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Family Dollar More for Less Recipe Challenge #FamilyDollarMore4Less

Family Dollar More for Less Recipe Challenge #FamilyDollarMore4Less

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

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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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