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Classic Carbonara

Classic Carbonara
Classic Carbonara

This might just become your new favourite pasta recipe. Our classic carbonara has all of the rich creaminess you’d expect from this deliciously comforting dish, combined with the smokiness of the oyster mushroom bacon and, even better, it’s plant-based!


Before you start

Food processor


For the mushroom bacon marinade

  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp tamari
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp liquid smoke (optional)

For the mushroom bacon

  • 2-3 king oyster mushrooms

For the sauce

  • 1x 300g silken tofu
  • 50g Nooch
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled
  • 1 tsp brown rice miso paste
  • Pinch of salt

For the pasta

  • 50g plant-based butter
  • 350g spaghetti
  • Salt and pepper

To serve

  • More plant-based parmesan
  • Pepper


  1. 1.

    Make the marinade | Place all of the marinade ingredients into a large mixing bowl and stir well to combine

  2. 2.

    Prepare the bacon lardons | Slice the mushrooms lengthways into ¼ cm thick slices then into smaller pieces | Add all pieces to the marinade bowl | Toss well to coat all of the strips in the liquid and leave to marinate for at least 10 minutes | After 10 minutes, cut the mushroom bacon strips into small chunks

  3. 3.

    Prepare the sauce | Place all of the sauce ingredients into a powerful blender and blend until smooth and creamy

  4. 4.

    Fry the mushroom bacon | Place a large saucepan over a medium heat and add the plant-based butter | Once melted, add the mushroom chunks, mix well and cook for 5-10 minutes until soft | Once soft, pour in the sauce and mix well | Leave to simmer for 5-10 minutes while you cook the pasta

  5. 5.

    While the mushroom cooks, cook the pasta | Cook the pasta according to the instructions on the packet | Once cooked, drain (saving a little of the pasta water) and spoon into the saucepan with the sauce | Mix well until all of the pasta is coated in all of the sauce, adding a dash of pasta water as needed to create the constituency you like best

  6. 6.

    Time to serve | Spoon equal amounts of the pasta into serving bowls and top with some plant-based pareman and pepper