Pasta Carbonara

I like to think of pasta carbonara as a kind of macaroni omelet.  Yes it is as delicious as it sounds.


It’s pasta AND eggs?
This recipe has been a family favorite for years.  My mother has perfected it to an art. However this was my first experience making it. 
To make it you will need some pig product (ham, prosciutto, speck, taylor, etc.), eggs, grated cheese and cooked spaghetti. Make sure that you cook the pasta in advance because the recipe really cannot progress past step one if you are waiting on the pasta.

The trick to this meal is how fast it has to be cooked. So you need to have everything ready when you start.

Begin by taking some eggs (half a dozen is enough for a pound of pasta, or, as I learned, four is not quite enough) and separating them.

Three balls of sunshine and one massive disappointment

Next take your ham product and cut or tear it into small strips.

Fry them. Fry them all!

Mwahahahaha!

Ahem.

The next few steps must happen in quick succession and require both hands so I have no pictures for them.

Sorry.

In rapid succession, while stirring and in this order add:

  1. Pasta
  2. Oil
  3. Salt, Pepper, Garlic Powder
  4. Egg Whites
  5. Cheese
Let that cook while stirring constantly. Once the egg whites are fully cooked, add the yolks and mix in thoroughly. Once they are cooked, take the pan off the burner immediately.
Whew!

Serve right away because this will tend to congeal after a few minutes.

Well worth the effort.

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