Easy Ham Carbonara
3 large Eggs
3 large egg yolks
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
5 1/2 ounces pecorino Romano cheese, grated (about 1 1/3 cups), divided
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
8-10oz smoked ham, torn into bite sized pieces
2 large shallots, thinly sliced crosswise into rings
1 pound spaghetti noodles
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh chives
Whisk together eggs and egg yolks in a small bowl until thoroughly blended. Stir in salt, pepper, and 1 cup of the cheese; set aside.
Heat oil in a large deep skillet over medium-high. Add ham and shallots, and cook, stirring often, until shallots are softened, about 6 minutes. Remove skillet from heat and set aside.
Cook pasta according to package directions for al dente. Using tongs or a spider, transfer pasta to skillet. Reserve 1 cup pasta water; let cool 2 minutes.
While whisking constantly, gradually pour the 1 cup reserved cooking water into egg mixture. Then slowly pour egg mixture into pasta mixture in skillet, stirring constantly with tongs.
Set butter and lemon juice in a small bowl alongside the stove. Place skillet over low heat, and cook, stirring and shaking skillet constantly, just until sauce is creamy and coats noodles, being careful not to overcook and curdle eggs, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat, and stir in butter and lemon juice. Divide pasta evenly among four warm bowls. Sprinkle evenly with chives and remaining 1/3 cup cheese.