Frugal Family Meal Planning · Recipes

Bacon & Pea Spaghetti Carbonara

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)

To Make;

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 180 degrees centigrade 
  2. Put the spaghetti in a pan of water to boil
  3. Put the peas into a pan of water to boil
  4. 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 
  5. Drain off any excess oil and place bacon pieces into a casserole dish
  6. Drain spaghetti and peas and add them to the casserole dish
  7. Add Carbonara sauce to the casserole dish and mix all ingredients together thoroughly so that everything is well-blended and covered in sauce
  8. Sprinkle the grated cheese on top of your dish
  9. Cook in the oven for around 20mins
  10. 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)
  11. Remove from oven and use a spaghetti spoon to serve.


And enjoy 😊 

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

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