Monday, August 5, 2013

Pasta Carbonara - The Ham Way

I've finally made a ham category on here. It's been a long time coming considering I have so many recipes on here that use it! I just love it so much and love finding new and creative uses for it. This may not be the most creative use, but it's definitely one of the tastiest!

This carbonara version tastes just like the one with bacon, but it's healthier because you don't get all that bacon grease. And if you're looking for a way to sneak eggs into your kids' diet, this is the way to go! They love noodles and won't even know they're eating it. My son is a perfect example of this. He refuses to eat eggs for me for some reason. It's pretty much the only thing he's never eaten over here. My dad has made him omelettes in the past and he's loved them, but forget about it when I make them! I just don't get it. I have come to terms with this strange form of rebeliousness though. The funny thing is that he knows there are eggs in some things that I make but will still eat them. Like this pasta for one! As he was eating it (I made sure to know he liked it first) I told him there were eggs. He didn't seem to mind one bit. This kid drives me nuts some days.

Anyways, he loved it. My husband loved it. I loved it. I need to make this again. Looks like I have to bake up a ham! Oh darn...

Spaghetti Ham Carbonara


 1 lb spaghetti
 2 TB oil
 1 c chopped ham
 2/3 c chopped onion
 3 eggs
 1/2 c grated parmesan cheese
 1/4 chopped fresh parsley


1. Cook pasta according to directions. While the water is boiling, heat oil in large, heavy bottomed pot over medium heat.
2. Add ham and cook for two minutes over medium heat. Add onions and cook until translucent. (Turn heat to low if the onions are done before the noodles to keep them warm.)
3. Beat eggs, parmesan and parsley together in a bowl and set aside.
3. When pasta is al dente, reserve 1/2 c pasta water and drain noodles. Add noodles and 1/4 c water to pot with ham and onions. Mix well.
4. Add egg mixture to pan and toss pasta with tongs until eggs are set. If you'd like it a little creamier, add the remaining 1/4 c pasta water and toss again.
5. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve with additional parmesan.

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