Quick 15 minute Spaghetti Carbonara

Everyone loves an indulgent pasta dish, don’t they? Spaghetti Carbonara is one of those dishes that makes your body melt at the thought of it. It’s bacon, cheese and pasta. What’s not to love? Now I’m telling you, you can make this in 15 minutes?! Yes, you can.

A lot of these ingredients are long-life so you can do your weekly shop on the Friday and have this as the perfect meal for Thursday night. I use smoked bacon but you can use unsmoked or even sausages! Yep, sausages. Just remove the sausage skin, divide the sausage into 6, roll each piece into a miniature meat ball and fry up as you would the bacon. It’s so good!

Dietary Swaps. Make it YOUR carbonara.

If you want to make this dish dairy free, swap the parmesan for vegan parmesan or if you’re gluten free, swap the spaghetti for gluten free spaghetti or zoodles. If you wish to make this vegan, check out Vegan Avocado Bean Wraps or Cajun Veggie Stew because this recipe isn’t for you.

Quick 15 minute Spaghetti Carbonara

Spaghetti Carbonara made in 15 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 2 hungry people

Ingredients
  

  • 4 rashers smoked bacon diced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 200 g spaghetti dry
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup parmesan grated
  • 1 tbsp parsley dried or finely chopped

Instructions
 

  • Begin cooking the spaghetti as instructed on the packet.
  • Fry the bacon bits in a frying pan with the olive oil.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the egg, parmesan and parsley with 3-4 tbsp of water that the pasta is cooking in.
  • Fry the bacon until crispy. Turn off the heat but keep the pan on the hob.
  • Once cooked, drain the spaghetti and add it to the frying pan with the bacon.
  • Pour the egg mixture over the spaghetti and mix the contents of the frying pan together until the spaghetti is fully coated in the mixture. The left over heat from the pan and the heat from the spaghetti will cook the egg.
  • Serve with extra parmesan on top and a sprinkle of parsley.
Keyword carbonara, comfort food, Italian, Quick Dinner, Spaghetti

There you go, Quick 15 minute Spaghetti Carbonara, a fast way to satisfy those creamy pasta cravings. If you liked this recipe, you may also like: Garlic Prawn Spaghetti or Grandma’s Schnitzel Recipe for other comfort food recipes.

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Grandma’s Schnitzel Recipe

Grüß dich Readers,
(Which literally means “greet yourself”)

Some of you may be aware, I am 1/4 Austrian. No, not “G’day mate pop a shrimp on the barbie” Austrian. More like the people who brought you Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mozart and Swarovski crystals. What’s that? Hitler? No, we don’t associate ourselves with that anymore.


Moving swiftly on. My Grandma grew up in Austria and eventually met my Grandad and moved to England. She brought with her some wild stories of growing up in the mountains and some amazing recipes. I grew up spending a lot of time with her and watching her cook. I loved helping her in the kitchen and I learnt a few things along the way. Like, the secret to how she made everything taste amazing? A generous serving of salt and a shit ton of butter. A technique I still use to this day.


One of my favourite dishes she made was ‘Schnitzel with Noodles’. Traditionally, schnitzel is made with veal but that is super expensive. So my Grandma made it with pork but you can make it with chicken too! ‘Noodles’ in our family just means any kind of pasta. Usually on a Sunday lunch time, we would have Schnitzel (pork in breadcrumbs fried in butter and salt) with noodles (any kind of pasta, dripping in butter) and Grandma’s salads (which was lettuce, cucumber or beans that have been soaked in oil, salt and vinegar overnight). Sounds disgusting but I can assure you it was heavenly! Maybe not so good for the heart disease but we all knew we would die happy.

As I got older, I would help Grandma make huge batches of Schnitzel that she would keep in the freezer and cook up whenever she needed to. As I got even older, she would send me home with a pile of frozen Schnitzels to put in my freezer, so I would never be hungry. Now, I make them myself for my family. People always curse their Grandmas for not writing their recipes down. My Grandma did but her handwriting is so cursive, it’s unreadable. Beautiful, but unreadable (also, English was her second language so not a lot of it makes sense). So here I am, writing the recipe down. Who knows? Maybe my grandchildren will read this and make their family Schnitzel, unknowingly keeping a small part of their Austrian heritage alive.

