Remember that huge trayful of eggs? We’re not finished with them yet! We had quite a number of meals of fried eggs (once with fried Spam in a sandwich) and then luxurious scrambled eggs drizzled with truffle oil, all on toast. We actually went through those eggs quite quickly due to their diminutive size – I’d gladly take another trayful but the chickens are growing and so are the sizes of their eggs. No more bargain egg trays for the rest of the year.
I came across this recipe for fried eggs and spaghetti on Mark Bittman’s blog in my initial search for egg recipes and made it one night for dinner, tweaking it by keeping the garlic and adding another breakfast classic, bacon. Why not? Bacon and eggs, go together like a horse and carriage… or something like that. It’s kind of like a carbonara but with more of an eggy chew, I reckon. Anyway, this meal comes together in about 10 minutes – once again good for late weekday nights.
Bacon and Fried Egg Spaghetti
4 rashers bacon (any kind you want), finely chopped
4 small eggs (or 3 large)
2 cloves garlic, minced
a good pinch of dried chili flakes
salt and freshly ground black pepper
a small handful of flat leaf parsley, minced
Set a pot of water to boil for the spaghetti.
Heat a saute pan over medium heat and add about two tablespoons of olive oil. Fry the bacon until it’s almost done to your liking and add in the garlic and chili flakes. Continue stirring as it cooks. When the garlic just starts getting a bit of colour, turn off the heat.
In a separate frying pan, heat enough olive oil to fry an egg or two. Fry the eggs one or two at a time, taking care to keep the yolk fluid – so sunny side up or over easy are both good. Add them to the bacon pan when done and continue with the rest of the eggs. Salt and pepper the mixture.
Salt the now boiling water and get your spaghetti cooking. When it’s done, add it to the pan with the bacon and eggs, along with the parsley. Stir the whole lot together, breaking the fried eggs up in the process, allowing the yolks to coat the spaghetti strands. Add a little of the pasta cooking water to help with the stirring and some extra virgin olive oil for extra flavour. Serve.