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Monday, August 24, 2009

Pasta Scramble

There's this show that's currently on Food Network called "The Best Thing I Ever Ate" or something along those line. A recent episode dealt with breakfast dishes and one of the Chefs featured was Susan Feniger (Owner of Street, here in LA). The dish she mentions is this pasta dish called "Pasta Mama." I can't remember from what restaurant it's from, but for you LA people, if you know what I'm talking about please let me know what restaurant it's from.

Anyway, it's basically spaghetti mixed with scrambled egg. It's not egg that's been cooked then mixed into the pasta. It's egg that been cooked into the pasta. I found this to be really interesting, so I decided to try and recreate this dish on my own. I haven't tried the original, but I'm sure it's fantastic.

My version consists on penne rigate. I boil the pasta to al dente then cook it in a skillet, similar to pan-frying noodles, but not quite. Then I mix in the raw scrambled egg and stired to cook it as well as coat the pasta. I added some herbs and parmesan to the mix as well. It's so good. I had this for dinner. Who said breakfast as to be in the morning? For this dish, I'd say at least 2 eggs per person.

I served it with a side of fresh cherry tomatoes that I tossed in a tiny bit of olive oil and salt.

Serves 2.

Pasta Scramble

1/2 box penne rigate
4 eggs
3 Tbsp grated parmesan (plus extra)
extra virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp dry or fresh basil
1 Tbsp dry or fresh oregano

Note: 2 eggs per person

Mix the egg with the parmesan and lightly season with salt.

In boiling water, cook the pasta until al dente. Roughly 9-10 min. Drain and lightly coat with some olive oil.

In a skillet, heat a little more olive oil and add in the pasta. Right after add in the egg mixture. Stir occasionally to mix the egg into the pasta and to cook it as well. Once the egg looks cooked, add in the basil and oregano. Toss for another minute.

Serve warm.


Heather S-G said...

That sounds pretty good....pasta con huevos, LOL! I've scrambled many-a-thing with pasta, but never eggs. I'll have to try it...another intriguing dish :D

Anonymous said...

That would be a perfect dish for my daughter and me when my husband is out of town (no eggs for him, but we would love this!).

figtree said...

How come I didnt think of this?? Im making it tomorrow morning!Figtreeapps

Unknown said...

Well its certainly interesting lol. I do love pasta and i do love eggs, so I guess I'd be up for it :D.

Parita said...

Pasta scramble is so unique and simple..dont know why i never thought about this before :)

LK- Healthy Delicious said...

hm. very interesting.... not sure if i love the idea or hate it, but if its the best thing someone ever ate, I guess it has to be good. lol! I guess its sort of similiar to a carbonara, but not.

Andrea@WellnessNotes said...

This is totally different from my "normal" pasta dishes. It's going on my "make" list! :)

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

That looks good. That's what my carbonara usually ends up looking like... :) Perhaps I should make this on purpose sometime!

chow and chatter said...

oh eggs and pasta this is cool

vanillasugarblog said...

oh yes this does sound good. I'm assuming you liked it? I must try this with a hint of heat too and red peppers.

Unknown said...

I love this show - I've seen a few episodes, but not this one. This pasta looks great!

Kim (@ Paper Apron) said...

I started reading and my mouth started watering. It's still breakfast time over on my side of the country and now I'm craving eggs and of all things....pasta?!? Love it!

Pam said...

So creative and tasty...I would never have thought to cook egss with my pasta. Looks really good.

Bob said...

Holy crap, I'm making that asap. Looks amazing!

nicole said...

Sometimes the simplest dishes are the most satisfying. This looks like perfect weeknight comfort food!

Diana said...

I think it actually might be Pasta Papa from Hugo's in WeHo. I've never had it there, but I love Hugo's pumpkin pancakes and Asian chicken salad. It's a great place for brunch on the wkends.

Phyllis said...

LOL, pasta scramble is what I end up with when I screw up pasta carbonara!! I could eat this anytime - breakfast, lunch or dinner :)

Jenn said...

Girlichef: LOL.

5 Star: Great for anytime of the day.

figtree: LOL

HH: Why not put both together, right?

Parita: ;-)

LK: Yeah, pretty similar

Andrea: Coolios

Jen: hehe...

