• Carly Zimmaro

Carly's Carbonara

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So yeah - I totally named this dish after me because It has so many things I love - all in one.

This dish is similar to carbonara - the bacon mainly - but I made it my version.

And the stars are the baby tomatoes - lord help me.

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No - not mine...my little tomato plants still have a little ways to go.

But when I was at the food market a few days ago - I saw these baby heirlooms!

No question - they went right in my cart "I'll figure out what to do with these" I say to myself.

And this was TOTALLY the dish - all because of them.

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This recipe is super simple and perfect as a side dish - or main (if you ask me)

The flavors are all well balanced, salty, fatty, earthy, bold. creamy and fresh.

The key is to roast the tomatoes in a little olive oil for about 40 minutes or so and let them cool slightly. The flavor doubles. Seriously.

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But let me just say - I did in fact - grow that basil.

It went beautfully, the color is fantastic too.

If you can grow your own veggies and herbs DO IT.

So rewarding.

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  • 1 pound of bow tie pasta

  • about 2 cups of baby heirloom tomatoes (or any of your choice)

  • Olive Oil

  • Salt

  • 1/4 c olive oil

  • 5 cloves of garlic smashed

  • Mozzarella

  • Crispy Bacon

  • Basil to garnish


  1. Cook pasta as directed - set aside.

  2. Meanwhile - preheat oven to 350 degrees

  3. In a small sauce pan add 1/4 c olive oil and smashed garlic and warm over low heat for 15 minutes - stirring occasionally.

  4. On a baking sheet add the tomatoes, splash of olive oil and some salt and roast for 30 - 40 minutes until bursted and wrinkled - let cool for 10 minutes.

  5. Cook your bacon - set aside.

  6. In a baking dish add your pasta and cover with garlic oil - along with the garlic.

  7. Layer over some mozzarella and finish with roasted tomoatoes.

  8. Pour over the pasta the pan juices from the tomatoes - it's divine.

  9. Bake at 350 for about 10 minutes until mozzarella beomes gooey and warms through.

  10. Crumble the bacon overtop, garnish with basil and ENJOY!!!

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