One of my favorite little restaurants in college served up a rich and creamy pasta dish called The Godfather’s Favorite. It was also my favorite. And probably lots of other people’s favorites. Perhaps it will be one of your favorites, too! I’m posting this recipe here at the request of, coincidentally, my goddaughter’s mom! Ooh. I just thought of a really clever name for my version of this recipe. Heh heh. I bet you’ve guessed it already…
Since I rarely make the trek back up to my alma mater, I had to figure out how to make this myself. Thanks to the Internet, I was able to experiment a bit and put together something really, really close. Warning: this dish is not healthy. Make it when you’re going to have a bunch of younguns over who are not yet concerned about their cholesterol, carb, or fat intake. Pair it with a side salad to make yourself feel a little better about it. But do make it. It’s creamy, tasty, and deeeeelicious!
Ten points to the first person who can name the restaurant this recipe is inspired by!
I like to make this with a rotisserie chicken from Costco. I hate dealing with raw chicken, so chopping up some white meat from a pre-cooked chicken saves time and mess for me. Also, I usually make this dish with penne, but I happened to only have casarecce pasta on hand the day I took the photographs for this post. I think chicken carbonara is traditionally made with spaghetti or fettuccine, so I think there’s some wiggle room if you don’t have penne on hand.
Although this dish is super yummy fresh from the stovetop, this is one of those dishes that I actually enjoy more the next day, reheated in the microwave. They’re the kinda leftovers you look forward to eating (if you have any)!
This Godmother’s Favorite
aka Chicken Carbonara with Penne
adapted from this recipe at cooks.com
This dish is great served with toasted french bread smeared with roasted garlic. Mm-mm!