My food cravings can lead me on some interesting adventures. Just ask my hubby! Once I crave something, there’s no turning it off. I may have to postpone it sometimes due to leftovers that have to be consumed or created, but after that I am on a mission. Last week I was craving chicken cordon bleu (there’s no rhyme or reason for my cravings). When I make chicken cordon bleu, I go to the deli counter to buy just the right amount of ham and cheese needed to make dinner. Last week, however, was back to school, so that meant the deli line was way too long for me. (Little known fact, I hate waiting in lines. Well, some lines, I have been known to gladly stand in line for two hours to ride a roller coaster!) The line dilemma forced me to buy whole packages of ham and cheese which I found out yesterday was a very tasty thing. Hint: It involves spaghetti and cheese!
Spaghetti Carbonara, the silky smooth pasta with eggs, cheese, and pancetta or bacon, is something I never get to make in our house with my egg hating hubby…until now. (But shhh let’s keep quiet on the egg bath!) My Fried Spaghetti Carbonara Balls, of course, have leftover ham and cheese, but the secret to its creaminess lies in the ricotta cheese.
See look at the creaminess and they haven’t even been coated and fried yet.
Want a bite?
Put your TO COOK IS TO CREATE thinking cap on: No leftover spaghetti? Use leftover rice or risotto-think Arancini. What other lunch meats could you use? Roast Beef, turkey, salami? How about using leftover cooked sausage cut into slices? Want to go meat free? Add in extra cheese. Have leftover broccoli or cauliflower? Give it a whirl in a food processor and add it to the spaghetti mixture. Want to add more flavor? Add grated Parmesan cheese to the spaghetti mixture. Want a heartier meal? Serve these with an Alfredo, tomato, or cheese sauce. Want to make them into appetizers? Just make the ham & cheese balls smaller and serve with Ranch dressing. Still have leftover ham and cheese? Make Baked Open Faced Ham & Cheese Rellenos or Club Sandwich Meatballs
Food Fun: I love sharing food waste tips on T.V. Did you catch my back to school episode? If not, find out what to do with leftover pancakes and why you should never throw away stale crackers or cereal! Watch it HERE