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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Summer Burrito Bowls Recipe

I love nothing more in the Summer than chilling in the garden, Corona (beer) in hand and chowing down on these delicious Burrito Bowls. You can add any toppings and I do dream of hosting a ‘Burrito Bowls’ party. Ya know, a table full of toppings people can pick from. Things like: cheese, jalapeños, red onion, avocado, hot sauce, tomatoes, peppers or bacon!

“Why put it in a bowl? Why not just make Burritos? Is it just some hipster trend?”

Maybe it is but I am a woman of quality over quantity and everyone knows, the best parts of burritos are the filling. Instead of cramming everything into a tortilla, just bung it in a bowl. You can eat more of the reason you eat a burrito and add extra bits without it compromising the ratio or the full-ness of the tortilla. It’s basic science, Karen. It maybe a trend, it may have started to reduce carbs in a diet but that doesn’t mean carb-lovers and non-hipsters can’t enjoy it!

“I don’t have time to create a Burrito Bowls salad bar for my family at dinner time.”

That’s ok, neither do I! Here’s some short cuts for you:
1. Buy microwave rice. Microwaved in 2 minutes. Saves washing up. Pop it in the microwave once you’ve finished making the chilli and *PING* rice is ready.
2. Buy jarred jalapenos, already grated cheese or frozen veggies. Defrost the veggies in the morning or in hot water while you’re cooking and add them to the bowl.
3. Don’t have time to cook chilli in the evening? Check out my Super Easy Slow Cooker Chilli. Set it up in the slow cooker that morning and when you come home, you’ll have beautifully cooked chilli ready to eat!

So here you have it, my Summer Burrito Bowl recipe. (You’re welcome, Karen).

Summer Burrito Bowls

A quick and easy Summer dinner recipe.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican

Ingredients
  

  • 500 g ground turkey (or beef)
  • 1 tin red kidney beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes
  • 1 sachet Swartz Chilli Con Carne Mix
  • 1 packet microwave rice or any rice you like
  • 250 g cheese grated
  • 1/2 red onion diced
  • 1 avocado stoned and sliced
  • 1 jar chopped jalapenos optional
  • Any sauces optional

Instructions
 

  • Brown the mince in a sauce pan with oil.
  • Once fully browned, add the kidney beans, chopped tomatoes and the contents of the Chilli Con Carne sachet.
  • Pour in 125ml cold water. Leave to simmer for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Microwave the rice.
  • Divide your bowl into two sections and fill one section with rice. Fill the other with chilli.
  • Top the chilli side with cheese. Top the rice side with red onion, avocado slices and jalapenos.
  • Drizzle hot sauce over the entire bowl.
Keyword avocado, beans, Burrito, burrito bowl, chili, Chilli, Easy dinner, mexican, Quick Dinner, rice, Summer

Obviously, the last two instructions are optional but that is how I assemble mine. I love spicy food! However, if you’re not a fan on spicy food, you could add sour cream or squeeze some lime over the top for a zesty and refreshing flavour. I keep meaning to add tortilla chips to this or Doritos on the side with some fresh salsa because I feel like that would accompany the bowl really well.

I hope this recipe becomes a new favourite for some of you because it is definitely one of my favourites! Don’t forget to follow me on social media and follow the blog so you can be the first to know when I upload next.

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Vegan Avocado Bean Wraps

Whether you’re vegan or not, this is a really yummy and quick dinner recipe. And, yes, Steven requests this dinner (so you know it’s good when it’s loved by a worshipper of meat and cheese). Another great thing about these vegan avocado bean wraps is that the ingredients are really cheap and easy to find anywhere. It’s not a vegan recipe that you have to go to a special wholefoods shop or vegan market. If you’re not vegan, you can add cheese or sour cream. I personally add quite a lot of chilli because I love spicy food but you don’t have to add any and it’s still delicious.

I used a tin of 3 beans but, if you are feeding a larger amount of people, I suggest you use a tin of red kidney beans and a tin of butter beans (or any beans you like) with 2 jars of salsa.

Vegan Avocado Bean Wraps

A quick, simple and cheap, Mexican-inspired vegan recipe.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tin mixed beans
  • 1 jar salsa
  • 1 bell pepper chopped
  • 2 tbsp chilli powder or however much you like
  • 2 avocados
  • 6 wholemeal wraps
  • 1 jar jalapenos optional
  • Any sauces you like (I like sriracha)

Instructions
 

  • Rinse the tinned beans and heat in a saucepan with the bell pepper. Add salt and pepper.
  • Once softened, add the jarred salsa.
  • Cook for a few minutes, then add the chilli powder. Stir thoroughly.
  • Meanwhile, cut the avocado into slices.
  • Assemble the wraps. Add the bean/salsa mix to the middle of the wrap. Lay avocado on top. Add chopped jalapenos (optional) and sauces. Fold like a fajita. Enjoy!
Keyword avocado, bean, mexican, salsa, vegan, wrap

This is perfect for a quick Summer meal or a Mexican themed get-together. You can add anything you like to this! Maybe you’d prefer fresh salad, cheeses, crispy onions, ranch dressing or maybe you make a mean guacamole. You can adapt this recipe to make your own and something the whole family will love!

If you are having a Mexican themed party, I highly recommend you check this out:

So this is the last recipe for June! How did you guys the Vegan Avocado Bean Wraps? Do you like the new recipes every week? Let me know what you think in the comments below or let me know on my socials! Thank you so much for taking the time to come to my blog. It really means a lot. I have so many new and exciting things for July, that I can’t wait to share with you guys. Keep your eyes peeled!!

June Recipes: Grandma’s Schnitzel Recipe
Fluffy Blueberry Pancakes
Garlic Prawn Spaghetti
Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins