A plate of gourmet-quality Pasta Mama from Hugo's Restaurant, West Hollywood, Calif.

A popular restaurant in West Hollywood, Calif., Hugo’s, has been critically acclaimed for one of its menu items, Pasta Mama.

The first time I heard about it, I thought it was a bit odd. Pasta with eggs? I couldn’t imagine what would prompt people to drive many miles to get Pasta Mama. But they do, saying, it’s the best pasta they’ve ever eaten.

A plate of gourmet pasta from Hugo's Restaurant, West Hollywood, Calif.

 

I had to try it, and as you might imagine, I love it. I would describe it to you here, but it’s indescribable—indescribably delicious, that is.

But I don’t drive to Hugo’s to pay $14 (plus tax and tip) for this dish. Instead, I make it myself, from scratch, following my copycat recipe. What a wonderful, simply satisfying dinner—or breakfast—entree.

Pasta Mama takes all of about 10 minutes from start to finish and feeds two for a total cost of about $1.50.


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At that price, you have little to lose if you try it and don’t like it, and chances are really good that you’ll love it.

In fact, I won’t be surprised to hear that you’ve added Pasta Mama to your family’s list of favorite meals. Serve it once a week and your grocery budget will love you.

[b]Pasta Mama[/b]
Author: Inspired by Hugo’s Restaurant
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 1 or 2 Servings
People drive for many miles to enjoy Pasta Mama at Hugo’s, the famed restaurant in West Hollywood, Calif. Here is a quick, easy and super cheap way you can save the trip and make it yourself in just 10 minutes.
Ingredients
  • 5 ounces pasta, dry or fresh (like fettuccini or spaghetti)
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon seasoning salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil (or butter)
  • 1 tablespoon hot water (or pasta water)
  • 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan
Instructions
  1. Prepare pasta according to package directions (or use any kind of leftover pasta).
  2. While pasta is cooking, mix seasonings together in a small bowl and beat the eggs in another bowl. Set both aside.
  3. Pour oil (or melt butter) in a 10-inch saute pan. Add minced garlic and the entire amount of seasoning mix (should be 1 teaspoon total).
  4. Saute for 1 to 2 minutes.
  5. Add parsley; add hot pasta right out of the cooking water along with one tablespoon of hot water. (If you are using leftover pasta, make sure it is hot!)
  6. Add the beaten eggs. Mix thoroughly, tossing it in the pan using tongs.
  7. Add Parmesan. Toss and allow to cook for an additional 30 seconds. Serve immediately.
Notes
[i]Variations:[/i] Pasta Mama has as many variations as you can imagine. To make it Pasta Papa, add any vegetables you would put in an omelet—other cheeses, sausage, bacon, chicken; adjust seasonings to taste. Enjoy!

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Question: Is there a dish you make at home that’s a dead ringer for a popular, pricey restaurant dish? Oh, please share!

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Original 2-13-2015; Updated 3-15-2019

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