I made this only two hours ago, and I’m already writing a blog post about it. That says a lot about this recipe! It was just lovely, and so, so easy. I adapted The Londoner’s recipe, making it more student friendly (because to be honest, I really can’t afford loads of different cheeses – I stick to basic cheddar and the cheapest parmesan I can find!) and less irritating to my minor dairy intolerance.
If you want the best photos, and the actual method, do check out Rosie’s blog. I love all of her recipes, my version of her Banana Nutella muffins are a huge favourite amongst my friends, and I can’t wait to try out these.
I will add a point about the one-pan-ness. I chose to top mine with extra cheese and shove it in the oven briefly, so used an extra pan. To be honest, I wouldn’t bother with this step next time as it was cheesy enough, so it really is one-pan. I mean, just look at this fabulous (fail) photo of the stringy cheese!
What do you need to make this cheesy goodness? My amounts make one (BIG!) serving:
- Bacon (1 rasher – 20p)
- Some spices – I went with a Cajun mix, which I always find works great with cheese (prince negligible)
- 100g of pasta, any tube-type shape is good (10p)
- 1 vegetable stock cube (7p) – made up to 1/2 mug of stock
- 1/4 mug milk/soya cream (10p)
- 75-100g cheddar cheese (75p)
- A sprinkling of parmesan, though I didn’t find I needed it (10p)
Total cost per serving is £1.32 – with salad you would have a great meal for under £1.50. And hardly any washing up to – win win!
Let’s get cooking!
Chop up your bacon into cubes, and fry in the pan you will be using. You want one with a lid! Once the bacon is browned, sprinkle in the spices, fry for a couple more minutes, then tip into the bowl you will be serving in, or the dish that you will grill the pasta in.
Cook for 10-12 minutes, stirring every few, until the pasta is cooked to your liking, and the sauce has thickened. Grate your cheese whilst this is cooking, or read some of your reading list. Or bloglovin‘…You should have something like this in your saucepan by the end:
Mmm salad! I was lazy and just ate my pasta out of the grilling dish. I won’t judge if you do the same!
Curl up in front of your favourite TV-show (I’m currently weeks behind watching Masterchef, but enjoying it immensely!) and enjoy this winter warmer, knowing you’ve hardly any washing up to do. Perfect for lazy days.
Have you tried any of the Londoner’s amazing recipes?