Warning: This is NOT low fat! LOL I repeat, this is NOT low fat! Ok, that is my disclaimer!
So, you know how cooking bacon on the stove makes a HORRIBLE, TERRIBLE, NO-GOOD mess???? Well, cooking bacon in the Slow Cooker is NOT! ;) YAY!!!!!!!!!!!! That's the first good reason you should try this in the Slow Cooker! This also makes your house smell AMAZING! No burnt bacon smell here folks! Even my 3 year old kept telling me how good this smelled!
This was really very simple to make. I was a little unsure when I started this if it would work out, but it actually did! YAY!! I'm so happy! I'm going to get right to the recipe below so you can hurry to the grocery store to get whatever you don't have!
Pasta all Carbonara
1 pkg. thick-cut bacon, sliced into bite-sized pieces
1 chicken bouillon cube
1 tsp. (or less) crushed red pepper flakes
2 tsp. (or more) garlic powder (or use a few cloves of fresh garlic. I can't eat it, so we don't use them)
2 egg yolks
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 lb. rotini pasta (or any other kind of pasta you like), cooked with 1 Tbsp. salt
1/4 cup of pasta water (the water you cooked the pasta in)
1/2 cup (or so) flat leaf parsley, chopped
Place your cut-up bacon in the bottom of your slow cooker.
(Try and separate it as much as you can so the pieces are not all completely stuck together)
Cook on LOW for 7-9 hours.
The last 1/2 hr-45 minutes of cooking, turn your Slow Cooker up to HIGH and add your bouillon cube, garlic powder and crushed red pepper flakes. Give it a stir.
Boil your water and salt and cook your pasta according to the package instructions.
When your pasta is done, reserve your 1/4 cup of water.
In a bowl, mix together the egg yolks, pepper and Parmesan cheese.
Next, whisk in the 1/4 cup pasta water to temper your egg yolks.
Now, pour your pasta into the slow cooker, pour the egg/parmesan mixture over the top and toss in the parsley.
Mix all together and Voila!!!!!
I hope you enjoy this!