I think most people will have tried this at some point in their life, although when I say this I was only recently introduced to it, and was very impressed. I visited my parents and told them about it, apparently they already knew and I had not liked it as a child, go figure.
Essentially, it is a very quick easy and nutritious meal.
2 Rashers of Bacon
1/2 an onion
Pinch of salt, pepper and garlic
- Basically while the pasta is cooking in a separate non stick pan you begin to fry the chopped bacon and chopped onion. At this stage you can add the garlic.
- In a separate glass/bowl/cup break the egg, scramble it and add the pepper and a pinch of salt. Other spices can be used but that depends on personal preference.
- Once the pasta is cooked, drain it thoroughly and throw it into the pan with the bacon and onion. Let it simmer for 30 seconds. Then pour in the egg, and stir continuously. Cook for another 2-4 minutes making sure the egg is cooked.
On a side-note:
The onion and bacon can be increased if you so desired but I personally am not a huge bacon lover. Ham can be used in its place, in fact most meats can be but bacon and ham seem to go best. Smoked bacon adds more flavour adding cheese to the mixture gives you a similar thing to a carbonara. You can throw in other vegetables like peas or anything lying around if you so wished but this is the skeleton recipe. I like eating mine with tomato sauce, please do not ask me why I admit its odd, but I think it goes very well.
In terms of cost:
2 Rashers of Bacon (or 100g 16.2p/100g)
1/2 an onion (8.4p)
1 egg (8.9p)
150g pasta (5.7p)
Pinch of salt, pepper and garlic (6p)
If you were to buy Tesco everyday spaghetti for 19p for 500g then that means 150g would cost 5.7p. If you were to buy tesco value penne at 30p for 500g then 150g would cost 9p. I personally think both types of pasta go with this dish although my preference is for penne.
Tesco seems to think that a loose onion whether brown or red will cost 16.8p for their average of one. So if I am to use half of the onion for this recipe then that makes it 8.4p for the onion. The cheapest you can buy eggs for is £1.34 for 15 eggs from tesco which is a lot of eggs but it would make the egg 8.9p.
In terms of bacon that can be bought from the deli counter in tesco for between 20-30p per slice depending on what cut you want. The price of bacon in a pack seems to be about the same consequentially I am going to put the bacon at 40p although we did use cooking bacon and not rashers as it is substantially cheaper.
If the herbs all cost 6p which is negligible then for the two of us this meal could have cost 5.7 + 8.4 + 8.9 + 40 = 69p so 33.5p per serving. If you were to use the everyday value cooking bacon like we did and buy it from tesco at 81p for 500g and then give yourselves a 100g portion serving then the bacon would drop in price to 16.2p. Making the recipe cost 45.2p for the two. Making it cost 22.6p per portion. This of course does not include the tomato sauce that I put as a side accompaniment, but the man who eats his without thinks my addition is weird, and I do eat it without a dollop of ketchup sometimes.