MTT: 10 Minute Spaghetti Carbonara

November 1, 2017
10 minute Spaghetti Carbonara - Microplane

Although I’m a good cook (and a modest one, eh?) I’m pretty lazy when it comes to the kitchen. Unless I’ve got a slow Saturday afternoon of culinary processes planned, speed is of the essence. When it comes to cooking I like to get in, get out and get fed: quick food, without compromising on taste.

Which is why I think it’s important to spend money on quality tools in the kitchen that make speedy cooking achievable. A KitchenAid, Global Knives… you name them, I use (and love) them. 10 minute Spaghetti Carbonara - Microplane 10 minute Spaghetti Carbonara - Microplane

Microplane is one such kitchen genius brand that makes my life that much easier.

I was given my first Microplane grater as a Christmas present by my dad, the only chef I know who’s almost as good as me, and I was a bit disappointed at first. Hello Dad, it’s Christmas, where’s my Jo Malone loot?!

He had the last laugh though, and promised me I’d be thrilled as soon as I got over myself and had a go with my new tool, and he was right: my Microplane soon became a kitchen staple.

Made in the USA, Microplane blades are photo-etched and ultra-effective (i.e. watch those fingers!). The sharpest tools around, they grate with absolutely no effort and optimal results, with the brand having 50 years’ experience in photo-etching technology.

I use mine in various recipes almost every day, so I was thrilled when Microplane sent me an few more from their range to have a go with (scroll down to win them yourself!).

10 minute Spaghetti Carbonara - Microplane 10 minute Spaghetti Carbonara - Microplane

As a garlic lover I generally eat at least one clove a day in one form or another, and using a Microplane saves so much hassle (and stinking fingers): I used to chop my garlic which was always a nightmare, leaving big chunks of it in my food where I got bored of chopping.

They’re also brilliant for cheese grating and take up zero dishwashing room – the massive A graters being so cumbersome and ineffective – as well as for citrus fruits and shaved chocolate.

10 minute Spaghetti Carbonara - Microplane Microplane (available at John Lewis or Steamer) asked me to use their range of graters to create one of my favourite family recipes so I chose the quickest that I whip up on a regular basis for me and the kiddos: the 10 Minute Spaghetti Carbonara.

This really is the speediest family meal, taking just as long as it takes to fry up some bacon. I save even more time using my Microplane for the cheese and garlic, and speed up the process even further by buying fresh over dried pasta.

There’s no cream in this recipe as that isn’t an ingredient of the authentic Italian recipe, but the egg, parmesan and starchy cooking water combine to create the creamiest of sauces.

10 Minute Spaghetti Carbonara

Ingredients (per person – scale up depending on how many you’re cooking for )

Small handfull of spaghetti – we use fresh because it quicks so easily
25g finely grated parmesan cheese
3 rashers smoked bacon
1 egg
Salt and pepper

  1. Fill a pan with boiled salted water and cook your spaghetti as per packet instructions.
  2. Chop your bacon into small pieces and cook with a little olive oil in a large frying pan – I like to use my Garlic Oil for this.
  3. Beat your eggs and season in a separate bowl or mug.
  4. As soon as your pasta is cooked strain it, reserving a little bit of the cooking water.
  5. Turn the heat off the bacon and add the pasta to the frying pan.
  6. Add the egg and parmesan to the pan and mix together well. Add a tablespoon or so of the cooking water to the pan to create a bit of a sauce and serve.

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  • Reply Mel November 1, 2017 at 11:38 pm

    As soon you mentioned watching your fingers I was intrigued and scared haha! I can cut my digits open on even the bluntest of graters

    Mel ?

  • Reply George Pow November 2, 2017 at 8:48 am

    Looks a lot Easier as The Good Old Grater, I’m In For A Win!!

  • Reply kim plant November 2, 2017 at 10:06 am

    beef stews are coming out again now :) x

  • Reply Carly Williams November 2, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    My favorite Autumn recipe is pot roast!

  • Reply Hayley F November 2, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    Pumpkin soup x

  • Reply Nathalie November 2, 2017 at 6:43 pm

    These loook great- anything to make chopping garlic easier! My favourite autumn recipe is chilli con carne! X

  • Reply laura banks November 2, 2017 at 7:03 pm

    chicken chorizo and bean stew

  • Reply Lucy November 2, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    I love goulash especially in the slow cooker, easy as anything!

