Spaghetti alla Carbonara

071 spaghetti carbonara

Nowadays, I find it hard to find spaghetti with carbonara sauce in the menu in an Italian restaurant. Carbonara sauce is one of my favorite pasta sauces! And, when I do find it in a restaurant, it is unlikely as good as I expect it to be. Maybe because it is made from raw eggs and people are afraid to consume it at a restaurant? I’m not sure. But, I sure do miss it from time to time.

So, since there were a lot of leftover ham from New Year dinner, I decided to make spaghetti carbonara sauce. I found this very good recipe online, and of course, being me, I had to modify it to my liking. Everybody loved it!! No leftover this time. Shucks!! ­čÖé That’s ok, besides, carbonara sauce is not good if you heat it up because of the eggs in the sauce will be cooked and it would not only look weird but it will taste weird as well. So, serve the sauce immediately when it is still warm.

This recipe serves 8 people:

1 pound spaghetti
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 lb of ham, chopped (I used smoked ham)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 cup dry white wine (optional)
4 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 pinch salt and black pepper to taste
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley (for garnish)

In a large pot of boiling salted water, put some salt in it if you like. Cook spaghetti pasta until al dente. Drain well. Toss with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, and set aside.

Meanwhile in a large skillet, add minced garlic and saute it until fragrant. Add chopped onion, and cook over medium heat until onion is translucent.  Then put in the chopped ham until slightly crisp. Saute for about 2 minutes then add wine if desired; cook one more minute.

Add cooked and drained spaghetti into the mixture. Toss to coat and heat through in a medium high heat, adding more olive oil if it seems dry or is sticking together. Add beaten eggs and cook, tossing constantly with tongs or large fork until eggs are barely set. Remove from heat. You don’t want the eggs to cook. Quickly add 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, and toss again. Add salt and pepper to taste (remember that ham and parmesan cheese are salty).

Serve immediately with chopped parsley sprinkled on top.

Enjoy! I hope you like it as I do!