Traditional spaghetti carbonara goes meatless with caramelized portabella mushrooms and a generous amount of smoked mozzarella and parmesan cheese. I promise. No one will miss the bacon.
*Vegan substitutions are listed above this recipe.
- 10 oz spaghetti noodles (*see note)
- 2 tbsp salt (for the pasta water)
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1/4 cup chopped shallot
- 1/2 - 1 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (depending on how much heat you prefer)
- 8 oz portabella mushrooms - chopped if large, sliced if using baby portabellas
- 2 tsp minced garlic
- 4 large eggs + 1 large egg yolk
- 7 oz smoked mozzarella cheese, grated
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
- 5 oz grated parmesan cheese
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
- Fill a large saucepan with water and 2 tablespoons of salt. Set it over high heat and bring the water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until just slightly underdone. (If using fresh pasta, cook for only 60 - 90 seconds.) Drain, reserving 1/2 cup of the pasta's cooking water.
- Pour the olive oil into a large skillet or saucepan and set over medium heat. Add the chopped shallot and crushed red pepper flakes and cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes, until the shallots are just beginning to brown. Add the mushrooms and garlic and cook, stirring frequently, until the mushrooms are a deep brown. Add the cooked pasta to the pan and toss to combine. Remove from the heat.
- In a medium size bowl, whisk the eggs and egg yolk with the smoked mozzarella to combine. Slowly whisk in the reserved pasta cooking water.
- Set the pan with the pasta back on the burner, with the heat set to medium-low. Pour in the egg and cheese mixture, stirring constantly to melt the cheese and cook the eggs. Stir in the grated parmesan and cook, stirring constantly until melted.
- Remove from the heat, sprinkle with chopped parsley, and serve.
- Whenever possible, I prefer to make pasta from scratch. If you've never made homemade pasta but want to try your hand at it, here's a pasta making picture tutorial that will take you through the process, step-by-step.
- Have some leftover pasta that you're not sure what to do with? Use it to make a simple Pasta Frittata!
- Prep Time: 30 minutes