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Budget-Friendly Carbonara

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1 Serving

Sauce Type:

Cheese Sauce

About the Recipe

With food prices soaring out the roof and gas prices not cheap, a budget-friendly meal idea can help save you a little cash. In this recipe, I’m whipping up a mouthwatering Poor Man's Carbonara with a twist! If you're looking for cheap meal recipes, budget-friendly ideas, or simply craving a delicious and economical dinner, you've come to the right place.


  • 1/2 tbsp or 7g butter               

  • 1/2 of a 12oz can of spam or 170g   

  • 3.5oz pack of Ramen Noodles           

  • 1/2 cup or 50g grated parmesan cheese   

  • 1 egg                                                                

  • Black pepper to taste    


1. Cut the Spam into bite size pieces.

2. To a sauté pan over medium to high heat add the butter and melt it down.  Add the spam to the pan and cook until golden brown.

3. Bring a sauce pot filled with water to a boil then add the Ramen Noodles and cook until almost done – per manufacture instructions.

4. Add the parmesan, egg and pepper to a bowl, mix and put it to the side.

5. Once the noodles are cooked add them to the pan with the spam and mix well over low heat.  Add the egg mixture on top of the noodles, pour in a small amount of hot ramen noodle water, and mix everything until the cheese melts and becomes creamy.


DISCLAIMER USE AT YOUR OWN RISK Consumption of raw or undercooked eggs, shellfish and meat may increase the risk of foodborne illness.

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