Sunday morning I let it be known to everyone in my house that I was not cooking this week. Nothing. Not a thing.

Later in the day we headed out to Costco and filled our trunk with things my husband can cook for himself (meat), things the kids like (Mickey Mouse chicken nuggets), and a tub of peanut butter-filled pretzels. I planned on stopping by a regular grocery store on the way home for Amy’s tamales and a bunch of Lean Cuisines since I am a PITA and like things Costco doesn’t carry. But y’all, there’s nothing like 2 hours at Costco the week before Christmas to make you want to avoid stores at all costs.

So I ended up having to cook a little something for myself and it was so worth it. It’s the simplest pasta but it’s so delicious. You can’t really go wrong with pasta, bacon, and Parmesan cheese, right? But the best part was obviously the fried egg on top. There is nothing better than breaking open a yolk and then tossing it with hot pasta. I’m pretty sure I could eat a version of this every day and never get tired of it.

One year ago: Oatmeal Toffee Cookies
Two years ago: Red Velvet Cream Cheese Brownies
Three years ago: Cookies and Cream Fudge
Four years ago: Pumpkin & Peanut Butter Dog Treats
Five years ago: Buttery Jam Cookies

Late Night Pasta
  • 6 ounces dry pasta
  • 4 slices bacon cut into 1/4-1/2-inch pieces
  • 3/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 small clove garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter divided
  • 2 large eggs
  1. Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water according to the package directions. Drain the pasta, reserving 1/2 cup of the cooking water.
  2. Meanwhile, cook the bacon in a large skillet set over medium heat until crisp. Add the onion and pepper to the pan, and continue cooking until the onion softens and becomes translucent.
  3. In a separate small skillet, melt 1 tablespoon of the butter over medium-low heat. Crack the eggs into the pan and cook just until the whites are set (the yolks will still be runny). Remove the pan from the heat and keep warm.
  4. Add the garlic to the bacon and onion pan and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.. Add 1/4 cup of the reserved pasta cooking water, scraping the bottom of the pan to release any browned bits. Reduce the heat to low, and add the drained pasta to the pan, followed by the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter. Once the butter has melted, turn off the heat under the pan. Gradually add the cheese, tossing the pasta with tongs to incorporate. After you've added all of the cheese, you can adjust the consistency of the dish with the remaining reserved pasta cooking water.
  5. Divide the pasta between two bowls, and top each serving with one of the fried eggs. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

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