Easy 15 Minute Spaghetti Carbonara Recipe For The Whole Family

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Oh carbonara, a deliciously creamy Italian dish that we all love so dearly. This cheat weeknight spaghetti carbonara recipe is simply delicious. It is quick and easy yet full of flavour.

An authentic carbonara recipe involves raw eggs but not everyone is too fond of that idea-especially in my family. That is why I opted to use pre-made spaghetti carbonara sauce pots. It is a cheeky but oh so clever compromise. Of course I had to find a way to cheat this recipe, what can I say, I’m a mother!

An extremely delicious weeknight spaghetti carbonara recipe that is quick and simple. Your whole family will love it!

spaghetti carbonara recipe finished product

My Spaghetti Carbonara Recipe Ingredients

My spaghetti carbonara recipe is by no means authentic but it is still incredibly tasty and very child friendly. To make it you will need:

  • Spaghetti
  • Olive Oil
  • Onion
  • Chestnut Mushrooms (optional)
  • Pancetta
  • Frozen Peas (optional)
  • Italian Herbs
  • Pre-made Carbonara Sauce
  • Salt and Ground Black Pepper
  • Parmesan Cheese

If you know anything about my cooking, you’ll know that I absolutely love onions! Although a traditional spaghetti carbonara recipe doesn’t call for them, I couldn’t help but adding them in!
The mushrooms and peas are optional but I always add them for my daughter’s benefit. She loves green peas and the mushrooms (when cut into small chunks) cook away and become almost undetectable. Plus, they are a perfect way for you and your kids to get more veggies into your diets!
That being said, if you’d prefer to keep this recipe simple, leave them out and enjoy!

How Do You Make This Spaghetti Carbonara Recipe?

This recipe is very easy to follow and perfect for weeknight family meals.

  1. Cook Your Pasta
  2. Cook onions then follow with pancetta until slightly charred on the edges
  3. Add mushrooms (optional) and continue to cook
  4. Pour in your pre-made sauce
  5. Add Peas (optional)
  6. Stir in your cooked spaghetti

Which Sauces Should You Use?

I have made this recipe with 2 different sauces and like them both equally! I use:

These sauce posts contain everything you’d want in a standard carbonara but I like to add extra ingredients to really make a simple recipe taste as though I’d been slaving away in the kitchen for ages!


Easy Weeknight Spaghetti Carbonara Recipe

This recipe is quick and easy to make. Full of veggies and perfect for the kids!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4


  • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 Onion chopped
  • 6 Chestnut mushrooms chopped
  • Pancetta cubes
  • 1 cup Frozen green peas
  • 1 tsp Oregano/Italian herbs
  • 350 g Premade carbonara Sauce (of your choice)
  • 8 oz spaghetti
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Parmesan Cheese (optional)


  • Chop onions and mushrooms into tiny pieces
  • Put your spaghetti on to boil following the packet instructions
  • Heat olive oil on a medium high heat and start cooking onions until soft
  • Add the smoked pancetta and continue to fry until slightly charred on the edges
  • Add mushrooms and cook until their size has reduced by at least half
  • Sprinkle in the Italian herbs
  • Add your prepackaged sauce and stir until heated through
  • Add peas and allow to simmer
  • Season the sauce to taste
  • Once the spaghetti is ready, transfer into the pan of sauce. I don't drain it and I add a little bit of pasta water for extra creaminess
  • Remove from the heat and serve with some extra ground black pepper and freshly grated parmesan cheese
Keyword carbonara, easy, spaghetti carbonara
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  • chasinpalmtrees
    November 27, 2020

    This recipe sounds delish! Huge fan of any creamy pasta ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Brinda
    November 27, 2020

    Looks yumm! ๐Ÿ˜‹ Thanks for the recipe. Goes to my bookmark.

    • TheDailyShayla
      November 29, 2020

      Awesome! Let me know how it turns out if you ever make it!

  • Ally
    November 27, 2020

    Yum! This looks delicious!

    • TheDailyShayla
      November 29, 2020

      Thankyou! It’s one of my favourite weeknight meals ๐Ÿ˜€

  • A Capone Connection
    November 28, 2020

    Iโ€™ve never heard of chestnut mushrooms. This sounds like a delicious recipe. Thank you for sharing.

    • TheDailyShayla
      November 29, 2020

      I am absolutely obsessed with chestnut mushrooms- I use them a lot! Thank you for stopping by ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Jessi
    November 28, 2020

    Omg this looks delicious!! Pinning to make later!

    • TheDailyShayla
      November 29, 2020

      Brilliant! Let me know how it turns out ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Fadima Mooneira
    November 28, 2020

    Yummy-licious!!!!!!!! I love spaghetti carbonara! Thank you for sharing your recipe with me.

    • TheDailyShayla
      November 29, 2020

      Spaghetti carbonara is such a simple yet delicious meal, I love it too! Thankyou for stopping by ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Baby Boomer Super Saver
    November 30, 2020

    This looks creamy and delicious! I gave up pasta for a low-carb lifestyle and have been using spiralized zucchini noodles or just serve sauce over steamed cauliflower. Tastes just as good, but sometimes long spaghetti-like pasta would be good. I recently tried NuPasta, which has zero carbs and although it’s not al dente, it’s a good substitute for real pasta.

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