I had some spare bacon and Chicken. I improvised some carbonara, which is an Italian pasta dish whose sauce is egg based. There once was a restaurant in the Iowa City sheraton that served me my first carbonara. I was very impressed and began to learn how to make it. Since then I have made it countless times, and I barely reference a recipe, or adhere to any purist’s beliefs about carbonara. As far as I’m concerned, if you mix-in a egg/cheese mixture at the end of the cooking process, you’ve got yourself a carbonara dish.