Ham and Shrimp Carbonara

I love a good creamy sauce over pasta. Anything creamy, along with butter, and often the two go hand in hand, will always capture my attention, and my taste buds. Again, I had just a little ham left over, and only a few shrimp, not enough of either for a full meal for the two of us, but by combining the two, we had more than enough for a couple of meals each.

A carbonara sauce Pasta Carbonara with Ham and Vegetables is a lighter version of an Alfredo sauce. Shrimp and Vegetable Alfredo. Both are delicious, and I do variations of both of them all the time. Almost always, my creations include pasta and vegetables. One of the most popular modern twists to a traditional carbonara sauce is made with either bacon or ham and peas. Fine by me. I love all those ingredients, and eat them all quite often. I also added mushrooms, which are another favorite of mine.

My ham was already cooked, so I cooked the shrimp in hot olive oil and a dash of butter, then added the rest of my ingredients for this quick and tasty meal. Look closely. You’ll see my little helper, who isn’t so little any more. 🙂

After all my ingredients were cooked, I added the the carbonara sauce. I like to combine my cream and egg yolks together, which also kinds of acts as a tempering agent so my eggs don’t scramble. I also added my Parmigiano cheese and salt & pepper and combined everything, then let it all cook down at a low simmer for about 10 or so minutes.

Once the sauce is ready and the pasta is cooked, it is time to spoon the sauce over the pasta and enjoy. !Mangia!

Live life. Enjoy and stay safe and well. ‘Til next time.


Author: ajeanneinthekitchen

I have worked in the restaurant and catering industry for over 35 years. I attended 2 culinary schools in Southern California, and have a degree in culinary arts from the Southern California School of Culinary Arts, as well as a few other degrees in other areas. I love to cook and I love to feed people.

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