Mushroom Carbonara - Weekend at the Cottage

Mushroom Carbonara

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Cook mushrooms: Melt butter in a large skillet on medium heat. Add a drizzle of truffle oil. Add mushrooms and cook until wilted and slightly golden, about 10-15 minutes.
  2. Whisk eggs and cheese together in a small bowl. Reserve.
  3. Cook the pasta al dente in a pot of salted water. Reserve 2 cups of cooking water before draining pasta. Return drained pasta to pot.
  4. Assemble: Place pot of pasta onto your work surface. Add 2/3 of the mushrooms and 1 cup of the pasta water in with the cooked pasta and stir to combine. Add the eggs and cheese and stir to create a creamy sauce. Add more pasta water if necessary.
  5. Transfer to a service plate or serving dish. Garnish with reserved mushrooms, a drizzle of truffle oil, black pepper, parsley and cheese. Serve immediately.
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Sautéed wild mushrooms tossed with long noodles, egg, pecorino and a fragrant truffle oil…

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    45 MIN
  • 4-6 SERVINGS
Mushroom Carbonara served in the cottage

An interesting twist on the classic recipe, this vegetarian MUSHROOM CARBONARA is exceptionally tasty!

This vegetarian take on one of my favourite pasta recipes is really delicious. I have every confidence you’re going to love MUSHROOM CARBONARA. I started out planning it as a lesson on how to make pasta carbonara, a cheese and smoked bacon noodle dish. Then, a simple substitution turned it into an unexpected journey with surprising and exciting results.

Before I list the various key components and considerations for this recipe, a few important reminders. First, save me! PIN, BOOKMARK and SAVE this recipe to your favourite Pinterest board or socials. Even if you don’t make the recipe in the near future, you’ll have it ready for when you need a stellar main.

Second thing: faithful WATC readers know I go on (and on, and on) about the importance of sourcing quality ingredients. This is especially important in this recipe, so try to source locally grown organic ingredients. In this case, the eggs should be farm fresh and the cheese and dried pasta of the highest quality.

Thirdly, it’s all about the mushrooms. My dear cousin Linda gets all the love for tracking down a superior mushroom supplier in Essex County. She brought the mushrooms with her on a recent visit and worked alongside me to create this post. More about the mushrooms in a bit.

Without further delay let’s make MUSHROOM CARBONARA!

Ingredients for Mushroom Carbonara

PASTA PERFECT!

Although you can make this dish using virtually any pasta, we find long noodle varieties work best. The creamy egg and cheese sauce clings better to them – more fun to eat too, just saying. Fettuccine, linguine and even capellini will all do the trick, but the traditional pasta of choice is spaghetti. We went with spaghettini, a thinner version.

Spaghettini in the pasta pot

As with all our pasta recipes, the usual suggestions: cook your pasta al dente in salted water. This plays a key part later in the recipe when we use some of the pasta water to create the creamy sauce.

Assorted wild mushrooms

MUSHROOM MAGIC!

Carbonara is traditionally made with guanciale, which is smoked pork cheek. Swapping out the meat for mushrooms is a superior substitution.

Chanterelle Mushrooms

Although you can make the recipe using nothing more than white or brown mushrooms, I do think wild mushrooms add a more robust flavour profile, making them the perfect replacement for the smoked meat.

Lobster Mushrooms

Gathering a variety of wild mushrooms makes every bite different and memorable. Look for specialty and wild mushrooms at local markets or from a trusted purveyor.

Yellow Oyster Mushrooms

Head HERE to find out more about mushrooms in Canada and HERE for mushrooms in the States.

Lion's Mane mushrooms

Make sure to look through the photos displayed.

King Trumpet Mushrooms

I’ve listed the names of the various mushrooms we used next to each. They include: Yellow Oyster, King Trumpet, lobster, chanterelle and Lion’s Mane.

Eggs and pecorino ready to be added to the pot

THE CHEESE!

Most experts agree that although you can make this dish with Parmesan, you’ll get best results using pecorino cheese. We tested the recipe a number of times and couldn’t agree more. The pecorino also melts perfectly into a creamy sauce and has just the right level of saltiness to compliment the mushrooms.

Mushroom Carbonara

BIG FINALE!

Much of the success of this creamy pasta dish is the simplicity of it all. Three finishing touches happen moments before it’s served. A light sprinkling of both black pepper and chopped flat-leaf parsley add interest and flavour, as does the final drizzle of white truffle oil which adds an appetizing aroma to the finished dish.

Mushroom Carbonara

WINE PAIRING!

When a main is as delicious as this, we suggest serving it with equally memorable wine offerings. We have two suggestions, both from the same house: La Crema Sonoma Coast Chardonnay. Made with grapes grown in a cool climate, this smooth wine can be sipped from dinner to dessert.

The second suggestion is La Crema Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir. This silky red has gorgeous flavours of earth and spices that pair nicely with the Mushroom Carbonara dish.

Mushroom Carbonara

This MUSHROOM CARBONARA will be loved by all yet we know the vegetarians in your midst will be especially captivated. Enjoy it as an appetizer for six guests or as the main course to serve four. Present it with additional cheese and black pepper, and don’t forget to include spoons with your place settings for twirling. Fantastic.

Wild mushrooms across the top of the serving dish

Still more suggestions for things that pair perfectly with our MUSHROOM CARBONARA? Begin your meal with a memorable cocktail like this TANQUERAY MALACCA. Enjoy this SIMPLE SALAD and then for dessert, something fresh and fruity like our PLUM CLAFOUTIS or PEACH COBBLER.

Perfectly prepared pasta in a fragrant creamy, cheese sauce, this MUSHROOM CARBONARA is truly, magical!

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Mushroom Carbonara

Ingredients

  • 1 pound spaghettini
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon white truffle oil
  • 5 cups mixed wild mushrooms, about 1¼ pounds
  • 4 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup grated pecorino cheese
  • For garnish:
  • black pepper
  • a drizzle white truffle oil
  • chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • additional grated pecorino cheese

Directions

  1. Cook mushrooms: Melt butter in a large skillet on medium heat. Add a drizzle of truffle oil. Add mushrooms and cook until wilted and slightly golden, about 10-15 minutes.
  2. Whisk eggs and cheese together in a small bowl. Reserve.
  3. Cook the pasta al dente in a pot of salted water. Reserve 2 cups of cooking water before draining pasta. Return drained pasta to pot.
  4. Assemble: Place pot of pasta onto your work surface. Add 2/3 of the mushrooms and 1 cup of the pasta water in with the cooked pasta and stir to combine. Add the eggs and cheese and stir to create a creamy sauce. Add more pasta water if necessary.
  5. Transfer to a service plate or serving dish. Garnish with reserved mushrooms, a drizzle of truffle oil, black pepper, parsley and cheese. Serve immediately.

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