Sunday, November 21, 2010

Carbonara, and a Giveaway from Lightlife

Is it getting cooler where you live? Do you need some comfort food on this dreary November day? Let me make you some carbonara. I should say that when creating this recipe, I used a carbonara recipe from The Urban Vegan as a starting point, but it's now significantly different. For the bacon component, I used a package of Smart Bacon, diced into about 1/3-inch pieces. It really tightened up and had a practically ground beef consistency.

Pasta Carbonara

1 T. arrowroot
1 1/2 c. unsweetened non-dairy milk (I used hemp milk)

2/3 lb. pasta (I used penne)

6 oz. package of vegan bacon, diced
olive oil
1/2 c. white wine
1/3 c. vegan butter
3 T. nutritional yeast
1 c. green peas
Black salt and black pepper to taste
vegan parmesan or additional nutritional yeast for serving.

Heat a large pot of water on the stove--do this first so it can come to a boil as you make the sauce. Whisk the arrowroot with the milk and set it aside.

Heat a bit of olive oil, say half a teaspoon, in a saucepan. Cook it till it's nicely browned, about five or six minutes. Don't worry if some of it sticks and browns, because you're going to deglaze the pan now by adding the wine. Stir and scrape up the browned bits, and continue cooking till the wine is absorbed, an additional five minutes. Remove the bacon to a side bowl or plate. By now, your water should be boiling, so throw in some black salt, add the pasta, and keep an eye on it while you make the sauce.

In the same saucepan, melt your butter. Add the nutritional yeast and non-dairy milk-arrowroot mixture, making sure that the arrowroot is fully dissolved. Stir to combine, and simmer until thickened, about five minutes. Add the bacon and continue cooking for three minutes. Now add the peas, and cook an additional two minutes. Remove from heat.

Your pasta should be done by now, so drain it, return it to the pot, and toss it with the sauce. Taste it for salt and pepper. The black salt is important, as it is the secret to lending the carbonara a traditional eggy flavor.

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Because I happened to make the carbonara with Smart Bacon, let's have today's giveaway be from Lightlife! I have two coupons, each good for a free Lightlife product. To enter, please leave a post below, telling me your about a light in your life, or a lamp next to you, or anything at all. This giveaway is open to anyone who can get Lightlife products. The coupons do not specify where they can be used, so enter if you can buy Lightlife where you live! If you're just meandering over here for the first time, please know that these giveaways are happening every day of Vegan MoFo, and each of them lasts one day. Please note also that if you're not checking back to see if you have won and don't have a visible profile enabled, I may have no way to contact you if you win!

The winners of yesterday's Soy Curls giveaway are Seglare, seitanismymotor, HayMarket8, panda with cookie, and K! Congratulations to you all! Please send your name and address to me at (<---make sure to click on the . . . link for the rest of the email address. This is a spam avoidance thing.)


  1. That recipe sounds so good!

    I put a ceramic ring with aromatherapy oil over the light bulb in the lamp next to me

  2. I love carbonara and thought I'd never have it again. Thanks for the recipe.

  3. This recipe looks delicious! I think i know what i'm making this weekend!

    And smart bacon?! Can someone say vegan BLT?! WOOHOO!

  4. awesome sounding recipe and thanks for giving me another use for black salt!

    I have 2 shining lights in my life -- my felines :-)

  5. I've never had vegan bacon before. I would love to try. Yum, yum, yum!

  6. There's a liiiiight over at the Frankenstein place!

    Oh, you didn't want Rocky Horror Picture Show quotes? Fine. My BFFs light up my life with love and friendship. Also, there is a floor lamp right next to me.

  7. The current light of my life is my four year old niece who is such a marvelous mix of hilarious, adorable, smart, sassy, and sweet, that I can't believe it sometimes!

  8. The best light in my life in the lamp on my desk. It used to be my grandmas. It is made from this cool green, textured glass. I love it.

  9. i have a neat lamp that i got from a thrift store ages ago, the description tahinitoo gave is very similar, except mine is mostly teal with a small accent of green. it looks like it'd be an oil lamp, but it uses a bulb and it turns on with a key-looking thing that i turn. :-)

  10. I like touch lamps. Has anyone else played the game where you see how long of a string of hand holding people you can get and still turn the lamp on by tapping the hand of the end person?

  11. Oooh, I'm addicted to Lightlife products.

    I don't have a lamp next to me, but rather four sleepy dogs. They definitely light up my life, though :)