Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Spaghetti Carbonara

This is an easy family favourite that I fall back on when I only have 15 minutes to spare.  And it's delicious!

Ingredients (serves 4)
1 onion, peeled & chopped
200g mushrooms, sliced
2 courgettes, grated
1 clove garlic, peeled & chopped
500g spaghetti
2 eggs, yolks only
150ml milk
150ml single cream
60g cheddar cheese, grated
80g ham, diced

Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a large frying pan and cook the onion for 5 mins until soft.  Add the mushrooms and courgettes and cook for around 5 mins more.  Finally, add the garlic & cook for just a minute. 

Meanwhile, you can put your spaghetti on to cook for 10 mins (or whatever the packet recommends).

In a bowl, briefly whisk the egg yolks with the milk, cream and half the cheddar cheese. 

Drain the spaghetti when ready, and add it to the frying pan.  Stir in the ham & cream sauce and cook for 1-2 mins until everything is warm and cooked through (do this on a relatively high heat but keep moving it).

Serve immediately with some freshly ground black pepper and the remaining cheddar cheese sprinkled on the top.

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