As you all know I tend to not make fancy meals every day of the week. Most of the time, I'm more inclined to make a quick meal such as macaroni and cheese, or pasta with parmesan cheese. If I'm with Brian, I'll do something like "add chicken". With Jeff, we often added hot dog and ham to things. BUT, Carbonara pasta is -supposed- to have ham... okay, okay, pancetta. But come on, I love ham. I actually tend to like it better than pancetta because often pancetta has thick piece of fat on it, and I really, really dislike chewy things. It's a texture thing. So, ham it is. I can get lean ham, I can make lean ham, and it is all salty and sweet and tasty. Mm.
So, this pasta is just carbonara. It's super easy. And I kind of got the idea of making it goopy from the Sims. Yeah, I know, lame, but come on-- goopy carbonara?! How good does that sound? It's GOOPY!
Please also forgive me for my terrible pictures. Sometimes, I can take good ones. Sometimes, I can't. It depends on the dish, the lightning, the day, and how much time I have and how hungry I am. That's just the way the cookie crumbles. As for the recipe below, I sort of wing things like this, so I have to vaugely remember how I made them. I hope if it's remade by any of you readers, you'll tell me if it seems correct and what you may have done different. If I make it again, I'll try to make it specific to this recipe and will see if there's any changes I need to do. (Might be too much parmesan, hmm).
Goopy Carbonara.... approximately
1/4 cup cooked chunks of ham
1/4 cup frozen peas, heated
1/2 package angel hair pasta
1 tablespoon butter
1 1/2 teaspoon olive oil
1 tablespoon flour
1/4 cup milk, cream, or combination there of.
1/8 tsp (or less) freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 tsp cajun seasoning
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 onion, chopped
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
salt and pepper
Boil the pasta in salted water as per directions on package.
In a medium skillet, heat the butter and olive oil until combined. Mix in the flour to create a roux, and cook into light golden. Add the cream, onion, garlic, and spices. Bring to a simmer and stir until thick. Add the parmesan cheese. When the angel hair pasta is done, drain well and fold into the cream sauce with ham and peas. Top with pepper, cajun, extra parmesan, or whatever you wish.