Pasta Carbonara

This is the cheap version of creamy pasta carbonara. I came up with this recipe when I was a college student. A time when mozarella and parmesan are too expensive for a student’s budget (^^)


  1. 200 g pasta of your choice (spaghetti/fettuccine/penne)
  2. 50 g smoked beef/bacon ham (thickly sliced)
  3. 1 medium size onion (sliced)
  4. 1 cup sliced mushrooms of your choice (shimeji/champignon)
  5. 1/2 cup fresh milk
  6. 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
  7. 1 tbs butter
  8. 1 tbs olive oil
  9. to taste Salt & pepper
  10. 1 tsp beef stock (store-bought)
  11. 1/2-1 cup pasta water
  12. Fresh parsley (chopped)


  1. Boil the pasta as instructed in the package. Usually around 10 minutes. Save the pasta water.

  2. Melt butter in a skillet. Stir-fry the onions until fragrant, then add bacon ham/smoked beef slices. Follow with the mushrooms, salt-pepper and beef stock. Cook them for 2 minutes.

  3. Pour in half of the pasta water and bring to a boil. Lower down the heat to low. Add the milk and cheese. Adjust the sauce thickness to your liking.

  4. Lastly, toss the pasta in the sauce. Mix them well.

  5. Turn off the heat, then transfer the pasta to a plate. Garnish with fresh chopped parsley and enjoy!

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