Penne Carbonara with Zucchini and Thyme
Very nice dish from Jamie Oliver's Jamie at Home. Very few ingredients, only a touch of cream, and though he recommends a handful of egg yolks to finish the carbonara (as is traditional), I used half as many and still had a delicious result.
The fresh twist in this dish is the use of zucchini saute over high heat in bacon drippings (bacon removed, much of bacon fat removed). Fresh thyme over the top, especially if you can score some thyme flowers from the tips of the plant - adds color and great unique flavor.
This dish was also a case where i used a high-end $5 for 17.6 ounce pasta. It did not disappoint. I recommend that indulgence once in a while.