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Spaghetti carbonara

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This classic Italian dish of spaghetti carbonara is quick to make with the eggs and cream combining to make the carbonara sauce for the pasta.

  • Serves: 6

  • Prep time: 5 mins

  • Cooking time: 20 mins

  • Total time: 25 mins

  • Skill level: Easy peasy

  • Costs: Cheap as chips

  • Child friendly
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Ingredients

  • 600g (1lb 6oz) spaghetti
  • 3tbsp olive oil
  • 2 small onions, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 200g (6oz) streaky bacon, chopped
  • 3 eggs
  • 200ml double cream
  • 75g (3oz) grated Parmesan cheese

Method

  1. Cook the spaghetti according to the instructions on the packet. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a pan and fry the onion and garlic until they start to soften, usually about 5 mins.
  2. Add the bacon and fry until the bacon starts to brown.
  3. Place the eggs in a bowl and beat. Add the cream and Parmesan, beat and season with black pepper.
  4. When the pasta is cooked, drain and and add the onions, garlic and bacon. Pour over the carbonara sauce and return to the heat for 1-2 mins, stirring all the time.
  5. Serve your spaghetti carbonara immediately with a green salad and some garlic bread if you fancy it.

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Nutritional information

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.

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