Broken Pasta with Mushroom, Onion, and Crispy SPAM

I love crispy SPAM, caramelized onions, and button mushrooms. The idea of this recipe is to have them all in one dish! Sprinkle some more Parmesan cheese and black pepper on top to serve.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
45 mins


  • (8 ounce) package bucatini (dry)

  • (12 ounce) can fully cooked luncheon meat (such as SPAM®), cut into small cubes

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided

  • ¼ teaspoon crushed black peppercorns

  • 1 onion, sliced

  • 1 tablespoon white sugar

  • 6 mushrooms, sliced

  • ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning

  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter

  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

  • 1 (1 ounce) slice mozzarella cheese, cut into small cubes


  1. Break each piece of bucatini into 4 pieces.

  2. Toast luncheon meat with 1 tablespoon olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Add crushed peppercorns and cook until meat is crispy, about 5 minutes. Set aside.

  3. Heat remaining oil in another pan over medium-low heat. Cook onion, covered, until soft, 5 to 7 minutes. Add sugar; cook, stirring every 2 to 3 minutes, until onion is very soft and browned, 10 to 15 minutes.

  4. Meanwhile, fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil. Cook bucatini at a boil until tender yet firm to the bite, about 5 minutes. Drain.

  5. Add mushrooms, Parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, red pepper flakes, salt, and black pepper to the pan with the onions. Stir and cover. Cook until mushrooms shrink and lose some moisture, about 5 minutes. Add butter; cook until flavors meld, about 3 minutes more. Add the crispy meat and Parmesan cheese. Stir.

  6. Drain pasta and stir into the mushroom mixture. Add mozzarella cheese. Increase heat to high and cover pan. Cook, stirring occasionally, until pasta develops a light crust, 3 to 5 minutes more.

Cook's Note:

You can use another kind of long pasta. The amounts of olive oil and seasoning (salt, pepper, dried Italian seasoning, pepper flakes, garlic powder, and crushed peppercorns) are just approximation. Use as much or as little as you want (or need).

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

303 Calories
20g Fat
22g Carbs
10g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 303
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 20g 25%
Saturated Fat 7g 34%
Cholesterol 34mg 11%
Sodium 513mg 22%
Total Carbohydrate 22g 8%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 10g
Vitamin C 3mg 16%
Calcium 103mg 8%
Iron 1mg 8%
Potassium 243mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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