Family Dollar More for Less Recipe Challenge #FamilyDollarMore4Less

After much anticipation, the Family Dollar More for Less Recipe Challenge has finally begun. Laura and I are super excited to have our Spaghetti Carbonara as one of the ten recipes in the challenge. Our mission was simple. We were to create a delicious dish using ingredients purchased at Family Dollar, and stay within a budget of $15. With the new and expanded food assortment available in many Family Dollar stores, it’s simple to put a meal onto the table that your family will love.

Family Dollar More for Less Recipe Challenge

The winning blogger will get to meet and cook with Celebrity Chef Pat Neely. How awesome is that?!?!

But wait… There is something in it for you too.

You can enter for a chance to Win Free Groceries for One Year!!!

You read that right, when you share and vote for your favorite recipe ((Spaghetti Carbonara)) you are automatically entered to win free groceries for one year from Family Dollar. Can you imagine?

Can you tell that we are just a wee bit excited about this contest? Here’s our recipe:

Spaghetti Carbonara - Family Dollar More for Less Recipe Challenge Finalist #FamilyDollarMore4Less

Spaghetti Carbonara


1 pound Barilla Spaghetti
8 slices Bar-S Sliced Bacon
2 teaspoons Family Gourmet Minced Garlic
salt and pepper (Family Gourmet Iodized Salt & Pepper Duo)
3 Grade A Large Country Charm Eggs
¾ cup Family Gourmet Grated Parmesan Cheese, plus more for serving
½ cup PET Brand Half and Half

Spaghetti Carbonara


Set a large pot of water to boil (for pasta). In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until crisp almost, approximately 7 to 10 minutes. Add minced garlic and cook an additional 1 – 2 minutes, until bacon is crisp. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate.

Salt boiling water generously; add pasta and cook until al dente, according to package instructions.

Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk together eggs, Parmesan, and half-and-half. Set aside.

Drain pasta, leaving some water clinging to it. Working quickly, add hot pasta to egg mixture. Add bacon and garlic; season with salt and pepper, and toss all to combine (heat from pasta will cook eggs). Serve immediately, sprinkled with additional Parmesan cheese.

Optionally, serve with Family Gourmet Texas Garlic Toast and a vegetable of your choosing.

This creamy, mouth watering dish was prepared for just $13.45, and will feed up to 8 people. Every single ingredient was purchased at Family Dollar! The possibilities are endless with their new expanded food selection.

Family Dollar More for Less Recipe Challenge

Please take a moment and head on over to the Family Dollar web site to check out all 10 amazing recipes. We have some serious competition. Share and vote for your favorite recipe to be entered for a chance to win FREE Groceries for One Year. Laura and I are crossing our fingers that you’ll be voting for our Spaghetti Carbonara recipe. Voting runs through April 19, 2014. Thanks in advance for your vote and please help us spread the word!

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  1. That is an awesome recipe. I had no idea there was so much food available over at Family Dollar.

  2. I hope you win! I love spaghetti carbonara, I would love to taste test that for you!
    Good-luck, Mitch

  3. Looks like a delicious recipe. We are having spaghetti night tonight with traditional meat sauce. This would be much more tastier!

  4. I love Spaghetti carabanara. It is a family favorite. I will have to remember that I can get it cheaper at Family Dollar next time. Good luck with the contest

  5. I buy a lot of my groceries at Dollar type stores. one of my favorite pasta boxed meals comes from the Dollar Tree!

  6. This looks so good! I’ve never made spaghetti carbonara, I basically only ever use spaghetti with a red sauce and that’s about it. I should try this!

  7. Julie Wood says:

    I have heard of Spaghetti Carbonera and I have never eaten or made it. But I want to make your awesome recipe! It looks easy to make and so delicious! I hope you win. You guys are such good cooks!

  8. Good luck! I hope you win. I love Family Dollar and the recipe looks and sounds delicious!

  9. This looks like and wonderful. Great for a summer meal. Adding to my recipe box.

  10. We love Spaghetti Carbonera and this looks fantastic. I would sure like to win the free groceries for a year!

  11. What a great sounding recipe. Anything with bacon in it these days is a total win for me!

  12. I may have to try this recipe. I definitely want to enter this competition.

  13. Looks like a super easy and tasty recipe!

  14. This looks really good and a great way of making spaghetti. I’ve never had this kind before. Thank you for sharing this with us.

