Homemade Carbonara With Ham, Chicken and Pork Sausage

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Almost everyone might have already had a taste of pasta Carbonara, especially if Italian food is welcomed by their eager taste buds. Carbonara is a popular Italian dish made during the mid-20th century. The recipe uses pasta such as spaghetti, bucatini, rigatoni, or fettuccine. It usually features eggs, bacon, black pepper, and cheese. Traditionally, after the noodles are cooked, they are removed from the direct heat. While they are still very hot, the cheese, butter (cream or olive oil can be used), and eggs are added to avoid the coagulating effect of direct heat on the egg. The egg then helps bind the ingredients together in a creamy sauce. The pork or bacon, cooked separately in oil, is incorporated, giving more flavor to the dish. Over time, many pasta lovers have come up with their own versions of pasta carbonara.

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Ingredients

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    1/4 kilogram of pasta spaghetti
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    1/4 kilogram of chicken (breast part)
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  3. 3
    300 ml single cream
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    2 cups of skimmed milk
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  5. 5
    50 grams of ham
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  6. 6
    30 grams of cheese
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  7. 7
    100 grams of smoked pork sausage
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    1 small carrot
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    2 dried basil leaves
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    Salt and pepper to taste
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    Cooking oil
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    1 chicken broth cube or 1 tablespoon chicken powder
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    2 tablespoons of flour (optional)
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Steps to Prepare

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    Boil the chicken breast for 20 minutes.
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    While waiting for the chicken to cook, boil a generous amount of water, and add 3 tablespoons of oil and 3 tablespoons of salt.
    Drop the spaghetti in the pot to cook, constantly stirring to make sure the pasta won't stick into the bottom of the pot.
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  3. 3
    Slice the sausages at an angle.
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    Slice the ham into small cubes.
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  5. 5
    Shred the carrot thinly.
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    When the pasta is cooked to perfection, drain the water and set aside.
    DO NOT run under cold water. To determine if the pasta is cooked al dente, get out a string of the cooked pasta and taste it. If it is firm but chewy, it is good to go.
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    Once the chicken is soft, strain and let it cool for a minute until the heat is bearable.
    Shred into bite size pieces. You can use your bare hands or a pair of forks to shred. Set aside.
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Sauce Preparation

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    Put the chicken, sausage, and shredded carrots in a saucepan with oil and saute.
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    Add the single cream and skim milk, and continue stirring.
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    When it starts to boil, add the chicken broth cube and stir to dissolve.
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    Add the ground pepper and basil leaves according to your taste and stir.
    If you want the sauce to be a bit sticky, add flour and continue to stir until it comes to a full boil.
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  5. 5
    Turn off the heat.
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    Fry the chopped ham.
    Place on a plate lined with paper towel to absorb the excess oil.
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Serving Suggestion

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    Place a good amount of pasta on a dinner plate.
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    Pour over enough sauce on top of the pasta.
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    Grate the cheese and sprinkle it on top.
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    Sprinkle the fried ham on top of that.
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    Serve while hot.
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Note: Photos above are just sample brands of the ingredients. This does not mean that the same brands are needed in preparing this recipe. You can always change things according to what you prefer.

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Categories : Ethnic Foods

Recent edits by: Rafah Perlado, Lynn, Mian Sheilette Ong

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