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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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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