  15. I did not know that Family Dollar had a grocery section that included refrigerated items. Winning groceries for a year, now that would be sweet!

  16. This recipe looks so delicious! I love that I can get the ingredients for less at Family Dollar! Voted for you, and definitely have my fingers crossed for the year of groceries. :)

  17. Geez, that looks delicious!! Going to check them out!

  18. How delicious! I love spaghetti carbonara, and I hope you win.

  19. Your spaghetti carbonara recipe looks so delicious! My whole family loves pasta, especially spaghetti!

  20. I really had no idea there was so much at Family Dollar to make dinner with. Sounds like a fun challenge.

  21. oh, this looks yummy. i can’t believe all of those ingredients are avail at dollar general!!

    ps totally going to enter and vote

  22. I love Chef Pat Neely! I had no idea Family Dollar had groceries like this. I love the recipe you came up with, simple and on on a budget.

  23. Wow, that looks so delicious and I can’t believe you made it for $13.45. And that it will feed 8! I was unaware that Family Dollar sold such a large selection of food products and I will have to check it out.

  24. I’m headed to Family Dollar this week and I’m totally taking down this recipes increments! This looks absolutely delicious! Who knew you could make amazing meals from ingredients found at Family dollar?

  25. I’ve never had this dish before, but it looks delicious. Wow, I had no idea you could get food products from Family Dollar and that price per serving, that’s great. Thanks for the information and the recipe. Good luck! I hope you win.

  26. This Spaghetti Carbonara looks absolutely delicious, I’ll be using turkey bacon in mine. I can’t wait to try this, thank you for sharing this recipe.

  27. I haven’t had spaghetti carbonara in years!! Your recipe looks so delicious and easy to make too!

  28. The pasta looks yummy. I make a similar one with asparagus slices.

  29. This is just so exciting! You did a bang up job on this recipe, it sounds absolutely delish! Who knew Family Dollar had ingredients to make amazing recipes like this! Awesome!

  30. I had no clue that family dollar sold food items. What a great idea to show families how to prepare meals for less than most of us would think is possible.

    Good luck with the contest!

  31. That looks so delicious and for less than $15?! What a deal!

  32. Looks delicious! Anything with bacon is a winner in my book.

  33. I have never heard of Spaghetti Carbonera, but it looks good!

  34. Wow! I didn’t know they had a variety of food like that at FD. Your recipe looks awesome.

  35. Your Spaghetti Carbonara looks delicious! Yum! I can’t believe how affordable it is to make it. I’ll head over to vote right now and keep my fingers crossed for those free groceries.

  36. This looks really good, and similar to my veggie spaghetti!

  37. Ooh, I need to make this! Everything tastes better with bacon!

  38. We have a Family Dollar up the road, and if we don’t feel like running into town, but need a food item, we try there. They’ve surprised us more than once having exactly what we need! Your recipe sounds good. I bet my family would enjoy it.

  39. The recipe is something I know my family would eat! We have a Family Dollar in town. I will be checking them out!

  40. Betty Baez says:

    Voted! Your recipe sounds and looks delicious! I know it would be a big hit in my house.

  41. Your Spaghetti Carbonara recipe looks delicious! I can’t wait to try it! Good luck!

  42. I don’t think I’ve ever had Spaghetti Carbonara but it looks SO good. Good luck!

  43. I love spaghetti carbonara. It would be fun to see you meet the chef!

  44. that looks really good. I never knew there were so many food options at Family Dollar

  45. What a great looking recipe! And for an awesome prices too! Good luck!!

  46. Oh yummy that looks SO good!! I am gonna have to make this one night!! Good luck on the contest!!

  47. Can’t go wrong with spaghetti in my house. That’s one dish my 4 yr old will always eat. I need to find different ways to make it!

  48. Looks like a fantastic recipe! I love that this is an affordable family meal; that’s so important with the way the economy is these days (and for our large family of 6)! I had no idea Family Dollar sold food!

  49. This looks really good! I’ve never had Spaghetti Carbonara

  50. I love Spaghetti Carbonara. This reciepe looks scrumptious. Going to try and make this for my family for dinner one night soon.

  51. I am going to try this recipe tonight. I have never heard of this before, but it looks so good.

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