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Breakfast Pasta ~ it's modeled after pasta carbonara, but with a heavier emphasis on the meat and eggs.  I used the ever present leftover ham, and a few slices of apple wood smoked bacon for this magical skillet pasta!


Servings

4

Total time

15 minutes

Cuisines

Italian

Courses

Breakfast, Brunch


Ingredients

  • ¾ lb thin spaghetti
  • 4 slices applewood smoked bacon
  • olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 cup ham (chopped)
  • 4 eggs (beaten)
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese (grated)
  • 1 extra large handful parsley (chopped)
  • salt and coarse ground fresh pepper to taste


Method

  1. Cook the pasta in salted water until just al dente.
  2. Meanwhile, cook the bacon in a large skillet until it's crisp. Add the ham and garlic and saute for a few minutes. Add a little olive oil if the bacon didn't render much fat.
  3. In a small bowl, mix the cheese into the beaten eggs, and grind some black pepper in as well.
  4. When the pasta is ready, drain and reserve 1 cup of the cooking liquid.
  5. Add the pasta to the skillet and toss, along with the egg and cheese mixture, and parsley. Continue tossing over medium heat, adding a little of the reserved pasta water, until the eggs are cooked and the sauce is silky and thick. Add salt (if necessary) and more pepper to taste.
  6. Serve with extra parsley and cheese as garnish.

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