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Last night we were searching around my apartment looking for any ingredients we could use to feed all five of us. Of course we all had pasta, as any college student does, but we also found eggs, bacon and parmesan so we decided to put together some spaghetti carbonara. Spaghetti carbonara is one of my favorite low-cost meals, there are so few ingredients but you always end up with such delicious hefty portions.

Here’s the recipe we used:

Adapted from a recipe by Chef Andrea Consoli

Ingredients: (serving 5 people)
– 500gr spaghetti
– 4 eggs, beaten
-1 clove garlic, chopped
– 4 oz./400gr diced bacon
– 3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
– Coarse salt
– Cracked black pepper
Bring a pot of water to a boil and cook the spaghetti as instructed on the package.
Meanwhile, dice the bacon into small pieces.
Whisk the eggs together and keep them aside until the pasta is done.
In a large frying pan over medium-high heat, stir in the bacon and the garlic with extra virgin olive oil and cook until it starts to brown.
Reduce the heat to low and stir in few grains of cracked black pepper.
On a side note, do not try to fit this much pasta into such a small pot, it will not work, luckily we salvaged the meal but there was a lot of burnt pasta in the process.
When the pasta is cooked, drain it and add it to the frying pan with the bacon mixture. Turn off the heat and stir in the eggs and cheese to coat the pasta.
Season your dish with salt and garnish with pepper and serve immediately.Note: make sure to save some of the pasta cooking liquid to add if the carbonara starts to dry out.
We ended up with the perfect amount for five people and despite a few cooking difficulties it turned out really well.