The other day I was folding clothes while watching a show called “The Best Thing I Ever Ate” on the Food Network on TV. I love the Food Network, but it makes me crazy hungry! This particular episode was all about breakfast foods, and one chef described a breakfast pasta dish called Pasta Mama from a restaurant called Hugo’s in California.
It’s pasta, eggs, parsley, garlic, oil or butter, and a collection of dry seasonings. It sounded so good that I found myself at the computer just minutes later, scouring the Internet for the recipe. I found the recipe and a cooking demo video on the restaurant’s website! (So nice of them to share!) Click here to see the video.
I whipped up my own batch of Pasta Mama that night using some leftover cooked pasta we had in the fridge. We LOVED it! If you like pasta, I bet you’ll love this dish, too. It’s fast and easy. Enjoy!
5 oz. of pasta (about 1/3 lb. fresh or dry)
2 eggs, beaten
2 cloves minced garlic
2 tbs. chopped parsley
1 tbs. olive oil (or butter)
1 tbs. water
1 tbs. of fresh grated parmesan
1 tsp. dry seasonings
Dry seasonings mixture is 1/4 tsp each of the following: garlic powder, oregano, seasoning salt, onion powder.
1. Pull out, set up and prepare all ingredients for the dish.
2. Prepare pasta. Fresh takes 2 to 3 minutes; follow directions on packaging of dry pasta. (Leftover pasta can also be used. Add at same time as it is added below and warm in pan with 1 tbs. hot water before adding eggs.)
3. Turn on medium flame. Pour oil (or melt butter) in 10-inch saute pan.
4. Add minced garlic and 1 tsp. mixed seasoning; saute together 1 to 2 minutes.
5. Add parsley; add pasta with 1 tbs. hot water. (Make sure leftover pasta or cold pasta is hot before adding parsley or eggs.)
6. Add beaten eggs. Mix thoroughly.
7. Add parmesan, cook through and serve.
Variations: Pasta Mama has as many variations as you can imagine. Add any vegetables you would put in an omelet — other cheeses, sausage, bacon, chicken; adjust seasonings to taste.