- 4 cups of cheese Tortellini
- 1/2 finely sliced onion
- 4 cloves of garlic (minced)
- 6 Tblsp unsalted butter
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 2 anchovies (filets)
- 2 eggs
- 1/3 chili pepper with seeds (finely sliced round)
- 2 cups of sliced portabella mushrooms
- 1 cup of thick bite size lean ham pieces
- 1 quart of heavy cream
- 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
- Parsley (chopped handful)
- Salt and pepper
- Boil water and cook the tortellini for about 7 minutes if frozen then drain.
- Melt the butter on a large hot pan along with the anchovies.
- After about a minute add the onions, the garlic, and the chili pepper.
- Once the onions start to caramelize add the mushrooms, the ham, and a couple of Tblsp of extra virgin olive oil.
- Break two eggs in the pan and break them apart mixing into the sauce.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Let it cook for about 3 minutes.
- Add the heavy cream and the parmesan cheese. You can add more cheese if you'd like. I used about 1/2 cup.
- Heat for another two minutes on medium heat stirring frequently.
- Add the tortellini to the sauce and cook another minute.
- Once you remove the pan from the heat add the parsley and serve in a bowl topped with fresh cut tomatoes and parmesan cheese.
This dish reminds me of my dad. When we came to America he used to work in an Italian restaurant where he learned about a lot of dishes. He used to make something similar to this all the time for us when we lived in NJ. I modified it somewhat but the principle is still the same. You can use any pasta you like. I just happened to have tortellini and it worked out great! The ham and mushrooms are also optional. I just love the combination but you can use chicken breast or shrimp too! Either way this is a crowd pleaser! The amount I made is good for 6 people. Definitely garnish it with fresh tomato because it helps break down the strong heavy sauce. The chili pepper gave it a great kick and provided a surprise fusion taste to what seems to be an Italian dish. Make it tonight! You're gonna love it! Just remember to season your food!