A quick and easy carbonara sauce with a little pesto goes a long way! Add a little prosciutto on top and you've got a delicious meal. This pesto carbonara with crispy prosciutto is exceptionally good and comes together in under 30 minutes!
I love this recipe because it's not only flavorful, but it's quick. With being a new mom, I need meals that are quick and easy and don't require too many steps. This pesto carbonara with crispy prosciutto is just that. Good, easy, and comes together in under 30 minutes.
It merges a carbonara sauce with pesto which makes a delicious a pairing. Add a little crispy prosciutto and whoa, you've got this super impressive meal at the blink of an eye. And honestly, after the holidays and all of the cooking I did - I could use an easy recipe for the rotation this week.
what is carbonara?
Carbonara is an Italian dish that consists of egg, salt and pepper, parmigiano reggiano cheese and or pecorino cheese, and guanciale. It tastes very smooth, a bit salty, and subtly cheesy.
This recipe for pesto carbonara with crispy prosciutto is not the traditional carbonara, however, it has several components of a traditional sauce with a bit of a twist. For the carbonara sauce used in this recipe, I used parmesan and asiago. Also, because I couldn't find guanciale, I used prosciutto. All of the ingredients come together exceptionally well and I'm so excited for you to try this recipe!
how do you make pesto carbonara with crispy prosciutto?
First crisp up the prosciutto in the oven by adding it to a baking sheet and putting in the oven for 6-7 minutes.
Whisk together egg yolks, cheese, pesto, thyme, and salt and pepper in a large bowl. and Boil the pasta (I used bucatini, but you can use spaghetti), reserve about a ½ cup of pasta water and drain the pasta. Add pasta to the pesto carbonara sauce and ensure the noodles are coated in the sauce. (the heat from the pasta will cook the sauce)
Break apart the prosciutto into pieces and sprinkle on top of the pasta.
what type of pesto do i need?
For this pesto carbonara with crispy prosciutto recipe, I used Barilla's Pesto. If you'd like to make your own, you of course can. However, for the sake of time, I used an already prepared pesto.
what type of pasta should i use for pesto carbonara with crispy prosciutto?
I would recommend using long pasta such as spaghetti, angel hair, bucatini etc. The carbonara sauce hugs this pasta shape extremely well making for deliciousness in every bite.
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