  • Reply Susan Talbot November 2, 2017 at 9:20 pm

    Leek and Pasta bake, and yes I use my microplane for the grated cheddar on the top, it’s brilliant.

  • Reply Liz Burton November 2, 2017 at 9:35 pm

    Moroccan lamb tagine with cauliflower lime and coriander cous cous :)

  • Reply Katy Wheatley November 3, 2017 at 7:16 pm

    I love Microplanes. Seriously the best kitchen tools as you say. I also use mine every day. Also brilliant that they can be popped in the dishwasher. My favourite Autumn/Winter dish has got to be Anjum Anand’s Indian take on Shepherd’s pie. It’s amazing and the microplane is brilliant for all the grating.

  • Reply Andrea Upton November 3, 2017 at 10:11 pm

    My favourite autumn recipe is butternut squash soup

  • Reply Rachael C November 4, 2017 at 7:32 am

    My favourite recipe is one my MiL invented for bonfire night! Rocket pie. Fried onions, sausages and baked beans mixed with curry powder and baked in the oven! Really random but yummy, especially with some crusty bread!

  • Reply Amy J November 4, 2017 at 9:00 am

    I love carrot and coriander soup – warms you up!

  • Reply Fiona November 4, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    My favourite dish is goulash, especially if the paprika is smoked!

  • Reply glenn hutton November 4, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    I love a scrag end of lamb stew with dumplings :)

  • Reply Ritchie Dee November 4, 2017 at 5:38 pm

    Roasted butternut squash soup

  • Reply tracey ryder ryder November 4, 2017 at 5:44 pm

    broth and dumplings

  • Reply alison fisher November 4, 2017 at 5:45 pm

    tatty hash…pure scottish recipe which is served with pickled red cabbage brown sauce and big chunk of crusty white bread…ah heaven!

  • Reply Amy Wright November 4, 2017 at 6:02 pm

    Butternut squash soup

  • Reply David Nicolson November 4, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    Beef or chicken stews always warm my heart

  • Reply Rena Plumridge November 4, 2017 at 6:14 pm

    Chicken stew is my favourite

  • Reply amy bondoc November 4, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    i love shepards pie and beef stew

  • Reply Frances H November 4, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    Pumpkin Pie.

  • Reply Tracey Peach November 4, 2017 at 6:43 pm

    My Mum’s apple pie it;s so comforting & warming at this time of year

  • Reply Carole E November 4, 2017 at 6:52 pm

    Cheese and potato pie

  • Reply Heather Haigh November 4, 2017 at 7:04 pm

    Bangers and mash and Yorkshire parkin.

  • Reply cheryl hadfield November 4, 2017 at 7:13 pm

    beef casserole with dumplings

  • Reply sarah birkett November 4, 2017 at 7:34 pm

    bangers and mash, and lots of gravy. I often add something fun into the mash like peas, or carrots

  • Reply Sidrah Ahmed November 4, 2017 at 7:43 pm

    I make cheese and tomato pasta bake

  • Reply Paul Wilson November 4, 2017 at 7:48 pm

    Three-Mustard Sausage Casserole.

  • Reply Tom D November 4, 2017 at 8:18 pm

    I’d have to say something warm and cosy like a smooth pumpkin and chilli soup.

  • Reply Solange November 4, 2017 at 8:27 pm

    If you love red wine as much as shepherd’s pie, I’d recommend trying out the traditional Irish shepherd pie recipe. The wine gives the pie a nice bold flavor, perfect for autumn.

  • Reply Caroline H November 4, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    A spicy tagine with lots of sweet potato and apricots plus lots of fresh ginger (which needs a good microplane if you want to keep your fingers!).

  • Reply tamsin November 4, 2017 at 9:47 pm

    i love pumpkin soup!

  • Reply Bob Clark November 4, 2017 at 9:48 pm

    lancashire hot pot

  • Reply Sarah Mackay November 4, 2017 at 10:16 pm

    I love pumpkin soup

  • Reply Emma Nixon November 4, 2017 at 10:54 pm

    Beef stew and dumplings

  • Reply Kerry Kilmister November 4, 2017 at 11:57 pm

    I love Fife Miner’s stew

  • Reply Zoe C November 5, 2017 at 12:12 am

    Beef lobby

  • Reply Sanam Ali November 5, 2017 at 1:18 am

    Chicken and mushroom pie

  • Reply June Lord November 5, 2017 at 8:46 am

    Parsnip cake

  • Reply Ren Taylor November 5, 2017 at 8:55 am

    Nigel slaters chicken and leek pie x

  • Reply Rose Stephenson November 5, 2017 at 10:45 am

    Baked apples with a Dorset Cereals chocolate cherry granola filling and caramel sauce.

