Vegan Bacun Pasta Carbonara

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Vegan Bacun Pasta Carbonara

This recipe is so delicious. It is filling, tasty and has that creamy texture you thought you said good bye to when you went vegan! Don’t omit the shittake bacon, it gives it such a yummy flavor.

You will need these ingredients for the pasta and sauce:

1 cup plain milk replacement (soy,almond,etc)

1 package of extra firm smoked tofu

2 cups peeled and sliced zucchini

8 garlic cloves

1 small onion

1 1/2 teaspoons tapioca starch

1 teaspoon sea salt

black pepper

package of pasta of your choice

2 tablespoons olive oil

1/4 cup nutritional yeast

1 tablespoon white vinegar

1/2-3/4 of artificial vegan bacon bits (optional)

fresh parsley(optional)

You will need this ingredients for the shitake bacun:

3 cups of shitake mushrooms

1/8 liquid smoke (optional)

1/4 sea salt

black pepper

2 -3 tablespoons of oil (olive oil is my favorite to use

How to prepare:

To make the shittake mushroom bacun, toss all ingredients(for the bacun!) together in a bowl to coat the mushrooms in the oil and seasoning. Feel free to add more seasoning of your choice to make the shitake bacun unique! Toss on a pan lined with parchment paper and put in a preheated oven at 350°c for 30 mins, flipping every 5 min or so! Keep an eye on them. If they end up cooked before the rest of your food just cover with tinfoil.

Meanwhile cook your pasta according to the package instructions, add salt to the water.

Cook the smoked tofu as instructions state.  It can be deep fried for a extra crunchy taste, But we usually just cook on a pan for a few minutes on each side in some oil. We still haven’t quite mastered the art of the tofu! Also cover with tin foil if you end up cooking this faster than the rest of your stuff.

To make the sauce, slice up the zucchini, garlic and onion. Put on a parchment paper mixed with the oil on a pan and throw in the oven at 400°c.  I have had luck putting the shitake and the veggies in the oven at the same time at around 375°c just make sure you keep an eye on everything. So nothing burns!

Take the veggies out of the oven and toss in your blender. Add the remaining ingredients. Blend and pour into a saucepan. Heat on med to med low heat for about 4 minutes, until thickened.  Toss with cooked noddles and tofu chunks. Stir in artificial bacon bits now if using. Top with the shitake mushroom bacun, parsley if using and pepper to taste! Mabe throw some extra ‘nooch:)

optional

1/4 cup nutritional yeast

1/4  cup hemp hearts

1/4 salt

blend together and use as a sprinkle “cheese” topping full of nutrients 😉

 

 

 

 

 

 

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