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Easy Spaghetti Carbonara Recipe | The Perfect Quick Midweek Meal

Schwartz Spaghetti Carbonara
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Pasta is one of my favourite foods of all time and the perfect carb based dinner for the colder months. I’m no chef, but since I stopped eating beef earlier this year, I’ve been experimenting more with different pasta. Spaghetti carbonara, chicken and pesto penne, creamy tagliatelle.. the list goes on. Today I thought I’d share how I make a quick and easy midweek meal of  Spaghetti Carbonara.


I have one thing to thank for the speed and the ease of this dish and thats the Schwartz Spaghetti Carbonara Mix. Just add it to milk, mushrooms and bacon for the sauce and cook up some spaghetti. Yes, it really is that easy, but here’s the step-by-step:

Cook some spaghetti (275g according to the recipe but I won’t tell if you do extra). Fry up a pack of diced bacon, then add around 175g of finely sliced mushrooms and continue to fry for a couple of minutes. In the same pan, add the sachet and 450ml of semi-skimmed milk and bring to the boil. Then add the spaghetti from earlier, when it comes to cooking, timings are my downfall so use your own common sense here please. Heat this through for a couple of minutes and you’re finito.

Serves: 4

Serve with: Garlic bread and a nice white (optional).

Schwartz Spaghetti Carbonara Ingredients
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Schwartz Spaghetti Carbonara Ingredients
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I’ll admit to being a bit of a food snob. In the past I’ve always preferred to cook from scratch, at least, as far as my culinary skills have allowed. When I’m blessed with spare time, I still like to experiment with recipes, but at the minute, quick and easy is ideal. It’s the perfect compromise, because by working with fresh ingredients, the quality remains high and the dish tastes great. No seriously, its better than some of the pasta dishes I’ve had at Italian chain restaurants (if I do say so myself). I don’t think any pasta I ever make will compare to the pasta we ate in Rome, but I digress.

I’ve also grown to love cooking in this way because it allows almost the same flexibility as cooking from scratch. Vegetarian? Don’t add the bacon. Don’t like mushrooms? Leave them out. The spaghetti carbonara mix makes for a great base of a dish, but the recipe provided is really just a guideline which can be edited to taste. For example, it works really well with chicken as either an addition or alternative to the bacon.

You can probably tell that I’m not an overly methodic chef, but I love flexibility, playing around with pairings and using up things that are already in the fridge.

If you enjoyed this post or found it helpful then please do let me know so that I can work on letting you in on some of my other go-to meals.

*  Schwartz have gifted me this product and this post is part of a paid collaboration. As always, all words, images and opinions are my own. Please read my full disclaimer for more information. 

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  • Reply Mercy

    Aww thanks dear for sharing! I’m still on a hunt of a tasty carbonara recipe. My kids don’t want to use my old recipe anymore so I’m trying different ones.

    November 18, 2019 at 5:28 am
    • Reply sophhearts

      Oh no! Well I hope that this one helps- we have pasta a lot because of how quick and easy it is so I’d definitely recommend adding chicken for a bit of a less traditional change! x

      November 18, 2019 at 7:14 pm
  • Reply Han

    Omg I love carbonara so much defo one of my faves!! Never tried using a mix though, those little mixes are so handy for Spag bol & Chilli though will have to give the carbonara mix a try👌🏼 xx

    Han //

    November 19, 2019 at 9:52 am
    • Reply sophhearts

      It’s one of mine too, I think I could genuinely live off of just pasta. Oh I’ve not actually tired them for anything other than the Carbonara so I’ll have to give some others a go! x

      November 19, 2019 at 10:01 am
  • Reply Lisa

    I’ve never thought about using packet mixes but this actually makes perfect sense for a quick mid-week meal. Pasta is such a flexible dish, isn’t it? Much as we all love pork and bacon, I think switching up with chicken is a great tip, thank you. One thing though, Soph, a nice white is definitely NOT just optional, haha! X

    Lisa |

    November 19, 2019 at 1:45 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      Super easy! I like the fresh sauces you can get in the chilled isle but the problem is the use by dates- these are perfect to keep in the cupboard to whip out whenever you need them! I’m so glad you think so, haha- I’m with you there! x

      November 19, 2019 at 3:59 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    Spaghetti is one of my favorite things to eat, but sometimes I find it just takes too much effort to make. This spaghetti carbonara looks like an easy way to get my spaghetti fix without all of the work.

