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Quick and Tasty Spaghetti Carbonara

This is a non-traditional spaghetti carbonara recipe as it does not contain eggs and has added mushrooms and ham, but it tastes fantastic and is easy to make.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Servings: 2


for the Carbonara:

  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 60 g dry spaghetti
  • 120 g shaved ham diced
  • 10 small button mushrooms
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves crushed
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup cream
  • 2 tbsp finely grated pecorino or Parmesan cheese

To serve:

  • extra finely grated pecorino or Parmesan cheese
  • extra pepper


To make the Spaghetti Carbonara:

  • Bring a pot of water to a boil, add half a teaspoon of salt. Add spaghetti and cook for 12 minutes (or according to your packet instructions).
  • In the meantime, place ham into a medium saucepan over high heat and stir to brown lightly. Add mushrooms, pepper, garlic, a pinch of salt and mix well. Pour in cream, turn down heat and allow to cook down for about 10 minutes. Mix in a 2 tablespoons of finely grated pecorino or parmesan into the sauce.
  • When ready, remove pasta with tongs and drop straight into the saucepan with the sauce. Mix well and serve immediately with extra cheese, pepper and basil leaves if you like.
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