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This post was last revisited, repriced and updated in April 2018

Inspired by the Great British Budget Menu, I thought I would have a look at the Carbonara sauce recipe I use and see how much it costs. One of my favourite recipe books, and I have a few! is the Italian equivalent of Mrs Beeton,  The Silver Spoon (recipe herebook here) and it is the Carbonara sauce recipe from there that I use.

the pecorino is the defining taste of a carbonara, so if you can’t afford both cheeses, try and use the pecorino and add a splash of milk to replace the grana

If you have any, a crisp green salad is lovely with this – maybe some leaves from the garden if you are lucky enough to have one

Absolutely delicious! Spaghetti carbonara this authentic is wonderful. It’s much easier to make than many people think, using just basic ingredients and a couple of pans. Click To Tweet

Verdict

Absolutely delicious! Spaghetti carbonara this authentic is wonderful. It’s much easier to make than many people think, using just basic ingredients and a couple of pans.

Variations

I wouldn’t twiddle with this one at all. If you really must, try adding some well fried mushrooms or onions: chopped and steamed kale or dark cabbage: perhaps some peas, or a couple of big handfuls of frozen mixed veg that have been cooked.

Slimming World

The only ingredient that isn’t Free on SW is the cheese. You are allowed 30g of full fat cheese per day as your healthy extra A (HEXA). There are 20g per person in this, two thirds of your allowance, leaving some maybe for milk in tea and coffee

If you prefer to use Syns for the cheese, it would be 4 Syns per portion of carbonara

Serve with a nice big salad on at least a third of your plate. Cheap salad options include iceberg lettuce, cucumber, radish, sliced raw courgette, ribboned or spiralised carrot and beetroot. If you must have a dressing on it, vinaigrette is 1 Syn a teaspoon

With a huge salad, you might find you need less than the portion size here, making it even cheaper. Any leftovers are lovely for lunch the next day

Diet, what diet?

Spaghetti carbonara sauce recipe

carbonara sauce recipe

Spaghetti Carbonara

Pecorino is the secret to this authentic version
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Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 20 mins
Course: Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: budget meals, cheap family recipes, vegetarian
Dietary Requirements: Nut Free, Vegetarian
Servings: 2
Cost per portion 45p
Calories: 539kcal
Author: Thrifty Lesley
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Ingredients

  • 50 g cooking bacon chopped into small cubes 57p/500g – 6p
  • 175 g spaghetti 23p/500g, 8p
  • 1 egg box of 15, mixed weight, £2, 14p
  • 20 g parmesan 170g/£2.38, 28p
  • 20 g pecorino £2.30/150g, 31p
  • ½ tsp garlic from a jar, or a clove well chopped, 3p

Instructions

  • Boil the pasta in generous amounts of salted water.
  • Meanwhile, fry the bacon and garlic slowly in a pan
  • Once the pasta is cooked, not too soft, drain and tip it into the bacon pan, add half the cheeses and stir well.
  • The pasta will now be off the boil, add the beaten egg and stir well
    again. If you try and add the egg when the pasta is still very hot, the
    egg will scramble – nasty
  • Season with black pepper and tip into a serving dish or onto plates
  • Top with the remaining half of the cheeses and serve immediately

Notes

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I wouldn’t twiddle with this one at all. If you really must, try adding some well fried mushrooms or onions: chopped and steamed kale or dark cabbage: perhaps some peas, or a couple of big handfuls of frozen mixed veg that have been cooked.
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Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Spaghetti Carbonara
Amount Per Serving
Calories 539 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 116mg39%
Sodium 482mg21%
Potassium 275mg8%
Carbohydrates 67g22%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 24g48%
Vitamin A 238IU5%
Calcium 255mg26%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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