Strange Eats: Recipe: Pasta Carbonara

in #food3 years ago


A few years ago, my mum made me a super delicious carbonara pasta with Parma ham. However, due to her condition, she can neither remember her recipe or coherently explain it to me. Thus, to replicate it in some fashion, I decided to blend together what I remember of the dish with Jamie Oliver’s recipe as a ‘skeleton’. Thus, I think this combination makes my recipe somewhat original and interesting. I added in a lot of ingredients that weren’t present in Oliver’s version as I wanted to make the pasta extra rich without making it too saucy.


  • Leek
  • Mushroom (I used portabello, white button and some brown mushroom. It was under a 3-in-1 package)
  • Garlic
  • Onion
  • Pasta (Any kind will do. I would prefer not to do it with angel hair as it is pretty brittle)
  • Parmesan
  • Mozzarella
  • Mascarpone
  • Egg Yolks
  • Lemon Zest
  • Lemon Juice
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Olive Oil
  • Parma Ham (Or Bacon)
  • Butter
  • White Wine


  1. Chop up your leeks into 2 cm segments. Thinly slice your mushrooms. Mince your garlic and onions.
  2. Boil your pasta in salt and olive oil until al dente. When it is done, drain the pasta but reserve some pasta water. Set aside with a little drizzle of olive oil.
  3. Mix a bowl of lemon zest, juice, egg yolks, parmesan, mozzarella and mascarpone. Add some pepper for some extra heat. Reserve some of the cheeses for later.
  4. Heat some butter on a pan that can hold all your pasta.
  5. Add garlic and onions, cook till fragrant but not burnt.
  6. Add mushroom and leek. Cook until all the juices come out. Then, add a splash of white wine. Continue to let it cook until all liquids reduce by about 70%.
  7. Add Parma Ham and cook till lightly browned (or crispy)
  8. Add your pasta and toss it. Let it soak up all the flavours.
  9. Take your pan off heat. Add in the egg mixture and stir it all up. The reason behind taking it off heat is to ensure you get an egg sauce and not scrambled eggs.
  10. Add more cheese, pepper and salt to taste.
  11. Serve with soup or salad! Enjoy!

The resulting pasta was absolutely delish! The carbonara sauce came out extremely creamy but not too saucy. Having the different kinds of mushrooms helped to give this dish an extra flavour boost (even if minimally). The real kicker is of course the Parma Ham as every spoonful of pasta with the ham in it takes the taste to the next level! This dish was definitely a success!

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This is part of the Strange Eats series where I share recipes and food reviews! Feel free to check out my other recipes in this series:
Apple Risotto
Beef Wellington by Gordon Ramsay
Braciola di Maiale con Pasta Aglio Olio
Cauliflower Cheese
Family "Flavourite" Lasagna
Fisherman’s Pie
Grandmum's Honey Baked Salmon
Honey Glazed Pork Chop
The Perfect Steak
Shepherd's Pie
Stout Beef and Cheese Pie by Jamie Oliver
Honey Glazed Lamb Rack

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Although it is a relatively ‘common’ dish, it’s surprising how inconsistently it can be prepared. the use of egg yolks over cream is a great idea.

I think that is the thing about many italian dishes. It is rarely consistent because everyone has their 'la ricetta della mama'. So, each dish, regardless of how common it is can have different ingredients based on their family recipe.

It looks wonderful :-) You make me hungry!

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Nice one dude!! Coincidentally, I'm having cabonara pasta right now :D

Oh! What a pleasant coincidence!

very Italian of you to make use of egg yolks instead of heavy cream. The 3 kinds of mushroom indeed gives it an extra woodsy flavor but agree that ham gives carbonara its distinct taste.

Haha, the base of the recipe is Jamie Oliver's so the egg yolks were his idea. More mushrooms at least makes it so that it won't just have a singular mushroom taste (even if the benefit is minimal)

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It is so long since i had carbonara. I still remember the first time I as introduced to it back in 1996 by a friend. I was hooked and that one was a frozen meal, obviously the fresh is better. Thank you for this recipe I will have to try it, best thing is its only me who likes pasta in the house all the more for me.

Go ahead and go for it! If you do make it, make sure to steem it haha!

You make me wanna have carbonara again even though I had it yesterday dsfghkjdsf

You may have had it yesterday but the pasta's in the pasta!

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This sounds absolutely delicious!!!!! When i saw leeks, garlic, onions - I was thinking... ok! this is a great recipe already!!! LOL

yum yum yum!!!

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