Poor Man’s Spaghetti

Spaghetti-carbonara-su-1598630-l The cupboard was bare last night, so I reached for old faithful–Spaghetti Carbanara. My DH and I fondly call this dish Poor Man's Spaghetti or Depression Spaghetti.

Here are the ingredients you need:
Spaghetti noodles
Bacon (usually have in the freezer)
Dried parsley
1 or 2 eggs
Parmesan cheese

I improvise the method depending on my mood. (Basically, more bacon and more cheese if tired and seeking comfort.)

Here's the summary: Cook your noodles and fry the bacon. Drain the noodles and quickly mix in the egg and parmesan cheese while the noodles are hot (so the egg is cooked) and while the stove top is still on. Stir in crumbled bacon, some bacon grease (gasp!), and dried parsley. Presto! You've got dinner in record time.

If you're a recipe-stickler, try Sunset's version (pictured above). It calls for a few extras–white wine, garlic, olive oil–but is pretty close to my pared-down version.

You'll be surprised at how un-pantry it tastes. Please post any favorites you have. Since I'm usually cooking for two, I love these type of non-recipe recipes (another gasp!) ….

Happy cooking.



  1. Cate O’Malley

    Spaghetti Carbonara is a perfect go-to weeknight dish for us, one that everyone can agree on. And really, everything is better with bacon.

    May 27, 2009 at 8:11 pm
  2. Erin

    My husband called this “my kind of spaghetti”. He doesn’t like tomato based sauces, so when I saw this, I knew I already had all the ingredients on hand, and wanted to test this on him. We threw together this and lovely salads in less than 30 mins and gobbled it up. Delicious!

    June 1, 2009 at 10:29 am
  3. Jennifer Middleton Richards

    Erin – You just made my day. Glad you gave it a try, and it was a hit.

    June 1, 2009 at 10:32 am
  4. Jollibee Philippine website

    My friends cook me this recipe.And i love the taste.

    July 30, 2009 at 8:47 pm

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