  • Reply Valerie Seal November 5, 2017 at 11:29 am

    my favourite autumn recipe is moussaka

  • Reply Barbara Knight November 5, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    Butternut squash risotto with sage, delicious and warming.

  • Reply maureen findley November 5, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    spicy parsnip soup

  • Reply Ray Becker November 5, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    Irish stew & dumplings with a pince of chilli

  • Reply Jade Hewlett November 5, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    Chicken pie

  • Reply Lisa Parker November 5, 2017 at 3:51 pm

    Chorizo sausage and bean stew x

  • Reply leanne weir November 5, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    I love goulash

  • Reply Sarah Rees November 5, 2017 at 6:44 pm

    Welsh cawl

  • Reply Liz S November 5, 2017 at 7:37 pm

    Baked apples with cinnamon and brown sugar.

  • Reply Phil Darling November 6, 2017 at 6:07 am

    Beef stew with herby dumplings does it for me

  • Reply Jackie Howell November 6, 2017 at 11:06 am

    lamb tagine

  • Reply Emma chapman November 6, 2017 at 11:23 am

    Red wine stew with beef

  • Reply helen tovell November 6, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    Sausage and chorizo goulash

  • Reply Helen Adams November 6, 2017 at 7:49 pm

    Stew & dumplings

  • Reply Gillian McClelland November 6, 2017 at 7:54 pm

    Homemade Chilli Con Carne always nice winter meal

  • Reply Lori Darling November 6, 2017 at 9:18 pm

    Chicken and mushroom risotto with loads of parmesan cheese

  • Reply Emma H November 6, 2017 at 10:10 pm

    My favourite Autumn recipe is spiced pumpkin cake.

  • Reply Natalie Crossan November 6, 2017 at 10:20 pm

    I like butternut squash soup :D xxx

  • Reply EMMA WALTERS November 7, 2017 at 9:54 am

    staffordshire lobby is perfect bonfire night food with plenty of crusty bread :)

  • Reply Sophie November 7, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    Favourite autumn recipe has to be steak and chorizo chilli, a Lisa Faulkner recipe I’ve been using for years, A Microplane set would definitely make all the grated garlic the recipe requires that much easier… : )

  • Reply Fozia Akhtar November 7, 2017 at 8:08 pm

    Roasted red pepper soup

  • Reply Judith MacInnes November 7, 2017 at 9:16 pm

    Beef keema! I know it should be lamb, but it’s so hard to get lean lamb mince, so I make it with beef, and add butternut squash & lots of lovely warming spices. Perfect for a cold night!

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    sausage casserole!

  • Reply Lauren Lawrence November 8, 2017 at 6:10 pm

    Chicken and bacon risotto

  • Reply Kerry Taylor November 8, 2017 at 9:59 pm

    This time of year is when my slow cooker starts to earn its place in the kitchen. Turkey meatballs are a favourite!

  • Reply Emma Potter November 8, 2017 at 11:03 pm

    I love cheese and potato pie

  • Reply STUART HARGREAVES November 9, 2017 at 8:07 am

    homemade onion soup with carrots, garlic black pepper fresh ginger pasta and of course onions

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    i like making risotto with butternut squash, sage and mushrooms

  • Reply Sophie November 9, 2017 at 9:46 am

    It’s got to be shepherds pie. Yum.

  • Reply Hassni November 9, 2017 at 10:09 am

    Comfort food – mixed vegetable soup with homemade sourdough bread.

  • Reply Julie Thomas November 10, 2017 at 6:49 pm

    Cottage pie, always hot and filling and welcomed by our family, fabulous

  • Reply Beky Austerberry November 12, 2017 at 10:52 am

    As a family we love Beef stew and dumplings – so filling, warm and packed full of veg.

  • Reply catherine November 12, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    Campfire Stew or a good root vegetable soup!

  • Reply Julie H November 12, 2017 at 6:37 pm

    Sausage, cheesy mash and gravy is my go to autumn comfort food.

  • Reply Alison November 13, 2017 at 7:23 pm

    Home made soup is my favourite thing of all in the Autumn, nothing nicer after a long walk.

