Easy Spaghetti Carbonara

Easy Spaghetti Carbonara

Things I have learnt from uni so far:

  1. Do not boil pasta in a kettle (thanks for that one Ivo).
  2. Banana and pasta is not a bad combination, but equally I would not recommended it.
  3. You can have too many chilli flakes in tuna pasta.
  4. There’s nothing you can do to pasta that will make it taste bad. Apart from puree it.

Ok so, I’m not cooking for myself this year at uni, but I am getting to cook for myself at the weekend! I thought would be this really cool thing to look forward to but apart from my experimental pumpkin pie (fyi a golden syrup bottle does not work as a rolling pin!) I’ve returned to just making a LOT of pasta. As this seems to be a uni staple I thought I’d represent one of m’ faves on here.

There seems to be something at Oxford called the 5th week blues, which is basically the wave of sadness and despair that hits everyone just after the half way mark in the term. Having just blindly walked into too much to do, with the words ‘do not over commit’ ringing strongly in my ears as I continue to over commit myself, I turn to a big bowl of this to solve all my problems. 5(ish) ingredients, 2 pans, easy to portion. What’s not to love?


Serves 2

Time: 10-20 minutes (depending on how quickly your spaghetti cooks)


  • 4 Rashers of Bacon (or 2 slices of ham)
  • 8 Chestnut mushrooms (or one large closed cup mushroom)
  • 50g Dried spaghetti
  • 300ml Double cream
  • 50g Cheddar cheese, grated
  • A few leaves of fresh basil (optional)


  1. Take a large sauce pan and put over a medium-high heat. Chop the bacon into strips with scissors into the pan and fry until cooked through and crispy.
  2. Meanwhile chop the mushrooms into rough slices (or dice it if you’re using a large mushroom). Add the mushroom to the pan with the bacon. Fry for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally until the bacon is crispy and the mushrooms have shrunk.
  3. Whilst waiting for the bacon to crisp up, put a pan of water on a high heat to pre-boil for the pasta. Once boiled add the spaghetti and a pinch of salt. Stir once and then leave the pasta to boil to the packet’s instructions (about 10 minutes).
  4. To finish off the sauce pour the cream over the bacon and mushrooms. Then add the grated cheese and stir until the cheese has melted. Leave on a low heat to warm the cream through and simmer gently, but do not boil.
  5. Drain the spaghetti once it’s ready and then add it to the sauce. Mix everything together and then serve with fresh basil!

Thanks for reading!

Emma x

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