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Quick and Easy Recipes: Spaghetti Carbonara

Updated on June 5, 2018
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Classic Spaghetti Carbonara Dish

This is what a classic spaghetti carbonara looks like. You can see the vibrant colour that the egg yoke gives to the spaghetti.
This is what a classic spaghetti carbonara looks like. You can see the vibrant colour that the egg yoke gives to the spaghetti. | Source

Easy Spaghetti Carbonara

This article is one of a number of simple recipe ideas that I was inspired to write whilst travelling around Australia and New Zealand for a few weeks. We found that we could buy just a few 'store cupboard' items and make a whole weeks' worth of simple, tasty meals.

These recipes are useful to anyone who is looking to cut back on their weekly shopping budget but still wants to eat home-cooked, healthy meals each evening and is equally as useful to someone who will be planning to spend time in a caravan or campervan.

Of course, it's not all about price and the constraints of travelling. Not everyone likes to spend ages slaving away at the stove of an evening after a hard days' work. All of the recipes that I write about are simple, quick and easy to prepare. And all very tasty and nutritious.

So lets dive into this awesome spaghetti carbonara recipe. This is a really quick and easy recipe that is perfect for dinner. It takes literally 20 minutes and only uses five ingredients (plus oil for frying) and you'll likely have most, if not all, of these ingredients in your fridge / store cupboard so there's no need to trudge out to the local shops and spend a fortune.

5 stars from 2 ratings of Spaghetti Carbonara

Quick Dinner Recipe: Spaghetti Carbonara

This recipe shows you how to cook spaghetti carbonara the proper Italian way, and not the rich, sickly way that you get it in most restaurants where it's made with double cream or creme freche. Trust me, this way is much better and it has a lot less calories and fat content!

When I'm at home I like to use quick dinner recipes and quite often these will be quick pasta recipes. It's a very quick and easy recipe that uses few ingredients and takes no time at all. When I set out on a month-long trip in a campervan last year this was one of the first dishes that I thought of making whilst on the road. You can use smoked or unsmoked bacon in your spaghetti carbonara. I prefer smoked but my girlfriend insists on unsmoked. Each to their own!

Quick and Easy Recipe

Such a quick and easy dinner recipe that it can be cooked when camping
Such a quick and easy dinner recipe that it can be cooked when camping | Source

Quick Dinner Recipe Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 20 min
Yields: Makes 2 servings of delicious Spaghetti Carbonara

Spaghetti Carbonara Ingredients

  • 200g Spaghetti Pasta
  • 2 Rashers of Bacon (chopped)
  • 3 Eggs (yoke only)
  • 1 Onion (finely chopped)
  • A handful Parmesan
  • A splash Cooking Oil

If I may, I would make a couple of suggestions to the above ingredients. Firstly, try to get fresh spaghetti if it is available but there absolutely no harm in using dried. Secondly, I would strongly advocate the use of organic eggs if you can get them. I home I normally use free range eggs (never caged) but with this dish the yoke is an important part of the meal so you want the best quality eggs that you can find. Organic taste better, trust me!

Quick Dinner Recipe Instructions: Spaghetti Carbonara

  1. Bring a pan of water to the boil and boil the spaghetti for 10 minutes until cooked. Add salt if required. When cooked, leave to stand in the hot water.
  2. Heat the oil over a medium heat and fry the onions gently until they become translucent.
  3. Add the bacon and stir well. Continue frying until both the bacon and onion is cooked.
  4. Drain the spaghetti and stir into the hot pan. Fry for a further 2 minutes.
  5. Turn off the heat and gently stir in the egg yokes. You don't want to scramble the eggs, the aim is to simply coat the pasta as much as you can.
  6. Sprinkle over the parmesan. Stir once and serve immediately. Add more parmesan to the dish as desired.
  7. Eat it. Love it!

And there you have a simple, tasty Spaghetti Carbonara. Bon appetite!

Cooking While Camping

This is such a quick and easy recipe that I even cooked it outdoors in a park in Australia.  It was still ready in only 20 minutes and tasted just as good as if I was at home!
This is such a quick and easy recipe that I even cooked it outdoors in a park in Australia. It was still ready in only 20 minutes and tasted just as good as if I was at home! | Source

Spaghetti Carbonara Calories and Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1
Calories 455
Calories from Fat225
% Daily Value *
Fat 25 g38%
Carbohydrates 37 g12%
Sugar 3 g
Protein 23 g46%
Sodium 589 mg25%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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      peachy 

      5 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      camping trip can never be same again without spaghetti. Normally camping trip meals are easy to prepare like sandwiches, tacos and baked meals. Cooking is new to camping. Voted useful hub

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