Quick Creamy Pasta

Thanks to Sainsbury’s for showing me this basic, easy carbonara sauce that I’ve been able to use time and again with a variety of different added ingredients. I tried out the Sainsbury’s feed your family for £50 campaign a few weeks ago and this recipe was a winner both in terms of how easy it was to put together and how great it tasted.

I’ve supplied the basic recipe below and then each time I cook it I add different main ingredients to make it a new dish every time. For example, today I added parma ham, some cooked spinach and peas. Another time I added a tin of salmon and some rocket. This is one recipe to have in your repertoire for a last minute meal or with a little forethought it makes a delicious main course for a dinner party.

Serves 4:

Ingredients:

  • 350g spaghetti
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, peeled & finely chopped
  • 1 tsp mixed herbs
  • 2 eggs, yolks only
  • 150 ml milk
  • 150 ml single cream or creme fraiche
  • 60g Cheddar cheese, finely grated

*As explained above add to the ingredients list some of your own choices such as ham, peas, cherry tomatoes, maybe tinned salmon. The list goes on, be creative.

Method:

  1. Cook pasta according to instructions on packet.
  2. Heat oil in a large saucepan, add the onion and mixed herbs, cook until soft. Add to this any of your chosen ingredients, in the picture above I added parma ham (which once cooked is deliciously crispy), peas and some defrosted spinach.
  3. Pour into a bowl the egg yolks, milk and cream, whisk together and mix in half the grated cheese.
  4. Drain the pasta pour into the saucepan with the onions, add to this the creamy mixture and stir well together.
  5. On a low heat stir the sauce and pasta for 1-2 mins.
  6. Serve with ground black pepper and sprinkle over the remaining cheese.

I guarantee this is a meal both adults and children will enjoy.

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