Hurry-Up Ham Carbonara Recipe

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This pleasing pasta from Romona Parris of Marietta Georgia will satisfy your taste buds and your pocketbook. "Try adding frozen peas or sliced mushrooms for even more flavor," she suggests. Priced at 96 cents a plate, it's bound to make regular appearances at your table.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1 package (8 ounces) angel hair pasta
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup cubed fully cooked ham
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup stick margarine, melted
  • 2 egg yolks, beaten
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 582 calories, 34g fat (8g saturated fat), 133mg cholesterol, 873mg sodium, 48g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 20g protein.


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, saute the onion in oil. Add the ham, broth and margarine; heat through.
  2. Drain pasta; add to ham mixture. Add egg yolks; cook until the eggs are completely set. Sprinkle with parsley and Parmesan cheese; toss to coat. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Hurry-Up Ham Carbonara in Quick Cooking January/February 2002, p10

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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bjsilve0 User ID: 172187 33372
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2011

"Very good as written. I did increase the amount of ham to 1½ cups."

z461 User ID: 5554144 82555
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2010

"This was extremely bland- had very little flavor. It needs garlic at least to save it! As written, this recipe is not worth making again."

foodfave User ID: 2810972 58146
Reviewed May. 9, 2010

"I have made this recipe many times and we really enjoy it. We've reduced the oil and butter by half and it's still quite tastey!"

mykeepsakes User ID: 4910565 58128
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2010

"I'd seen different versions of this recipe, but this one has most everything one would have on hand. Spicing it up with garlic a bit is a good idea. Maybe a bit less veg. oil next time. I will make this again and again!"

nvthiele User ID: 30753 34493
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2009

"This has been a favorite recipe of ours since I first saw it in the magazine years ago! Made as is, it is a mild flavor so over the years I have added some addition of garlic and chili pepper to our liking. Can't believe no one has ever rated this recipe... its a keeper!"

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