How to Make Carbonara in 10 Easy Steps

Meatballs are a popular dish in Italy and throughout the world.

I had no idea that I would be making this delicious and versatile pasta dish for the first time when I visited Rome for the International Capital Games.

The carbonara is one of the few pasta dishes I can make at home that uses lamb and tomato sauce. 

The meatballs are the perfect filling to a simple dish like this, making this a great dinner or a quick side dish. 

Ingredients 1 large eggplant (I used a little bit smaller, like 1-1/2 cups), diced 1-3 tomatoes, diced 1 large carrot, peeled and cut into small pieces 1/4 cup dry white wine (I preferred red if possible) 1 teaspoon sea salt 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 2 cups water 1 tablespoon olive oil, plus more for brushing meatballs into sauce 2 tablespoons fresh basil leaves (optional) Directions Slice the eggplant into quarters.

Heat a medium skillet over medium heat and add the egg.

Add the olive oil and cook until the egg is lightly browned.

Add salt, pepper and garlic.

Add water and cook, stirring occasionally, until the liquid is absorbed.

Add wine and continue cooking, stirring constantly, until wine evaporates.

Remove from heat and let cool.

Add tomatoes and carrots, stirring well, until just tender.

Add remaining water, and cook over medium-high heat until the tomatoes are tender.

Transfer to a plate.

Place the meatballs in a bowl.

Top with the basil leaves, and serve.

Notes 1.

For more ideas on how to make this recipe, check out my post How to Use a Pressure Cooker to Make Slow-Cooker Carbonara.

2.

If you are making this in advance, it’s best to prepare ahead of time and store it in the fridge until you’re ready to make it.

The meatballs will cook in the oven at about 120 degrees F. for about 10 minutes.

3.

To make the meatball sauce, in a small bowl, combine the olive water, salt, black pepper, and basil.

Stir in the wine, and season with additional salt and pepper.

4.

Serve meatballs with a little extra sauce for dipping.

Nutrition Facts Lamb Chop Carbonara Recipe Amount Per Serving Calories 704 Calories from Fat 48 % Daily Value* Total Fat 1g 2% Sodium 576mg 26% Potassium 796mg 19% Total Carbohydrates 46g 13% Dietary Fiber 2g 8% Sugars 16g Protein 12g 24% Vitamin A 11% Vitamin C 5% Calcium 2% Iron 10% * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.