So here it is! Grandma Nagele’s Schweinefleisch Schnitzel.

Grandma Nagele’s Schweinefleisch Schnitzel

My Grandma's Schnitzel Recipe
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Austrian, German

Equipment

  • Meat tenderiser
  • Frying pan
  • Chopping board
  • 3 small plates
  • Spatula

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tbsp Butter/vegetable oil
  • 4 Pork Chops boneless
  • 250 g Plain Flour
  • 2 eggs whisked with a fork
  • 300 g Breadcrumbs

Instructions
 

  • Heat butter/oil in a frying pan on a medium to high heat.
  • Set up 3 small plates. Use one for flour, one for egg and one for breadcrumbs.
  • Using a meat tenderiser, tenderise the pork chops (on both sides) until they are a flat oval shape.
  • Lay the pork chop on the plate of flour and turn it over until it is fully covered in flour (this is where it gets messy).
  • Once it is covered in flour, lay it on the next plate and coat it in the egg mixture.
  • Once it is fully covered in egg, lay it on the final plate and coat it in breadcrumbs.
  • Once it is fully covered in breadcrumbs, set aside.
  • Repeat these steps with the other pork chops.
  • Once your frying pan is fully heated, fry the schnitzel on one side until golden brown (should take 8-10 minutes).
  • Flip the schnitzel over until the other side is golden brown (8-10 minutes).
  • Repeat with the other schnitzels.
  • Ensure the schnitzel is fully cooked throughout and serve with 'noodles', chips or salad.
Keyword Breadcrumbs, Fried, Pork, Schnitzel

So, there you go! Schnitzel is an all year round dinner staple. Serve it with warm pasta in the winter or salad in the summer. Put chips with it and kids love it too. You can bulk make it and fry it up frozen when you need to. It’s nothing special but it will always hold a special place in my heart. Whenever I eat it, I am instantly transported back to lunch times with Grandma and excitedly waiting for my favourite meal or family holidays in Austria ordering Schnitzel at the local beer house and sipping my Dad’s Radler shandy.

I hope you make this recipe and enjoy it as much as I do. If you do try it out, let me know how it goes! Share with me on my socials, I always love hearing from you guys! And don’t forget to follow the blog and me on social media!

But for now, Pfiat di!

Garlic Prawn Spaghetti

My favourite, quick, 15 minute dinner. Also, this really satisfies my pasta cravings. It’s a great meal because you can keep the ingredients in the kitchen for whenever you need them! As a Mum, this meal can be a life saver. Even my 18 month old daughter loves this dinner so it’s doubley perfect!

I buy frozen, precooked king prawns because they’re cheaper and it cuts out a lot of time (plus, you can leave it in the freezer until you need them) but you can buy fresh ones. Just make sure that they’re cooked all the way through and fully pink. I also use lazy garlic (already chopped, in a jar and you can keep it in the fridge) but you can use fresh garlic. You can use either dried or fresh parsley or even chives. I always keep spaghetti in the pantry and butter and parmesan are always in my fridge. That’s it!

Garlic Prawn Spaghetti

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian

Equipment

  • saucepan
  • knife
  • cheese grater
  • colander
  • garlic press (optional)
  • Frying pan
  • Chopping board

Ingredients
  

  • 200 g king prawns
  • 250 g spaghetti
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 2 tsp chopped garlic (or 3-4 cloves)
  • 2 tbsp chopped parsley
  • 4 tbsp grated parmesan cheese (or however much you want)

Instructions
 

  • Begin to cook the spaghetti.
  • Defrost the prawns in a frying pan on heat (or begin to cook the fresh ones).
  • Drain the water away and place the frying pan back on the heat (medium) with the butter.
  • Allow the butter to melt amongst the prawns and add the garlic.
  • Stir fry for 3-5 minutes.
  • Remove the frying pan from the heat and stir in the chopped parsley.
  • Drain the cooked spaghetti and dish into bowls. Top with the prawns and melted butter and sprinkle with parmesan.
Keyword buttery, Garlic, parmesan, pasta dish, Prawn, Spaghetti

It’s really as simple as that! A simple, quick and life saver of a dinner idea. You’re welcome!

