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Spaghetti Carbonara

Feb 6, 2012 by     1 Comment     Posted under: A to Z of recipes, Quick and easy recipes

Spaghetti carbonara

This is one of my eldest son’s favourite recipes. I’m not sure how healthy it is, but it is a very quick and easy meal – it takes about 15 minutes in total to make.

Serves 2 Preparation time 10 mins Cooking time 15 mins Cost £ 3.97

1. Boil a large pan of water (with ¼ teaspoon of salt).
2. Add the spaghetti to the boiling water and cook for 11 – 13 minutes (depending on how ‘al dente’ you like your pasta).
3. Cook the pancetta in a frying pan (but with no oil in the pan), over a medium heat until it is crisp  – it takes about 5 minutes, (if using slices of pancetta cut it into 1 inch pieces with scissors) then drain the pancetta on kitchen paper and keep it aside.
4. Heat the cream and Parmesan gently over a low heat in a separate large saucepan for about 5 minutes, then take the pan off the heat.
5. Add the eggs, garlic, parsley, pepper and salt to the cream and stir well (off the heat).
6. Drain the spaghetti as soon as it is cooked and add it to the sauce.
7. Serve immediately with crisp pancetta sprinkled on top.

200 g spaghetti
100 g pancetta (lardons or slices)
100 mls fresh double cream
80 g grated Parmesan
2 eggs (very fresh)
½ – 1 teaspoon coarse black pepper
¼   teaspoon salt
1 clove garlic (crushed)
½  teaspoon paprika (optional)
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley

Additional Information
It’s best to use very fresh eggs, as they are essentially raw in this recipe.
You could make this recipe a bit healthier by using organic wholewheat spaghetti!

Nutrition Information

Nutrition per 100g per portion RDA women RDA men RDA child
Polyunsaturates* 1.5 g 4.5 g
Mono Unsaturates* 6.6 g 20 g
Saturated Fat* 11 g 33 g 165% 110% 165%
Total Sugars* 1.6 g 4.9 g 5% 4% 6%
Carbohydrate* 25 g 77 g 33% 26% 35%
Energy 334 kcal 1030 kcal 51% 41% 57%
Protein 14 g 44 g 98% 80% 184%
Fat 20 g 63 g 90% 66% 90%
Fibre NSP* 1.1 g 3.5 g 19% 19% 23%

* Percentage Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet for an average adult.
Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Allergens: Wheat, Egg, Gluten, Milk

Cost per recipe:£ 3.97
Cost per portion:£1.98

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  • Glad you find it easy to follow!

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