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Pasta Carbonara

There are 3 slices of home made bread per person allowed for this meal. If this is too much, keep the extra aside for another time. I keep my bread in the freezer, so it’s always fresh. Separate it with pieces of cereal box inner, greaseproof paper etc



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pasta carbonara

cheesy bacony goodness, mop up those juices!
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Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 20 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: budget meals, cheap family recipes, pasta
Dietary Requirements: Vegetarian
Servings: 4 servings
Cost per portion 26p
Calories: 961.96kcal
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  • 90 g cheddar cheese
  • 10 g grana padano
  • 100 g bacon cooking bacon
  • 400 g pasta
  • 50 ml vegetable oil
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp garlic powder

To Serve

  • 12 slices home made bread from your baking this week


  • Cook pasta until al dente.
  • Whilst it boils fry tiny pieces of bacon in 50ml oil.
  • Drain the pasta, reserving 100ml of the cooking water. Add the water back to the bacon pan, stirring to dissolve all the bacon juices.
  • Add the pasta to this, and then the cheese and garlic. Stir until all the penne is coated with cheesy bacony sauce.
  • Serve with 3 slices homemade bread each, to mop up the juices.


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Nutrition Facts
pasta carbonara
Amount Per Serving
Calories 961.96 Calories from Fat 295
% Daily Value*
Fat 32.81g50%
Saturated Fat 18.95g118%
Cholesterol 41.83mg14%
Sodium 702.72mg31%
Potassium 303.5mg9%
Carbohydrates 132.9g44%
Fiber 5.49g23%
Sugar 3.03g3%
Protein 31.82g64%
Vitamin A 244.97IU5%
Calcium 224.07mg22%
Iron 5.05mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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