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Vegan Carbonara

The creamiest vegan pasta carbonara with vegan mushroom bacon! Nobody is going to miss the original recipe with this dairy-free carbonara version!
Course Hauptspeise
Cuisine Vegan
Keyword dairy free carbonara, mushroom bacon, vegan carbonara
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 675kcal
Author Aline Cueni

Ingredients

Pasta

Vegan Mushroom Bacon

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion peeled & minced
  • 2 cloves garlic peeled & minced
  • 3 cups button mushrooms ½ sliced & ½ chopped
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce or tamari
  • 1 tsp liquid smoke
  • 1 tsp maple syrup or any other sweetener
  • ½ tsp mustard
  • ½ tsp ground smoked paprika or regular ground paprika

Vegan Carbonara Sauce

Instructions

Pasta

  • Bring a large pot of water to the boil. Add some salt and spaghetti and cook per packet directions MINUS 1 minute.
  • Drain, toss with some olive oil (optional - prevents the pasta from sticking together), and set aside.

Vegan Mushroom Bacon

  • Heat a skillet with olive oil. Add minced onion and garlic cloves and sauté for 3 minutes until translucent.
  • Slice half of the mushrooms and finely chop the other half. Mix the soy sauce, liquid smoke, maple syrup, mustard, and smoked paprika in a small bowl.
  • Add the mushrooms and sauce into the skillet and cook for 5 minutes on high heat, until no liquid is left.

Vegan Carbonara Sauce

  • Add all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.

Assemble

  • Add the cooked spaghetti and the carbonara sauce to the mushrooms and cook for one minute, stirring constantly, until the sauce has thickened.
  • Season with salt and pepper and serve with vegan parmesan cheese.

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Notes

  • If the sauce gets too thick, add more water.
  • The pasta is super creamy. If you prefer it less creamy, stretch it with more spaghetti (+2-3 oz more spaghetti).
  • Keeps fresh for 3 days. Store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
  • Kala Namak: It's a salt with a strong "egg" flavor. It can't be replaced with anything else.
  • Liquid Smoke: Is essential for smoky mushrooms. Can't be replaced. Omit if you don't have it.
  • Cashew Nuts: There is no need to soak the cashew nuts.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 675kcal | Carbohydrates: 66g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 40g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 30g | Sodium: 1749mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 11g