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 under 20 minutes.
Mary | Everyday Cheapskate
dry or fresh, like fettuccini or spaghetti
2 - 3
reserved pasta water
Prepare pasta according to package directions (or use any kind of leftover pasta).
While pasta is cooking, mix seasonings together in a small bowl and beat the eggs in another bowl. Set both aside.
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).
Saute for 1 to 2 minutes.
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!)
Add the beaten eggs. Mix thoroughly, tossing it in the pan using tongs.
Add Parmesan. Toss and allow to cook for an additional 30 seconds. Serve immediately.
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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