Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Vanessa McNeil Rocchio
Hands-on Time
30 Mins
Total Time
30 Mins
Makes 4 servings

Hearty, not heavy, is key in this savory Italian meal of Country Ham Carbonara. Serve this one-dish pasta  immediately for the best flavor.

How to Make It

Step 1

Cook pasta according to package directions; drain, reserving 1 1/2 cups hot pasta water.

Step 2

Cook ham in hot oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat 4 to 5 minutes or until crisp. Remove ham, reserving drippings in skillet. Drain on paper towels.

Step 3

Sauté shallots in hot drippings 3 to 4 minutes or until tender. Stir in garlic; sauté 1 minute. Add reserved pasta water to shallots and garlic; bring to boil. Stir in hot cooked pasta, and remove from heat. Stir in egg yolks, 1 at a time.

Step 4

Reduce heat to medium, and cook, stirring constantly, 2 to 3 minutes or until creamy. Remove from heat; add cooked ham, Parmesan cheese, and remaining ingredients. Sprinkle with additional Parmesan cheese, if desired. Serve immediately.

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Ratings & Reviews

Naturespacer's Review

September 28, 2014
This was very delicious! Better than an olive garden entree if you do it right!

Momma Bush's Review

Momma Bush
October 22, 2012
Easy meal to prepare... It was delicious, everyone enjoyed the meal.

AmyNJames's Review

June 30, 2012
Great weeknight meal that the whole family enjoyed.