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Vegan Pasta Carbonara

Vegan Pasta Carbonara

Vegan Carbonara sauce recipe made with cashews, spices, vegan sietan bacon and black salt or Kala Namak for the ultimate Carbonara flavor.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword plant based, vegan carbonara, vegan,
Prep Time 5 minutes
Soaking Cashews 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2 people
Calories 915kcal
Author Florentina


  • 3/4 cup raw cashews
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 4 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp turmeric (optional, for color)
  • 1/4 tsp Kala Namak black salt (or to taste)
  • 1/3 cup fresh Italian parsley chopped
  • 5.5 oz vegan sietan bacon (I used the Benevolent bacon from Sweet Earth)
  • 1/2 lb spaghetti (whole grain)
  • freshly cracked black pepper to taste


  • Rinse the cashews and add them to a powerful blender together with the hot water, nutritional yeast, mustard, garlic, turmeric, onion powder and black salt. Allow to soak for 20 minutes then process until completely smooth. Set your sauce aside until needed!
  • Cook the vegan bacon according to the package instructions. I like to cook mine in the toaster oven so no extra oil is needed. You can pan sear it then cut it into small pieces.
  • Meanwhile boil the spaghetti until al dente. Drain and add to a large mixing bowl together with the Carbonara sauce, half of the cooked vegan bacon and half of the parsley. Give everything a good toss to coat and adjust seasonings.
  • If you prefer your Carbonara with a little tang this is the time to hit it with a squeeze of lemon. I prefer it without but you are the boss of your kitchen.
  • Divide between bowls and serve sprinkled with the reserved sietan bacon, parsley and freshly cracked black pepper.


Don't worry if you do not have black salt (Kala Namak) make the recipe anyways using regular sea salt, it will still taste amazing.


Calories: 915kcal | Carbohydrates: 116g | Protein: 47g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Sodium: 410mg | Potassium: 1272mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 842IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 151mg | Iron: 9mg