    November 19, 2019 at 1:45 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I’m so glad you think that this is a quick trick that would suit you! Honestly I’m easy with pasta, I love it all! x

      November 22, 2019 at 1:32 pm
  • Reply Lisa Marie Alioto

    Love how easy you’ve made this look to make – and delicious!

    November 19, 2019 at 2:25 pm
  • Reply Caroline

    I used to not like Carbonara pasta at all, but in the passed 2 years I’ve just become obsessed with eat! I tend to not have it at home, but definitely want to more often! For someone who is a bit lazy though with cooking, the Schwartz mix sounds like something I could totally get on board with! xx

    November 19, 2019 at 3:31 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      That’s so interesting- I’m glad you’ve come around haha! I’m super lazy with my cooking too, it’s such an easy and quick recipe to follow x

      November 22, 2019 at 1:28 pm
  • Reply Sophie Naylor

    These pictures of the meal look absolutely incredible! I definitely need to make a vegetarian version of this soon 🙂 x

    November 19, 2019 at 3:47 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      Thank you! Yes! It can be so easily done- I love carbonara with or without bacon x

      November 19, 2019 at 3:57 pm
  • Reply Mai

    This looks delicious! I’ll have to add this recipe to my shopping list for my next grocery run. I love your photos too! I can almost smell it!

    November 19, 2019 at 5:39 pm
  • Reply Kelly Diane

    I didn’t know they did a carbonara one, I’m definitely going to have to give this a go 😀

    November 19, 2019 at 6:38 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      Yes, I think it’s new! I hope you love it x

      November 22, 2019 at 1:25 pm
  • Reply Deborah Kos

    Spaghetti carbonara sounds so good. I need to make this for a weeknight dinner. My family would enjoy this recipe.

    November 19, 2019 at 9:33 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      It’s one of my favourites! I hope you enjoy! x

      November 22, 2019 at 1:24 pm
  • Reply Benita

    That looks so appetizing!

    The Style Fanatic

    November 20, 2019 at 3:23 pm
  • Reply Lauren

    I love pasta dishes! I use Swartz a far bit to add flavour! Thank you for sharing Sophie xx

    November 20, 2019 at 9:21 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      Me too- my favourite! Of course lovely x

      November 21, 2019 at 9:43 pm
  • Reply Alisha Valerie

    I love these packets for adding flavouring to my cooking meals at home. I’m sending you so much love. 💜

    With love, Alisha Valerie x |

    November 21, 2019 at 1:19 pm
  • Reply samantha

    carbonaria is probably my favourite meal! your recipe looks lush <3

    November 21, 2019 at 4:59 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I love pasta and it’s definitely one of mine too! x

      November 21, 2019 at 9:40 pm
  • Reply Sophie Wentworth

    I agree with you here, I think it’s better to cook from scratch where possible, but packets do have their place. If you’re short on time or don’t have the room for a designated spice area, sachets like this are really handy.
    ‘when it comes to cooking, timings are my downfall so use your own common sense here please’ This always worries me so much. I always type up my recipes then start panicking about if people follow it 100% and their oven takes slightly less/ more time than mine (or something like that). x


    November 21, 2019 at 10:25 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      Absolutely, I find them really handy to have in the cupboard for those times when there isn’t a lot in the fridge- living where I do there is no ‘popping’ to the shops! Haha timing is definitely a tricky one! x

      November 22, 2019 at 1:20 pm
  • Reply Rebecca

    Looks absolutely delicious! Great for a quick meal idea 💕

    November 22, 2019 at 12:50 pm
  • Reply Ashleigh

    You can’t beat a nice carbonara meal! nice and simple yet so tasty!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Ashleigh –

    November 22, 2019 at 3:11 pm
  • Reply Anna

    Such a great Carbonara recipe! I can’t live without a good plate of pasta for long myself!


    November 23, 2019 at 1:56 pm
  • Reply Anna

    So easy and it looks so good!

    November 26, 2019 at 2:24 pm
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