I originally published this recipe in 2013 and since then prices have increased, so in light of that I have revised this recipe. But it is still a firm favourite in our household.
Essentially, it is a very quick easy and nutritious meal.
2 Rashers of Bacon
1 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, mushrooms, 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 an onion (17p)
1 egg (15p)
150g pasta (6p)
Pinch of salt, pepper and garlic (6p)
If you were to buy Tesco everyday spaghetti for 20p for 500g then that means 150g would cost 6p. 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 17p for their average of one. The cheapest you can buy free range eggs for is £2.00 for 15 eggs from tesco which is a lot of eggs but it would make the egg 13p.
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 6 + 17 + 15 + 40 = 78p so 39p per serving.