C&C: Thanks.

Dawn: Oh yeah, I liked it.

ValleyWriter: It's a good episode.

Kim: hehehe...I think you should make this soon.

Pam: Thanks.

Bob: ;-)

Nicole: I totally agree.

Diana: I think you may be right. I've got to check the place out!!

Jenn said...

Phyllis: haha...well then you can definitely make this.

Anonymous said...

Wow, so interesting. I've had eggs stir-fried with rice, of course, but never pasta.

The Duo Dishes said...

Egg in the very different. We're so curious what restaurant this could be! Sounds like a fun thing to order. Also: Have you been to Street? It's a fun experience!

Daily Spud said...

I looked at this post and thought, pasta cooked with egg, yeah, why not? Certainly worth giving it a try, that's for sure.

Reeni said...

This sounds interesting and delicious with all that parmesan and the fresh herbs! Never thought to mix pasta with scrambled eggs. I can't wait to try it!

Christo Gonzales said...

interesting - very interesting - now I have never been a fan of susan feniger which makes me not a fan of her dishes but if you say its good I will take your word for it!

Anonymous said...

I watch The Best Thing I ever Ate, too! Aaron Sanchez always recommends things I like. Eggs plus pasta sounds wonderful!

lisaiscooking said...

That sounds great for any time of day! In fact, it's making me quite hungry right now.

Sasha said...

Oh wow! My mom's been making this for breakfast for years! She makes it the day after we have pasta for dinner.
It's delicious : )

Denise said...

OMG, my kids would inhale this. I have to try it ASAP.

Jenn said...

Tastyeats: You should try this version.

Duo: I haven't been to street yet but I've heard quite a bit about it. Would love to go there some time.

Daily Spud: Two things you wouldn't really consider putting together and it works.

Reeni: Hope you enjoy it.

Doggy: This is really good. The original dish comes from a restaurant in Horth Hollywood here. Nothing much to do with Feniger's cooking.

Hummingbird: Aaron has awesome suggestions. I just want to try all of them.

Lisa: hehe...

Sasha: Cool. It's a really good dish.

Denise: I'm sure they'd enjoy this.

Donna-FFW said...

What a great idea. Perfect for my kiddos. They love pasta, love scrambled eggs, voila, instant delicious kids meal.

tavolini said...

I'm intrigued by this! Never had it before, but I'm a fan of eggs with pretty much everything :)

theUngourmet said...

This is so cool! I want to give it a try! I have everything I need right now! :p

EricRiveraCooks said...

This is too weird. We have to stop thinking alike. The technique you're using comes from the traditional pasta carbonara. If you want more of a rich taste just use egg yolks and dump the whites. I made this in class last week and I made it for myself at home last night.


Nutmeg Nanny said...

Oh man this sound neat! I bet it tasted delicious:)

theUngourmet said...

I had leftover penne so I just made this for a late breakfast but I tossed with butter. Yum! I am now addicted to this!

Jenn said...

Donna: They would love this.

TavoLini: Give it a try. You'll love it.

Eric: LOL. Thanks for the tip on the egg yolks. I'll give it a try next time.

Nutmeg: It did.

Ungourmet: I'm glad you liked it. Nice touch with the added butter.

pigpigscorner said...

This sounds really interesting..and pasta for breakfast? yuuuum! This reminds me of how I cook my fried rice.

kamran siddiqi said...

This pasta scramble looks simple and delish! And eggs? I likey! I've gotta try this! :D

Jenn said...

pigpigscorner: I cook my fried rice in a similar way, too.

kamran: It's Super easy to make!!

OysterCulture said...

Nothing better than a good pasta scramble. Love the combo, come to expect that originality from you

Jenn said...

Oyster: Thanks.

Heather S-G said...

I just made this!!! It is rockin' my world delicious :D

Jenn said...

Girlichef: woohoo...I'm glad.

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Sophia said...

Looking forward to trying this, as I mismeasured some pasta, and wound up running out of sauce before running out of pasta, and was looking for something a bit more than butter and Parmesan, but a bit less intimidating than carbonara, and this looks like a good solution. Might try a few red pepper flakes as well to give it a little spice

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