  • Reply Suzanne Jackson November 14, 2017 at 9:08 am

    Chilli con carne

  • Reply Lorraine Stone November 16, 2017 at 7:27 pm

    Butternut squash soup

  • Reply catherine L November 17, 2017 at 7:31 pm

    I love homemade soups or anything with roasted veggies, yum

  • Reply Iris W November 17, 2017 at 9:33 pm

    Spiced pumpkin soup or any warming soup really

  • Reply misty November 18, 2017 at 1:16 am

    sweet potato and spinach lasagna

  • Reply Sharon Arnott November 18, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    Chicken and lentil casserole with gremolata served with crusty bread

  • Reply Sarah Pearce November 18, 2017 at 9:05 pm

    bangers and mash x

  • Reply Eve Ogden November 19, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    Sausage casserole

  • Reply Patricia J Porter November 20, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    Scouse and beetroot, then later hot chocolate

  • Reply Maxine G November 20, 2017 at 6:08 pm

    I love making pasta with roasted butternut squash, sage and gorgonzola – delicious!

  • Reply ADEINNE TONNER November 20, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    For me it has to be spicy parsnip soup.

  • Reply hayley pemberton November 20, 2017 at 10:28 pm

    paprika chicken

  • Reply ValB November 21, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    Slow roasted lamb shoulder with autumn veggies

  • Reply April November 21, 2017 at 9:42 pm

    I love Hungarian mushroom soup served with sourdough bread and lots of butter!

    What a fun giveaway! Thank you! :)

  • Reply Carole Nott November 22, 2017 at 5:19 pm

    i always enjoy chicken casserole

  • Reply Jayne Kelsall November 22, 2017 at 6:51 pm

    I love my homemade Lasagne :)

  • Reply Laura Warwick November 22, 2017 at 7:02 pm

    spicy tomato soup

  • Reply Ann-Marie Gould November 24, 2017 at 6:04 pm

    my favourite Autumn recipe is slow roasted beef with noodles and sundried tomatoes,, yummy!

  • Reply Kate Jenkins November 25, 2017 at 10:33 pm

    I absolutely love apple and blackberry crumble in Autumn and have been known to have a bowl of it for breakfast too! :)

  • Reply Emma Ellams November 26, 2017 at 7:59 am

    Slow cooked lamb tagine!

  • Reply Kristy L Brown November 26, 2017 at 4:22 pm

    Beef stew

  • Reply craig austin November 26, 2017 at 6:45 pm

    stews or anything with gravy

  • Reply Debbie W November 26, 2017 at 9:25 pm

    Am I allowed to say Blackberry and Apple Crumble?!
    Savoury dish would be chicken or beef stew with dumplings but given the choice of that or the apple crumple for dinner- I’d have the crumble…

  • Reply katie w November 26, 2017 at 10:28 pm

    has to be beef stew

  • Reply Jason Tolliss November 27, 2017 at 5:37 am

    Oxtail stew with loads of seasonal vegetables

  • Reply Sarah Lee November 27, 2017 at 10:12 am

    Beef stew with dumplings

  • Reply HAYLEY TURNER November 27, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    Love beef stew and dumplings

  • Reply steph lovatt November 27, 2017 at 8:01 pm

    A nice stew

  • Reply Tanya Vincent November 27, 2017 at 10:17 pm

    A lovely warming stew followed by an apple crumble with custard.

  • Reply ellie spider November 27, 2017 at 11:45 pm

    potato and leek soup

  • Reply Rich Tyler November 28, 2017 at 12:45 am

    Beef Stew

  • Reply jamie millard November 28, 2017 at 2:24 am

    steak and ale casserole

  • Reply Kirsty N November 28, 2017 at 8:05 am

    I love Roast Butternut Squash risotto in the autumn months

  • Reply Maria Jane Knight November 28, 2017 at 10:00 am

    Butternut squash and red pepper soup….everytime!

  • Reply Samantha Mann November 28, 2017 at 10:01 am

    Red wine Stew

  • Reply Sarah Parker November 28, 2017 at 10:47 am

    lasagne :)

  • Reply Sarah Wilson November 28, 2017 at 10:52 am

    Has to be a beef stew.

  • Reply Jenny Rogers November 28, 2017 at 11:36 am

    Beef stew, simmering all day in the slow cooker.

  • Reply Emily Hutchinson November 28, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    A hearty and warming sausage casserole

  • Reply Dale Dow November 28, 2017 at 12:57 pm

    I love making traditional mince pies with a layer of custard inside in Autumn

  • Reply Diana November 28, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    slow cooked beef curry :)

  • Reply Emma Smith November 28, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    Butternut, sage & goat cheese risotto

  • Reply francis lee November 28, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    I love leek and potato soup

  • Reply Helen November 28, 2017 at 2:11 pm

    Home made soup!

