As part of our ongoing series on Frugal Family Meal Planning, today’s recipe is a quick, cheap, family favourite, Bacon & Pea Spaghetti Carbonara.
This meal costs just £3.35 in total to make, so for our family of 7, that works out at just 48p per head.
For this recipe, you will need;
- 500g of Cooking Bacon (we use Tesco’s Woodside Farms Cooking Bacon at 60p)
- A garlic baguette (Tesco Everyday Value 170g Garlic Baguette, 32p)
- 100g grated cheese (we use half of a 200g block of Tesco Mild White Cheddar at £1.40, so cost for this meal is 70p)
- Approx. 300g peas (we use one third of a 900g bag of Tesco Everyday Value Frozen Garden Peas at 69p, making this meals portion 23p)
- 500g spaghetti (Tesco Everyday Value Spaghetti, 20p)
- Approx. 645g of Carbonara Sauce (we use 1 and a half jars of Tesco Carbonara Sauce 430g at 79p per jar, making one meals portion cost £1.19, we just keep the other half a jar for the next week when we’ll make it again and only need to buy one more jar)
- Pre-heat your oven to 180 degrees centigrade
- Put the spaghetti in a pan of water to boil
- Put the peas into a pan of water to boil
- Heat a little cooking oil in a pan then using a pair of kitchen scissors, cut the cooking bacon into small pieces and add to the pan, removing any unwanted bacon rind
- Drain off any excess oil and place bacon pieces into a casserole dish
- Drain spaghetti and peas and add them to the casserole dish
- Add Carbonara sauce to the casserole dish and mix all ingredients together thoroughly so that everything is well-blended and covered in sauce
- Sprinkle the grated cheese on top of your dish
- Cook in the oven for around 20mins
- Bake garlic baguette at the same time as the Carbonara dish (they usually take around 12mins, so I will put ours in about halfway through cooking the Carbonara)
- Remove from oven and use a spaghetti spoon to serve.
For us, this is a meal that the entire family enjoys so is always clean plates all round.
I have tried to find a good, cost-effective recipe for making my own Carbonara Sauce, but always find the individual ingredients cost more than the ready-made jars, so, for us, this is the cheapest way of making this meal, but if you have any great, low-cost sauce recipes, please feel free to share in the comments x