Sunday, 6 February 2011


This is one of my favourite post-workout/comfort foods (I know, I should make a distinction between the two, but believe me, when you come home from a run or a spinning session and you've pushed yourself slightly too hard the boundaries get blurred).
Anyhow, this is one of those classic leftover-dishes that should stop being leftover-dishes and should just be eaten like every day!
Today's version had a mixture of pastrami and ham in it because we had all those leftovers from a board-game and pizza night yesterday (more about that tomorrow) and it worked just as well as a plain ham version does.

Pasta (you'll need less than you think you will, 100g dry pasta will feed a VERY hungry person)
Ham (30-50g per person will be more than enough, but if you're using leftovers just use as much or as little as you have)
Onion (I tend to use 1/2 an onion per person)
Eggs (I like using two eggs per person, but again go for whatever your fridge tells you to :) )

Boil the pasta.
After you've drained the pasta, heat some butter in a heavy bottomed pan. Cut the onion into fairly large pieces, aim for about 1/2 to 1 cm squares (if you're really slow when you're chopping things then I would do that before heating the butter) and sauté until they are lovely and glassy.
While the onions are sautéing away, cut the ham into pieces. Add the pasta to the onions, give them a quick stir (if you are using leftover pasta from last night, give them a minute or two to heat up a bit), then add the ham.
Crack the eggs into the pan and mix them in with everything else. Turn the heat down and cover the pan.
Give things a couple of minutes before you give them a stir.
The eggs should be non-glibbery at this point, otherwise give them another minute or two. I don't really care how much you like carbonara sauce, this is not what you're aiming for.
Season with some salt and pepper.
Turn up the heat for another one or two minutes so you get some nice and crusty bits before you pile everything onto plates.
Anyhow, I hope you'll all have a good start to your week, I am off to pretend to do some more work :)

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