Traditional Spaghetti Carbonara

Time: 15 mins

Difficulty: medium

Portions: 2

Another traditional Italian meal, perfect for a quick throw together using only 5 ingredients that you should already have in the fridge. Perfect for a quick dinner, last minute when you don’t have much to work with, yet it will still produce a fantastically delicious meal.


  • 3 rashes of bacon or pancetta
  • 2 medium sized eggs
  • 1 tbsp of oregano
  • 2 portions of spaghetti
  • 1/3 of a block of Parmigiano reggiano or pecorino cheese
  • 1 tbsp of butter


  1. As any chef would do, wash your hands and get all your ingredients out.
  2. This meal isn’t going to take long, so the first thing you need to do is boil a pan half full of water, throw in your dried spaghetti with a splash of olive oil and salt and set a timer for 10 mins.
  3. Next, slice the meat into thin inch long strips and put in a high heat pan with a table spoon of olive oil, season with pepper.
  4. Whilst your bacon is sizzling away, grate your parmesan into a bowl and put to the side.
  5. Keep stirring the bacon as it crisps up and once crispy, turn the pan down to a low/medium heat and add your oregano.
  6. Once your pasta is done, drain it and add it to the pan with your butter and half your cheese – give it a good stir.
  7. Continuing to mix and stir the pasta together, add the rest of your cheese and crack in your two eggs, making sure you brake the yolks with your spatula/spoon whilst mixing, take the  pan off the heat to make sure your eggs don’t overcook.
  8. Once you’re parmesan has melted and your egg is mixed in, simply portion it out into bowls and serve with a generous seasoning of black pepper and a pinch of salt.

Price List:

You should have most of these ingredients sitting in the fridge, however, for those who don’t here is a estimated price list for the things you might need to buy.

  • Small packet of bacon – £1.50
  • Box off eggs – £1
  • Packet of dried spaghetti – £0.50
  • Block of Parmigiano reggiano – £1.50

Total estimated cost – £4.50

Price per portion – £2.25

At a maximum, this will cost you £2.25 per portion and thats assuming you don’t already have any of the essential ingredients, for maximum taste and minimum time, that is perfectly worth it. Quick warning: don’t reheat this meal or put it in the fridge if it’s just you eating it, half the ingredient measurements.

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