Lohturuokaa – karamellisoitu sipuli -carbonara

Kylminä talvipäivinä parhaimmalta maistuvat ihanan täyteläiset lohturuoat ja pasta on erinomainen ruoka tähän tarkoitukseen! Yksi omista pastasuosikeistani on aina erityisesti Etelä-Euroopassa matkustellessa ollut pasta carbonara, jossa vastakeitettyyn pastaan sekoitetaan vatkattu raaka kananmuna, parmesaania ja tilkka kermaa sekä rapeaksi paistettua pekonia. Kun muutamia vuosia sitten vähensin lihansyöntiä reilusti, halusin keksiä tälle lohturuoalle vähintäänkin yhtä hyvän korvikkeen. Ja niin syntyi carbonara, jossa pekonin korvaa ihana karamellisoitu sipuli ja ripaus timjamia. Uskallan väittää, että tämä on erittäin varteenotettava kilpailija klassiselle carbonaralle!

Karamellisoitu sipuli pasta carbonara


Karamellisoitu sipuli-pasta, ”sipulicarbonara”

2 annosta
30 min
(tarvittaessa gluteeniton)

– n. 200 g nauhapastaa (tarvittaessa gluteenitonta)
– 3 sipulia
– 2 rkl voita
– 1 valkosipulinkynsi
– 2 tl sokeri
– ripaus suolaa
– pieni kourallinen tuoretta timjamia
– 2 kananmunaa
– 2 dl raastettua parmesaania tai grana padano -juustoa


Kuori ja pilko sipulit ohuiksi siivuiksi. Sulata voi paistinpannulla ja lisää sipulisiivut. Murskaa joukkoon kuorittu valkosipulinkynsi ja lisää myös sokeri ja ripaus suolaa. Paista sipuleita pannulla noin 15–20 minuuttia, säännöllisesti sekoitellen, kunnes sipulit ovat karamellisoituneet eli muuttuneet kauniin ruskeiksi ja makeiksi. Varo polttamasta. Lisää pannulle (tuore) timjami, kun olet paistanut sipuleita noin 10 minuuttia.
Riko sillä välin kananmunat kulhoon ja lisää joukkoon raastettu juusto ja vatkaa kevyesti. Keitä pasta kiehuvassa vedessä pakkauksen ohjeiden mukaan. Säästä pastaa valuttaessasi noin 0,5 dl keitinvettä. Sekoita valutettuun pastaan kananmuna-juustoseos. Lisää tarvittaessa hieman keitinvettä, jos pasta tuntuu kuivalta. Lisää joukkoon myös karamellisoidut sipulit ja nauti!


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  • Today I’ve enjoyed the sunshine. How I woke up to the warming feel on my skin. The first rays of sunlight were like a warm and gentle hug asking to stay in bed a little bit longer.
That bright light was so welcoming and warm I actually left home without my gloves or hat - that was a mistake. Winter didn’t leave yet. But I forgave quickly. Sunshine simply makes me feel so much better, more efficient and creative. It brightens everything, literally. So I wish more days like this during the next weeks!
Any other spring enthusiasts there? Does the sunshine affect you the same way?
  • Apple harvest season in the end of summer always keeps us busy. The garden is bursting of those red and green jewels of nature. The branches are humbly bending over the garden with all the weight. And we don’t want to waste any of those beautiful sweet apples.
During those weeks I cook more with apples than I do during the rest of the year. Pies, crumbles, salads, juice – everything. I always try to create as many dishes as I can. Last year after baking a dozen of traditional apple pies, I made this caramelised apple galette - which became one of my favourites. The recipe is coming to my cookbook but I’m probably going to share it here too! I can’t wait for this summer - it’s always so wonderful to pick most of the ingredients from my own garden.
What is your favourite recipe with apples?
Traditional pie or something completely different?
  • Today has been a day of big cups of tea. The sleet has changed to rain and people are running on the streets holding things over their heads - we’ve all forgotten how the spring rain soaks everything it touches.
Right now summer feels like a distant memory. But I’m thinking that soon the grass is peeking from the ground and the colours of nature are turning from grey to green. It’s not far away – change just doesn’t happen overnight.
Now I’m filling my cup with my favourite tea and staying home this evening. It’s quite beautiful to watch the rain washing the streets and melting the remains of white winter.
How does the spring look like there?
More snow coming or nature already blooming with all the shades of green?
  • Hello new week! It looks busy but exciting! I have a long to-do list to complete but my personal goal is to have one free day this week. (I have no idea how I’m going to make that work - wish me luck!)
It might sound crazy to someone but I’m pretty sure you all other creatives out there know this problem with separating your own time from work. It’s not that easy when your work is your passion, right? But just a slow morning with a big cup of tea or a good movie before going to bed can do the work and relieve stress a lot. I’m going to try both of these this week!☝🏻
What kind of plans do you have for this week?
  • After working the whole day my mind is pretty empty and I can’t wait to get to bed and have a good night’s sleep. So no more writing (or anything else that requires thinking) for me today!
I baked these cute little bundt cakes last weekend. The size is perfect, isn’t it? One little cake makes two portions. Actually wouldn’t mind having one just for myself right now!
I hope you’ve had a relaxing weekend and you’re ready for a new week! Happy Sunday!
  • Today I finally sent the first recipes of my next cookbook to my editor. You know when you put your heart into a project and keep it just to yourself as long as you can? And then at some point you need to show it to someone else for the first time. It’s so scary and exciting at the same time.
I’ve created dishes and photographed that book since last summer. I’ve spent hours and hours in the kitchen, cooking and baking more than ever. (And it doesn’t look this pretty during those days - it’s props and food everywhere.) I’ve fought against dark winter days and sometimes I’ve lost that fight. I’ve scheduled way too many recipes and pictures on one day and felt exhausted.
But I’ve also proved myself again that all this makes me happy. Cooking is something I do for passion. I love spreading joy through food. And that moment when food disappears from plates in seconds. Or when people playfully fight over the last piece. ✨
After a long day of creating, I’m sitting on the wooden kitchen floor, tired and covered in flours. And I still find myself thinking: ‘I’m so grateful for this.’
  • Winter seems to be finishing up its shift while the spring is slowly finding its way through the mud and snow. Birds have started to sing. That’s my favourite sign of warmer and lighter days.
Right now I’m laying on the couch - I could already go to sleep after baking and photographing the whole day. The light was so beautiful and the sun shined the whole day. One happy photographer here. Oh how I love spring!