Monday, August 27, 2012

Creamy Spaghetti with Bacon

This was the first actual meal I made in my new house! It's a perfect comfort meal and is simple to throw together. It goes great with grilled chicken or green peas mixed in, but I just used what I had on hand. 

I think my favorite part of the sauce is that it's made from a cream cheese base, and not a roux so the texture won't get super thick or weird if you have leftovers! 

Forgive my phone pictures. Don't let it deter you from this delicious meal! 

What You'll Need:
(serves 2)
2 servings thin spaghetti
4 slices bacon, chopped
1/4 sweet onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
4 oz cream cheese, chopped into small cubes 
1 cup milk 
1 cup spinach
1/2 tsp paprika 
salt and pepper to taste 

freshly grated Parmesan cheese for topping

What To Do:
Prepare pasta according to package. 

Meanwhile, cook bacon over medium heat until just crisp. Remove from pan and drain on paper towels. Reserve 2 tbsp of pan dripping and return to medium heat. Add onion and cook until soft and translucent. Add in garlic and cook until fragrant, about one minute. Add bacon back in along with cream cheese and 1/2 cup of the milk. Stir often until cream cheese has melted. Add milk, a little at a time as necessary. Add in spinach, paprika, salt and pepper and let simmer until spinach is wilted. 

Drain pasta thoroughly and add to the sauce pan. Stir well and serve! 


  1. Wow, I love carbonara and this looks so easy! I'm definitely going to try it out! :)

  2. yum yum yum!! I am such a pasta lover, but I've never tried to make Carbonara...sounds easy enough and looks DELISH! I am bookmarking this to make later. THANKS for sharing, girl!! xo

  3. Your posts always leave me drooling & craving your cooking =P
    Much Love!

  4. i'm proud to have a friend who knows that a cream cheese base makes a difference in leftover sauce, because i think we all know, i sure don't.

    you SURE you can't fit all your cooking utensils in your suitcase? ;]

    ps. just proofread my comment to find i'd written "i proud" instead of "i'm proud." no, i am not a toddler. i am just one very tired annie.


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