  • Reply Rachael Marsden November 28, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    I love beef stew and dumplings, amazing winter food

  • Reply sharon martin November 28, 2017 at 3:22 pm

    chicken stew and dumplings

  • Reply Hannah Smith November 28, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    I think this carbonara might be about to become my favourite recipe for all year round :)

  • Reply Alison November 28, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    A beef bologognese, can’t beat it for a hearty warming meal

  • Reply Gemma Aktekin November 28, 2017 at 6:27 pm

    Lentil soup, with a dab of fresh lemon squeezed into it.

  • Reply Emma Davison November 28, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    Stew and dumplings

  • Reply michelle thompson November 28, 2017 at 6:37 pm

    braising steak and mash

  • Reply Patricia Avery November 28, 2017 at 7:03 pm

    Pork and apple cobbler using autumn windfalls and cooked in the slow cooker :)

  • Reply Katie November 28, 2017 at 7:54 pm

    Apple and plum crumble

  • Reply Elzbieta Znyk November 28, 2017 at 9:53 pm

    Beef stew.

  • Reply Emma Rawlinson November 28, 2017 at 9:56 pm

    My mum’s chicken casserole recipe is great for this time of year

  • Reply Claire Toplis November 28, 2017 at 9:59 pm

    Beef stew and dumplings

  • Reply Ellen Stafford November 28, 2017 at 10:00 pm

    I love a beef stew with root veg!

  • Reply Em S November 28, 2017 at 10:13 pm

    Spicy roasted butternut squash and sausages

  • Reply chirag patel November 28, 2017 at 10:17 pm

    Chicken Curry

  • Reply Mark Johnson November 29, 2017 at 1:39 am

    apple crumble

  • Reply Nia Roberts November 29, 2017 at 7:07 am

    Blackberry and apple crumble

  • Reply Caroline Blaza November 29, 2017 at 8:10 am

    Chicken Casserole

  • Reply Tammy Neal November 29, 2017 at 8:40 am

    Chicken stew with dumplings xx

  • Reply Katrina Adams November 29, 2017 at 8:51 am

    Apple and Rhubarb crumble is my absolute favourite autumn recipe

  • Reply Rebecca Atkins November 29, 2017 at 9:26 am

    Home made lamb hot pot

  • Reply Rebecca Atkins November 29, 2017 at 9:28 am

    Spaghetti bolognese

  • Reply Claire Melvin November 29, 2017 at 9:48 am

    Something warm and comforting like a rich beef casserole

  • Reply Richard Eldred Hawes November 29, 2017 at 11:23 am

    I like to make a nice warming chicken soup

  • Reply Jodie A Green November 29, 2017 at 11:27 am

    beef stew with dumplings

  • Reply Tess D November 29, 2017 at 11:42 am

    love Cottage Pie

  • Reply Juli Savage November 29, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    Tomato Soup ….. with slabs of thick crusty bread

  • Reply caroline tokes November 29, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    Has to be beef stew and dumplings

  • Reply Lauren Fox November 29, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    Cottage Pie! Love it on a Sunday instead of a Roast dinner :)

  • Reply Rachael O'Brien November 29, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    I’m just slightly everso addicted to mac’n’cheese !!

  • Reply Lia Burns November 29, 2017 at 3:22 pm

    For me it’s got to be a good home made shepherds pie. So warm and hearty x

  • Reply Debbie Preston November 29, 2017 at 6:16 pm

    Shepherds pie

  • Reply Kim Neville November 29, 2017 at 8:23 pm

    we like Goulash

  • Reply claire little November 29, 2017 at 9:42 pm

    lentil soup

  • Reply pauline black November 29, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    it has to be beef stew and dumplings! Hearty food!

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    Cottage Pie!

  • Reply Tracey Anderson November 29, 2017 at 10:42 pm

    Homemade vegetable curry :) x

  • Reply Maria P November 29, 2017 at 10:50 pm

    butternut soup with a hint of chili

  • Reply Gemma Holland November 29, 2017 at 10:53 pm

    Butternut squash and bacon soup with buttered sourdough bread

  • Reply Kate Davies November 29, 2017 at 11:00 pm

    Lamb casserole is always a winner with my family, clean plates all round.

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