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Spaghetti Carbonara

This easy carbonara recipe has just 5 ingredients is as simple as cooking pasta and bacon. Your meal will be from fridge to table in less than 30 minutes.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Bacon, Pasta
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Author Skint Chef


  • 4 eggs 52p (13p each)
  • 100 ml double cream 32p, 0.32/100ml
  • 50 g parmesan plus a little extra for on top if required 5p, 10p/100g
  • 300 g bacon sliced £1.25, £4.17/kg
  • 3 garlic cloves crushed 9p, 3p/bulb
  • 500 g pasta 20p, 40p/kg
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Crack the eggs into a bowl, then add the cream, parmesan and pepper. Whisk with a fork and set to one side.
  • Start to cook the pasta as per the instructions on the packet and cook ¾ of the way, until al dente.
  • Meanwhile, heat a little oil in a non-stick pan on a medium heat. Sautee the bacon for 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for a further 3 minutes.
  • Drain the pasta, add to the bacon and garlic, stir through and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat and mix in the egg/cream sauce.
  • Serve immediately, top off with parmesan and enjoy with garlic bread.


Total cost £1.19, 30p per serving
Figures are correct at the time of calculation. Prices are based on a generic, mid price range supermarket, choosing their own value brand.