Spaghetti Alla Carrettiere (Carter’s Style Spaghetti)

Spaghetti Alla Carrettiere (Carter’s Style Spaghetti)
Preparation time: 5 - 10 mins Cooking time: 35 - 40 mins Easy - for beginners Serves: Serves 4 as a main course, 6 as a starter



  • 1 lb spaghetti or tagliatelle
  • 8oz mushrooms
  • 3 tbs. olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 small chili pepper or 1 tsp crushed dried chili flakes
  • 4oz bacon
  • 14oz tinned chopped tomatoes
  • 3oz tinned tuna fish
  • parsley to garnish


Wipe the fresh mushroom caps with a damp cloth and slice finely. Heat the oil and add the finely chopped garlic and chili pepper. When the garlic begins to change colour add the bacon cut into small cubes. When the fat begins to melt from the bacon add the mushrooms and, after 5 minutes, the drained tomatoes. After 15 minutes on a low heat add the well-drained and flaked tuna. Cook gently for another 15 minutes. During this time, cook the pasta following packet directions carefully to avoid overcooking. Drain the pasta, turn into a heated serving dish and stir in the mushroom sauce, mixing well. Add the chopped parsley and serve at once.

You might think bacon and tuna together sound odd, but when it’s cooked, the flavours all blend together very nicely!

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