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Friday, July 5, 2013

Pasta with Peas and Salami in Carbonara Sauce

Feeding kids is quite a challenge. My sons both hate eggs in any form, but they love pasta.  While my  youngest is extra picky, the eldest is a bit easier when it comes to  eating vegetables.  I finally  tried my hand making Carbonara  sauce , even though I was a bit afraid the eggs wont be cooked. But you know what, it turned out  pretty good and tasted delicious.  My eldest didn't give a second thought when he ate it all up,  although my youngest wanted a bit of salami with each pasta he ate. 
Recipe: Pasta with peas and salami in Carbonara sauce

Penne or elbow pasta
1 large egg beaten
1 big handful parmesan cheese ( about 1/3 of a cup )
100ml cream ( I used whipping cream)
1/2 cup frozen green peas
1 small tin of beef luncheon meat , thinly sliced and then cut into strips or use salami slices from the deli
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
salt and pepper

Bring a large pan of water to boil , season generously with salt. Once it boils add pasta , give a stir and cook until al dente'. During the last 5 minutes  add the frozen peas and  cook them till the pasta is cooked.

While the pasta cooks  ,  place cream, egg,  and parmesan cheese in a measuring jug or small bowl and mix well.  Season with a tiny bit salt and generous  helping of black pepper. Set a side.

Heat a frying pan with a little olive oil,  fry your salami slices,  and  garlic and stir fry for 1-2 minutes, tossing now and then so the garlic doesn't burn.

Drain the pasta, reserve about 1/2 cup cooking water. Quickly transfer the pasta and peas into the frying pan of  salami mixture and toss to mix. Place over the lowest heat possible.

Quickly pour the  cream mixture into the pan, toss quickly, if it seems too thick add some of the  pasta cooking liquid. Don't  cook for too long, the heat will cook the eggs but you don't want visible bits off eggs. Toss 2-3 times to coat everything and switch off. Let it settle for 1 minute and serve as soon as possible.


  1. HIIIIIII!!! Nammi
    Good to see you post again! The pasta looks satisfying and very tasty.

  2. wow so rich and creamy pasta...

  3. great to have you back this looks delicious your a fab mum hugs Rebecca

  4. I love carbonara! This sounds like a delicious dish, Nammi.

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  6. I don't know a single child who does not enjoy pasta carbonara. This is a super-friendly kid dish. Your version looks awesome.



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