Prep 8 mins
Cook 15 mins
An alternative to the famous Carbonara. This is a recipe that I put together just for fun and it has been used over and over again by many cooks who want to cook something special for their guests.
- 500 g good quality ham steaks
- 1 (285 g) can asparagus spears, in brine
- 1 (300 g) can cream
- 1 (500 g) packet fettuccine pasta
- 2 eggs
- 30 g grated parmesan cheese
- olive oil
- cracked black peppercorns
- ground paprika
- Dice the ham steaks.
- Brush frypan with olive oil and gently cook ham until slightly golden.
- Drain any excess liquid.
- Drain asparagus, chop into bite size pieces.
- Add cream, half a teaspoon of paprika and asparagus to ham and simmer.
- Do not boil.
- Remove from heat.
- Meanwhile, bring pot of salted water to boil and add fettucine.
- Crack eggs into bowl and add parmesan cheese and half teaspoon of cracked peppercorns.
- Whisk egg mixture until egg drips off whisk.
- Do not overbeat.
- Drain cooked fettucine and reserve.
- In the pot place two level tablespoons of butter and warm until the butter begins to bubble.
- Add fetticine and toss until butter disappears.
- Add egg mixture and toss fettucine quickly to get an even coverage.
- Add cream mixture and keep tossing fettucine so that all ingredients are well combined.
- Serve on warm plates and garnish with basil and a sprinkle of grated parmesan.
- The secret is to keep the heat low and work quickly to produce a great result.
YUM! I prepared this for the family that I cook for- who love ham, and asparagus. It was just delicious. Kept me on my toes, too, with the metric measurements! Made for PAC 2007.
I have no idea why this recipe has not received more reviews, it is a STUNNING TASTY meal, unlike anything I have tasted before. I have cooked it with fettecine and tortellini, and it is beautiful both ways. I did use diced ham cut into bite sized chunks rather than those horrible bought ham steaks and it was delicious. It is quick, easy and something that I cook in my regular rotation. Thank you for sharing such a winning recipe. :)