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5 Minutes Carbonara

This is an incredibly indulgent Carbonara! It has such a depth of flavours that just make you want more. If this doesn’t please everyone you know we’d be very surprised.

Takes 5 minutes

Serves 4

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  • 200 g wholewheat pasta/wholewheat noodles if you want to cook this in 5 mins!
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 2 red onions
  • 100 g soaked cashew nuts
  • 300 ml non dairy milk
  • 1 pinch nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp liquid smoke or 1 Tbsp Tamari mixed with 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp salt
  • handful of shiitake/oyster mushrooms or any mushrooms
  • 50 g vegan cheese or 1 tbsp of Nutritional yeast
  • chilli flakes and basil to garnish


  • First, cook your pasta/noodles according to the instructions of the packet.
  • Soak the cashew nuts in a bowl in boiling water for 5 minutes. Then drain and set aside.
  • Peel and finely chop the garlic and onions. Finely chop the mushrooms
  • To make your sauce, blend together the soaked cashews, soy milk, nutritional yeast, 1 tsp liquid smoke (or alternatives listed in ingredients) and salt
  • Heat 2 tbsp oil of the pan and the add you finely chopped garlic and red onions and cook until the garlic starts to brown
  • Next, add the mushrooms to the pan and as they start to cook add in 1.5 tbsp liquid smoke or tamari, cook for 3 minutes until the mushroom char slightly, then add a small bit of the sauce, mixing well.
  • Mix the pasta into the sauce, along with some of the pasta water, then add and the remaining sauce.
  • Garnish with some vegan cheese, chilli flakes and basil if you wish!


Keyword plant-based, vegan
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