Creamy Vegan Pasta Carbonara

Creamy Vegan Pasta Carbonara is a creamy, rich experience that will satisfy that craving for the traditional dish minus all the calories.  Easy to make and packed with protein –  you get the best of both worlds!

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Chickapea  is the perfect answer to creating a healthy pasta dish that is filling and gives you that flavor punch.  Finding a way to make this dish vegan was definitely a challenge considering that conventional carbonara contains cheese, milk and eggs but some soy milk, raw cashews and spices go a long way to finding that perfect solution!

Ingredients for vegan carbonara

I even made some vegan bacon!  I used sliced portobello mushrooms and panfried them till crispy with a simple salt, red pepper flakes and chipotle sauce for a kick.  You can also use sun-dried tomatoes (the dry kind) or even carrots would be fun.

mushroom vegan bacon

With so many people switching to vegan and vegetarian diets, I find it both challenging and rewarding to find ways to turn popular, but not necessarily, healthy dishes into meals that your family can include in their regular meal rotation with confidence that they are meeting all their nutritional needs.

You can include cherry tomatoes and maybe some peas and basil if that’s your jam.  As always, this recipe is versatile enough to add your own spin according to your tastes.

Easy Vegan Carbonara | Simply Fresh Dinners

I love my role as  Chickapea’s recipe creator and sharing a new pasta dish each month.  To see more healthy pasta deliciousness from myself and my blogger friends, pop on over to their beautiful site and prepare to be amazed!   It’s Pasta Palooza!


Creamy Vegan Pasta Carbonara

Creamy Vegan Pasta Carbonara is a creamy, rich experience that will satisfy that craving for the traditional dish minus all the calories. Easy to make and packed with protein – you get the best of both worlds!

  • 16 ounces Chickapea Pasta penne
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup red onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup mushrooms, sliced
  • 3/4 cup soaked cashew nuts
  • 10 ounces soy milk
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp nutritional yeast
  • pinch of cayenne
  • 1.5 tbsp liquid smoke
  • handful of fresh parsley
  • 1 cup vegan cheese, (optional, to garnish)
  1. Soak cashews overnight.
  2. Heat olive oil in large pan on medium heat. Add garlic, mushrooms and onions. Saute until mushrooms are brown and onion is translucent.
  3. In blender combine cashews, milk, paprika, yeast, liquid smoke, salt and pepper. Blend on high until creamy; add small amounts of olive oil at a time until emulsified, blend on low speed.

  4. Add sauce to pan with mushroom mixture, heating throughout. Add pasta and reserved pasta water if necessary to thin. (I prefer mine a little creamier and didn’t add any water)l Toss pasta with cream and mushrooms and until coated. Cook until you have a shiny glaze.

  5. Top with parsley and cheese if desired.  Serve immediately.

You can find more of my healthy vegan dishes here:

Vegan carbonara made with healthy chickpea/lentil pasta

A quick, easy and healthy pasta that delivers all that creamy deliciousness! #healthypasta #carbonara #plantbasedprotein #chickpeapasta #choosechickapea


  • Reply
    Michelle Higgins
    August 30, 2018 at 11:20 am

    Oh, wow this looks so good! Save me a plate!

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    Erin @ The Almond Eater
    August 30, 2018 at 12:30 pm

    This recipe is TOO easy not to make!

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    Sherri @ WatchLearnEat
    August 30, 2018 at 1:47 pm

    Love this dish, Robyn! I am not vegan or vegetarian but actually made my first vegan cream sauce recently and it was delicious! Totally digging the smoky flavor in here! ♥♥♥ Yay for Chickapea! 🙂
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    August 30, 2018 at 2:03 pm

    Making carbonara vegan is no easy task but you’ve done a brilliant job! I love how creamy this looks and that it’s so healthy!

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    Natasha @ Salt & Lavender
    August 30, 2018 at 2:28 pm

    I love your vegan take on this classic!
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    Tania Sheff
    August 30, 2018 at 5:20 pm

    Wow! I just can’t say enough good words about this dish! Tasty – check! Healthy – check! Filling – check! Beautiful – check!

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    August 30, 2018 at 6:08 pm

    Robyn you totally nailed this one! It looks dreamy! And I love that you’ve used Chickapea Pasta. It’s my favorite!!
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    Michelle @ Sunkissed Kitchen
    August 30, 2018 at 6:37 pm

    So much creamy flavor here! Love the addition of the smokey mushroom bacon! A perfect pairing to Chickapea.

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    August 30, 2018 at 7:31 pm

    Love this pasta recipe the sauce looks awesome! Going to cook this for dinner tomorrow, thanks Robyn!

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    August 31, 2018 at 8:28 am

    I know what I’m making for dinner tonight! This looks out of this world delicious and packs in quite a healthy punch!

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    August 31, 2018 at 9:07 am

    I just love this recipe, Robyn. I’ve been wanting to try the whole cashew cream sauce for ages, and for some reason, I haven’t gotten around to it yet. But that’s about to change! Because I need a big bowl of this fab pasta in my life STAT.

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    August 31, 2018 at 9:48 am

    This looks so indulgent, but it’s so healthy and protein packed! Definitely will be trying this!

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    Arun Kumar
    September 1, 2018 at 1:29 am

    Creamy Vegan Pasta Carbonara is looking very cheesy and integrants using for this recipe are healthy.

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    September 1, 2018 at 3:43 pm

    I love that this is creamy AND dairy-free!!

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    September 2, 2018 at 12:13 am

    I think you really mastered that vegan carbonara challenge! Love the awesome ingredients you used to recreate the flavor

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    Lauren Kirchmaier
    September 3, 2018 at 6:08 pm

    This looks equally creamy and nutritious! I can’t wait to give it a go!

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    September 4, 2018 at 12:18 pm

    I’m always trying to feed my family healthy, vegan dinners and this one is PERFECT!

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    John / Kitchen Riffs
    September 5, 2018 at 9:41 am

    Terrific dish — loaded with flavor, and really healthy. This is excellent — thanks!
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    September 13, 2018 at 9:52 pm

    That looks amazing!!! I love that creamy sauce. YUM!!!

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    October 16, 2018 at 7:02 am

    I absolutely love the idea of the vegan pasta; It looks so creamy and delicious! Will have to try it.

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