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Carbonara Couscous

There is something so comforting about being busy. A hectic lifestyle reminds me that I’m needed, that I have a function. I was interviewing a brewery owner yesterday for a piece I’m writing for Honest Cooking and he put it into perspective for me. "When I’m old, I don’t think I’ll wish I slept more." Having things to do, people to talk to and jobs to get done is a good place to be. As hard as I try and fight that 5:30am alarm clock, or force myself to shut my eyes when I finally get back in bed, I know I’ll miss it someday.

For now, I’m trying to enjoy the pace my life has taken. The people, places and opportunities that are taking my life down a new and exciting path. And I’m just trying to do it all justice. Approaching it with an open heart and a grateful spirit that will allow me to fully appreciate this time in my life without focusing on what seems to be my near constant caffeine  deficiency and lack of "free" time. It all goes back to the motto of my life: figure out what is great about the situation you are in and enjoy the crap out of it. 

And I have to say, I really enjoyed the crap out of this couscous.

Carbonara Couscous

 1 cup dry Israeli (pearl) couscous

1 tbs buter

5 ounces pancetta

5 basil leaves

½ cup parmesan

1 tsp pepper

2 eggs (plus 2 additional if desired for side dish size portions)

Makes 2 entrée portions or 4 side dish portions

Cook couscous according to package direction. In a separate pan, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Add the pancetta and cook until browned, do not drain, add to the couscous. Chop basil leaves, add to the couscous along with parmesan and pepper, stir to combine.

Poach eggs in simmering water.

Distribute couscous equally among dishes, top with poached egg, serve warm.

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Cassie June 13, 2012 um 2:41 pm

This is great. I always think I’d like to be less busy and then when I get a break I am bored out of my mind. I love having things to do! This couscous is right up my alley!


Julie @ Table for Two June 13, 2012 um 3:58 pm

omg look at that yolk!! love it! when i get super busy i wish i were less busy but then when i’m less busy, i find myself fidgeting and looking for things to keep myself busy…such a contradiction haha


Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious June 13, 2012 um 4:43 pm

You couldn’t have said it better. Before I graduated school, I had class once a week and did absolutely nothing. I was waking up at noon and before you know it, the day is gone. Now that I’m working full-time and waking up at 4:45 am, I am always crazy busy! And I feel like I get so much more work done.

As for this couscous, oh my. Need to make this ASAP! I kind of made something. Well not really. Mine had pancetta and a fried egg. That’s it.


amy donovan June 17, 2012 um 5:34 am

I love this post! i’ve found that i’m happiest when I’m busy, as long as it isn’t so-busy-i-can’t-breathe-busy. Staying busy makes me feel productive + needed, + that’s a good thing. And luckily, my life these days keeps me just the perfect amount of busy – no complaints here!

and this couscous? sounds amazing! it would make an amazing weeknight meal with a fresh, crisp salad alongside it. yum!


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