If, like me, you’re a bit of a carb fiend and have a kitchen cupboard stocked with more pasta varieties than you even knew existed, this recipe is for you. As far as I’m concerned, you can’t go wrong with a tasty carbonara especially when it’s cheap, cheerful and on the table ready-to-eat in a matter of minutes.
- 100g dried tagliatelle
- 1 handful of grated mature cheddar
- Half a white onion
- 2 slices of unsmoked bacon
- 100ml double cream
- 1 clove of garlic (crushed)
- 10 button mushrooms
- 1 handful of spinach (optional)
- Black pepper
- Olive oil
PORTIONS: 2 – perfect for date night!
COST PER PORTION: £1.70
TIME TO COOK: 15 minutes
1. Slice the mushrooms, onion and bacon then add to an oiled pan with the crushed garlic. Meanwhile, place the tagliatelle in a saucepan, cover with boiling water and leave to boil on a high heat.
2. Sauté the mushrooms, onion, bacon and garlic on a medium heat until the bacon is cooked and the onion has softened.
3. Turn the pan down to a low heat, pour in the cream and simmer for 4 minutes.
4. Add in the cheese and spinach, season with salt and pepper and simmer for a further 4 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds or so. Hint: the spinach is optional and not traditionally found in a carbonara, but I always like to see a little bit of green in my meals! 5. By this point, the tagliatelle should be cooked – check that it has completely softened before draining off the water and adding to the creamy sauce mixture. 6. Mix in well, making sure the tagliatelle strands are broken up and the sauce is evenly spread throughout. 7. Taste and serve!
There you have it, a delicious dinner for two made in just 15 minutes! And, for any veggies out there, this dish is just as tasty without the bacon so let me know if you try this one out yourself in the comments below!
Bon Appetit, FOF