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Cajun Veggie Stew

I found this recipe recently and I thought I would share it (along with my alterations). This recipe is Vegetarian, Vegan and (most importantly) a one pot meal, making it perfect for a midweek meal you need to cook in a hurry or a simple comforting dish when the weather is, well, British. It’s packed full of veggies so it is perfect for kids. “My kids don’t like veggies”. Well, guess what, Karen, neither does my fiance. He is a big kid or a ‘manly man’ when it comes to food. It’s either turkey dinosaurs or lots of meat and failing that, lots of cheese but he actually liked this AND had seconds AND requested I made it again!

I find this is best served with warm crusty bread but you could serve it with rice. This recipe makes enough to serve 4. Being a one pot meal you will literally only need one large saucepan, a chopping board, a sharp knife and a sieve (if you want to rince your tinned chickpeas). That’s it!

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 450g sweet potato
  • 1 red onion
  • 2 bell peppers
  • 1 clove of garlic (I buy the jarred, already minced stuff because I’m lazy)
  • 1 tbsp Cajun seasoning (I buy the Schwartz one found in the spices aisle)
  • 400g tinned tomatoes
  • tinned chickpeas
  • 250ml vegetable stock
  • salt and pepper to taste

Method

  1. Cut sweet potato, red onion and bell peppers into bite sized chunks. Mince or finely chop the garlic.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a sauce pan and add the sweet potato, red onion and peppers.
  3. Sauté until softened then stir in the garlic. Cook for 1 minute.
  4. Add the Cajun seasoning, tinned tomatoes, chickpeas and vegetable stock. Simmer on a low to medium heat, stirring occasionally,  until the sweet potato is soft enough to your taste. This should take between 10-20 minutes.
  5. Season with salt and pepper and serve with warm crusty bread.

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It is literally that simple. I like to make a big batch of this so I can reheat it for lunches or make multiple dinners for my little one. You can add more Cajun seasoning to intensify the flavour or add chilli powder to give it a kick. It is so versatile that it will suit almost anyone’s tastes.


If you make this, I would love to hear how it went. Follow me on my socials and you can share pictures with me when you make this! Hope this has helped with the dreaded meal planning or a last minute “what do I make?” panic. Thanks for reading!

DIY Valentine Treats

Looking for something yummy this Valentine’s? Then look no further! I have everything you need for a romantic night in, a gift to share and those who hate V-day. These are also great if you’re having a ‘Palentines’ or ‘Galentines’ get together. If you make any of the following, please tag me in your creations on social media as I’d love to see how you recreate these.

Chocolate Strawberry Hearts

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Everyone loves chocolate covered strawberries on Valentine’s day. Why not make some for your valentine with a twist?

What you will need:

  • Strawberries
  • Chocolate
  • Pink Candy Melts
  • Toothpicks

Method

  1. Cut the tops off of the strawberries and cut in half.
  2. Arrange two halves into a heart shape (flat side down, points together). You may need to trim the edges to be more rounded.
  3. Push a toothpick through the two pieces of strawberry to secure them. Place onto greaseproof paper.
  4. Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl and drizzle over the strawberries until evenly covered.
  5. Allow the chocolate to set and remove the toothpick.
  6. Melt Candy Melts in a heatproof bowl and drizzle over the strawberries in a zig zag pattern. Allow to set.
  7. Serve immediately or refigerate until ready to serve.

Giant Valentine Cookie

This is the perfect gift! I make this everytime we decide to have a stay-at-home valentine’s. It’s so good to share in front of the TV. If you’re not very artistic and not sure how to decorate it, NO WORRIES! Melt some chocolate over it when it comes out the oven, add ice cream on top and it makes the perfect dessert.

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What you will need:

  • A batch of your favourite cookie dough
  • Royal Icing coloured red and white
  • Sprinkles

Method

  1. Create a batch of your favourite cookie dough. (I used a packet as it was quicker).
  2. Arrange cookie dough into a heart shaped pattern on a lined baking tray.
  3. Bake accordingly and allow to fully cool.
  4. Create royal icing (recipe below). Divide icing into two bowls and dye one of the bowls of icing red.
  5. Decorate the cookie as you would like. I think this looks particularly good with a traditional valentine message like ‘Be Mine’, ‘Will you be my Valentine?’ or ‘I love you’. Add sprinkles or other edible decorations.

