. Read More
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