Plant based carbonara

Using Vivera’s new bacon pieces

So who would have thought it. Supermarkets selling vegan bacon pieces!! What a time to be alive?! I picked a pack up by Vivera from Sainsburys, and instantly thought ‘Hello Carbonara’. And now I bet you’re thinking, but you don’t eat cheese, so how are you gunna do that?

Well, simple really. I made a delicious creamy sauce out of cashew nuts, and added nutritional yeast for a slight cheesy flavour. You can find nutritional yeast in your local health stores, such as Holland and Barrett if you’re in the UK. Click here for the one that I use. So there you go, the ‘cheese’ sauce can be done.

Serving on top of a bed of my fave pasta brand Explore Cuisine which my mum loves as a coeliac, as all of the pastas are gluten free. In this dish I used the Organic Edamame Spaghetti, which is higher in protein than normal pastas due it being made from beans. With added peas stirred through for some veggies and colour.

So overall, it might not look like a standard carbonara or have the components of one, but I can confirm it tastes bloody delicious, and is completely meat and dairy free!

feeds 3
takes approx. 45 minutes

Ingredients
150g cashew nuts (soaked in boiling water for 2 hours, or overnight)

2 tablespoons of nutritional yeast

1 small white onion (diced)

2 garlic cloves

1 tablespoon of olive oil

270ml plant based milk (I used unsweetened almond milk)

1 box of Explore Cuisine pasta

1 pack of Vivera bacon pieces

140g peas (fresh or frozen)

200g mushrooms (sliced)

salt to season

Method
1. Drain your cashews, and add them to the food processor or nutri bullet along with the diced onion, nutritional yeast, garlic cloves and milk. Blitz until smooth.

2. In a saucepan, over a medium heat pour your sauce into the pan and add mushrooms and peas. Combine, season with salt and stir occasionally.

3. Cook pasta as instructed.

4. In a separate saucepan add the olive oil, and fry the bacon pieces for a few minutes until they start to brown.

5. Add bacon pieces to cashew sauce and combine.

6. Serve on a bed of the pasta and most importantly, ENJOY!

Enjoy! – share and tag your creations with me on Instagram @whatluceeats

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