 

Anti-valentine Biscuits

Not everyone likes Valentine’s day so if you’re one of those people (or you’re having a ‘Palentines’, this would also be fun) this is for you.

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To make the biscuits

You will need:

  • 100g sugar
  • 200g butter
  • 300g plain flour

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 160ºC/140ºC fan/Gas Mark 3 and line a baking tray with baking paper.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy (take care not to overmix).
  3. Slowly add the flour to the mixture until fully combined.
  4. Use your hands to squeeze the mixture together into a ball.
  5. Gently roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface. Cut your shapes out (I used a large heart cookie cutter). Place the biscuits onto the baking tray and chill in the fridge for 15 minutes.
  6. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
  7. Cool on a wire rack.

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To Decorate

You will need:

  • 3 egg whites
  • 500g icing sugar (sifted)
  • 3 tsp water
  • red food colouring

Method

  1. Whisk egg whites until white and fluffy with soft peaks.
  2. Slowly add the icing sugar 1tbsp at a time and mix thoroughly.
  3. Mix until the icing forms a soft peak on the whisk. Not stiff enough to stand straight but just loose enough for the point of the peak to slowly fold over.
  4. Seperate the mixture into two bowls. Dye one bowl of icing red and put half of the red icing into a piping bag with a small round tip.
  5. Carefully pipe a boarder around the heart biscuits and leave to set.
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  6. Add 1tsp of water at a time to the remaining red icing until it is slightly runnier. 
  7. Carefuly pipe the runnier icing onto the biscuits and use a toothpick to ensure the icing evenly flood the biscuit to the boarder.
  8. Once set, put white icing into another piping bag with a small round nozzle and pipe words in the centre of them. You can pipe any words. You could even make these like traditional candy hearts by using different colours and ‘lovey dovey’ expressions.

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I really loved making all of these and I can honestly say they are all delicious! Thank you for reading and please check out some of my other posts. I recently did a post you might like called ‘Super Easy Valentine Crafts To Do With Your Kids’, although to be honest anyone could do them!

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Super Easy Slow Cooker Chilli

Super Easy Slow Cooker Chilli

It’s that time of year, again! There’s a chill in the air, the nights are getting darker and winter is creeping in. What better way to warm yourself up in the evening than with some good old fashioned comfort food. This slow cooker recipe is so easy and has under 15 minutes of prep time, making this the perfect mid-week meal.

The only prep needed to do is brown the mince with some chopped onion and then bung all the ingredients into the slow cooker and leave it to do its magic. In this recipe, I’m using beef mince made from my auntie’s cows. She raises Dexter cows (which aren’t just delicious but amazingly cute) and I was lucky enough that she filled my freezer with beef. I simply defrosted the mince in the fridge the day before and browned it the morning I was going to use it. After the slow cooker has done its thing, boil up some rice and bish bash bosh that’s dinner sorted!

Top tip: If you want to save even more time (or you’re lazy like me) use frozen, already chopped, onion.

Top tip #2: Spray your slow cooker with oil (I use Fry Light) before adding the beef.

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Ingredients

  • 450g-500g responsibly sourced, free range, minced beef
  •  1 onion, chopped
  • 2 tbsp mild chilli powder (or to taste)
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 3 tbsp tomato purée
  • 190ml hot beef stock (I use OXO)
  • 400g tinned chopped tomatoes
  • 400g tinned red kidney beans
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

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Method

  1.  Brown beef mince in a frying pan and season with salt and pepper. Half way through cooking add chopped onion.
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  2.  Once fully cooked, add to slow cooker (do not turn on yet). Add chilli powder, smoked paprika, tomato purée, beef stock, chopped tomatoes, drained red kidney beans and Worcestershire sauce to the beef.
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  3. Mix together and turn on slow cooker to low. Cook for 6 hours stirring occasionally. Taste as it cooks and alter spices to personal preference.
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  4. Serve with rice and (optional) grated cheese on top.
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This recipe is so versatile and you can make it personal to you and your family’s taste. If you have any questions please feel free to comment below. If you’d like me to do more recipes, give this post some love and click the like button.

Sending good vibes!