Spaghetti alla carbonara

Recipe #13: Spaghetti alla carbonara

  • 500g of Tesco organic spaghetti (56p)
  • 250g of Tesco unsmoked back bacon (£1.23)
  • 284ml of double cream (59p)
  • 60g of Tesco finest grated parmesan (£1)
  • 6 Tesco organic medium eggs (£1.45)

The cupboard staples...

Olive oil and black pepper.

Total cost

If you already have the cupboard staples, then according to, this trolley was cheapest at Tesco, where it came to just £4.83!


This is a classic and beautifully simple dish - surely everyone in the family enjoys spaghetti alla carbonara? And it's cheap. This is also made the Italian way.

  • Firstly get the spaghetti cooked, al dente of course. I would say 100g of spaghetti per person - so 500g.
  • Now get a little olive oil in a fry pan and gently fry off the bacon until crisp. This will take about 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Get a bowl and whisk together the eggs (4 egg whites and 6 yolks), cheese and cream - season with a little salt and lots of black pepper.
  • The spaghetti should be cooked by now. So drain and put back in the saucepan. Add the bacon (including the oils) and cream, cheese and egg mixture. You'll need to stir a lot here so all the spaghetti gets coated.
  • Serve with some garlic bread and happy eating!


  1. I really like the fact that you tell where you get the ingredients from (Tesco /Asda etc)as it makes my shopping so much easier!! Thanks!