An Italian dish, Spaghetti Carbonara combines pasta, bacon, and cheese tossed in an egg mixture. Try our classic and innovative spaghetti carbonara recipes that add sweet pepper, asparagus, and an array of spices.See Popular Spaghetti Carbonara Recipes
I always like to try and re-create the meals I've enjoyed on my travels, and this Spaghetti Carbonara not only brought back some wonderful memories of Italy, it was so quick and easy to prepare that my husband and I could spend less time in the kitchen and more time reminiscing. It uses only 5 ingredients, and it's ready in just 20 minutes. When Under the Tuscan Sun came out in movie theaters in 2003, I watched Diane Lane fall hopelessly in love with the picturesque countryside of Tuscany -- and I, too, fell hard.
If you're tired of spaghetti cooked the traditional way, try this skillet version recipe that combines an egg mixture with bacon, baby spinach, pasta, and topped with shredded Asiago cheese.
If you can't find pecorino (peh-kuh-REE-noh) cheese, which is a sheep's milk cheese, for this pasta dish, substitute Parmesan cheese.
In this version, the eggs are cooked into a custardlike sauce. An extra step, yes, but the technique ensures food safety. To vary the vegetables, try green beans, asparagus or frozen peas (cook peas separately from pasta).
While traveling in Rome, I learned to cook two traditional dishes. That cooking class was the best souvenir I could ask for.
Cooking classes, bike tours and farm stays are something to chew on as you plan your next foodie vacation.
If you could eat your way through one city, which would it be? We posed this question to our food-loving Facebook friends, and got hundreds of responses, from fans of Santa Fe, New Mexico, to partisans of Palermo, Sicily. Just thinking about spicy dishes of "red or green" chile sauce (especially from Cafe Pasqual's), or of wandering around Palermo's open-air markets, makes us want to start booking flights.