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spam-bacon carbonara with mushrooms

★★★★★ 1
a recipe by
Dee Stillwell
Citrus Heights, CA

I have to admit to never making carbonara before, but have always wanted to. When this weeks ingredients were drawn in a cooking challenge, I decided it was time to try making carbonara. The ingredient requirements were Spam, noodles, and sour cream. We were to add three more ingredients. I added creamini mushrooms, cream cheese and eggs. among a few more "free" ingredients. The results were pretty darned good if I do say so myself. I hope u enjoy it as much as my family and I did.

★★★★★ 1
serves 4-6
prep time 30 Min
cook time 10 Min

Ingredients For spam-bacon carbonara with mushrooms

  • 1 can
    spam, cut in 1/4 inch cubes
  • 1/2 lb
    bacon cut in 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1/2
    of a large red onion
  • 2 c
    sliced creamini mushrooms(about 8 med size)
  • 5
    green onions
  • 4-6 clove
    garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp
    olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp
    red pepper flakes, crushed
  • 1/2 c
    chardonnay wine
  • 3 oz
    cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 c
    sour cream
  • 2 lg
    egg yolks
  • 2 lg
    eggs + one poached egg for the top of each serving (optional)
  • 1 c
    fresh grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 c
    pasta cooking water
  • 1/3 c
    flat leaf parsley, chopped
  • 3/4 tsp
    seasoning salt
  • 1/2 tsp
    fresh ground pepper
  • extra parsley & parmesan for the garnish
  • 1 - 12 oz
    bag whole grain noodles, i use ronzoni

How To Make spam-bacon carbonara with mushrooms

  • 1
    Chop and prep meats and veggies..set aside. While water is coming to a boil, mix up egg mixture, eggs & yolks, sour cream, cream cheese, parmesan cheese, parsley season salt,& pepper.
  • 2
    Boil pasta in large pot of salted water until a little more done than al dente. Reserve 2 cups of pasta water when you drain it. Whisk in approx. 1 cup pasta water into egg mixture. Poach or pan fry over easy eggs, 1 per serving of pasta and set aside.(optional)
  • 3
    In a large skillet saute bacon until crisp. Remove with spotted spoon and drain on paper towels. In bacon fat, saute cubed Spam until browned. Remove with slotted spoon. Set aside. In remaining bacon fat in pan, saute onions, mushrooms for a few minutes. Add garlic, green onions and crushed red pepper. Cook another 2-3 minutes...add a little EVOO if it needs it. Deglaze pan with wine and let reduce by half. Add Spam & bacon to the pan and a ladle of pasta water. Simmer for a few minutes until evaporated.
  • 4
    Add noodles back to pan with meats & veggies. toss to combine. Pour egg mixture over noodles..toss to coat and heat thru, about 1 minute. The hot pasta will cook the eggs so be sure not to overcook or you will scramble the eggs. Serve immediatly with a poached or over easy egg(optional) and additional parsley and parmesan on top. Enjoy!

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