Mr. Food: Spaghetti Carbonara

The first time I ever ate spaghetti carbonara years ago in an Italian restaurant, I was hooked! What with its creamy and smoky flavors, it's a true taste of Italy that I had to find a way to share with you, but, with an easy shortcut, and I bet it'll disappear just as quickly and easily!

Using any brands at all, we cook up one pound of spaghetti according to the package directions, and in a deep skillet we sauté 1/2 pound of diced bacon for about two minutes until the bacon is crisp.

We add the cooked spaghetti to the skillet, along with one thawed 10-ounce package of frozen peas and a 16-ounce jar of Alfredo sauce.

Toss it all together and let it heat through for about 5 minutes or so, stirring occasionally.
And that easily it's ready to dish up! And when we do, we can look oh-so-smart when we dish up our carbonara know-how for some lively table talk, because this hearty comforting dish dates back to World War II Rome.

When rationing had the Allied forces and Italian cooks combining their talents and pantry supplies, this is what they came up with! Match it with a crisp salad and some bread, and mangia!

If you’d like the recipe, just send a self-addressed stamped envelope, marked “Spaghetti Carbonara,” or just ask for spaghetti, we'll know what it is. Send it to me, Mr. Food, right here at the station, or it's a mouse-click away online for looking like a fancy Italian restaurant chef when it’s really easy!

And with shortcuts like this, it means more time to spend around the table enjoying the "OOH IT'S SO GOOD!!®"