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.
1Chop 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.
2Boil 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)
3In 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.
4Add 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!