Can you believe it? I’m planning a pasta dinner one night. So I‘m looking in my kitchen cupboards and pantry for spaghetti to go with this pasta carbonara sauce for our dinner but… But I can’t find any?! A house without spaghetti. That must be the first one in history. And it also turns out to be mine, by all places.
Well since it was a Sunday and because it was raining cats and dogs outside, you can imagine that I was not in the mood at all to walk or even drive to the nearest grocery store that is open on Sundays. Which is also situated on the other side of town.
And I’m not going to ring my upstairs neighbour’s doorbell for just pasta. I’m fine with asking an egg or even sugar. But pasta, that’s one step too far for me. I decided to stay home and make dinner with whatever I had at home. And I don’t mean popping a few frozen pizzas in the oven, way too easy.
Carbonara Sauce Meatballs
So I desperately needed a plan B here. I checked all my kitchen cupboards, pantry, fridge and freezer. Turns out I still have a batch of homemade frozen meatballs in my freezer. Eureka moment. How about some creamy carbonara meatballs then?
That sounded just great.
I added cream which is not a classic carbonara ingredient but since it had to go with meatballs I thought a delicious cream sauce would be a great match!
And it was! I served these creamy meatballs with boiled rice and steamed green beans. This makeshift dinner was delicious, the hubs loved it. And it was actually fun to put together! See I like a challenge in the kitchen.
Do you love pasta carbonara?
Then also check out my carbonara risotto!
No pasta? Make creamy carbonara sauce meatballs!
- 12,5 oz meatballs (350 g)
- 3 oz salted bacon (85 g), diced
- 3 medium egg yolks
- ½ cup cream (120 ml)
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp unsalted butter
Add the olive oil and butter to a non-stick pan. Place this over medium-high heat until melted, then add the meatballs.
Bake the meatballs for 5 minutes until golden on all sides. Stir regularly. Then cover the pan, lower the heat and cook the meatballs for 10 minutes until cooked through. Stir regularly. Add extra olive oil or butter if necessary.
Then transfer the meatballs to a plate and cover with tinfoil. Don’t wipe the pan clean. Add the diced bacon and season with a dash of pepper.
Cook the bacon for 4 minutes until cooked through. Transfer the bacon to another plate. Now add the cream (keep 2 tablespoons of the cream aside).
Stir well. Bring the cream to a light simmer, don’t let it boil. Combine the yolks and cream you kept aside.
Once the cream in the pan is warm, add the yolk mixture in a steady stream. Whisk fast.
Simmer the carbonara sauce over medium heat. Whisk constantly for 4 minutes until the sauce is foamy and a little thicker. Then add the cooked bacon.
Stir and check the seasoning of the carbonara sauce. Add extra pepper or salt to taste. Then add the cooked meatballs.
Stir and cover the pan. Let the meatballs warm through in the sauce for another 5 minutes. Then scoop the carbonara sauce meatballs onto deep plates and serve hot.