Thursday, 3 March 2011

So here we are in the dark, don't the day feel like a world apart.

After a taste of warm weather, we seem to be back in the grip of a cold, drizzly snap. Times like these call for comfort food, so I thought I'd share my favourite, super-easy, not-too-unhealthy comfort dinner.

You can make this as good or as bad as you want - this version is the bad version, but if you want to leave out the cheese (or just use a little bit of a stronger cheese) and the bacon, you'll drop the fat content by a lot. As I've just started a bit of a health kick, next time I make this, I'll be doing the good version - but I made this a week or so ago when I was eating whatever I wanted. (Mainly, lots of cheese)

Carbonara of a Cheat.

Ingredients:
Mushrooms
Onions
Bachelor's Condensed Mushroom Soup (full or low-fat)
Pasta
Splash of milk

Optional:
Bacon
Cheese
Herbs


1) Put your pasta on to boil.
2) If you're using bacon, chop it up and fry it until cooked.
3) Add mushrooms (I use loads, because I am dangerously obsessed with mushrooms) and an onion or two.

Wash them mushrooms first!

4) Shoosh them all around the pan for a bit until they are done.
5) Add seasoning as desired - I added two cloves of fresh garlic and a little dried rosemary.


6) Throw in the can of soup.
7) Add some milk to make it less thick. Stir until combined.


8) If you're using, add cheese. Um, I used kind of a lot.

Cheese!
CHEESE!
Look at the cheese!
YAY FOR CHEESE.

9) Stir until cooked through.
10) When pasta is finished, drain and add to the sauce.


And you're done! Serve, eat, and relax. Yum.


Maybe add some more cheese on the top. You know. If you feel like it.

What's your go-to recipe?
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22 comments

  1. oh my, you have just made me sooooo hungry, i haven't eaten yet. this looks so delish (despite not eating meat!)

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  2. Just found your blog and really like it! *new follower*! Unfortunately I can't enjoy your latest post as much as the others as I am scared of mushrooms (I can't even look at them - seriously) but I am looking forward to reading back through the others :)
    xxx

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  3. Looks so good.. DEFINITELY going to try this. Will probably fail and use a whole block of cheese but still! Nom nom nom x

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  4. Ahh this sounds so tasty I WANT TO MAKE IT NOW. But alas, I lack the ingredients...bookmarking it for later reference though! xx

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  5. This looks so delicious! YUM. I'll take all the optional extras please! x

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  6. I have never had cabonara, what kind of person am I?

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  7. Oh sweet lord, this looks so good! Ha, love all the cheese snaps ;) I'd totes add some more on top once it's served!!

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  8. This looks delicious. Will have to give it a try - plus cheese I think

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  9. I do this one - but use chicken soup and chicken instead of mushrooms :)

    and Chicken Nachos - absolutle fave quick dinner

    :)

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  10. mmm that loves delicious xx

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  11. IT IS SO COLD ATM. DYING MUCH.

    This is our flat's go-to meal on at least two occasions each week haha (: We also like sausage pasta bakes, y'know, being students and all! You should definitely post more recipes Sarah! xx

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  12. oooo that looks yummy! i love warm wintery meals like this. just looking at the photos makes feel cosy! x

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  13. Hmm cheese! I love carbonara but it is a bit of a faff and if you don't have eggs in...

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  14. God i wish I liked cream and cheese!

    on the plus side... capatcha asked me "uno cider" why thank you!

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  15. my go to recipe is a bit like this actually - but for the sauce i use fried bacon, cream and whisked eggs - yum!
    i'm going to bookmark this recipe and try it out soon though! :D
    Rosie xo

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  16. This looks yum and so quick, though I've started to make the sauce from scratch to save the most pennies!

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  17. I am STILL LOOKING AT THE CHEESE :D
    i am definitely trying this next week, thank-you for posting it!

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  18. This is a great recipe! Thanks for sharing lovely :) I loveee the amount of mushrooms in it too! As will my other half. I shall be using your blog as reference for tonights dinner :P xx

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  19. this looks SO GOOD! i made the philadelphia carbonara (with quorn bacon!) last week but it wasn't very good. mushrooms are my favourite food ever so i'll definitely be trying this! x

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  20. I thought there was no such thing as too much cheese until Alex told me of a meal he made in his student days where he made a pot of pasta sauce and lobbed in half a kilo lump of cheese. Apparently it took a while to melt, and was "a bit cheesy".

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  21. This looks so yummy! I could never give up cheese, it is actually my favourite food ever!

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  22. I usually go to bolognese in an emergency but you've made carbonara sound so much easier than I thought, so will give this a go next time... mmm... :)

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