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Roasted Cauliflower and Mushroom Carbonara

Roasted Cauliflower and Mushroom Carbonara
Carbonara is an Italian pasta dish consisting of egg, bacon, fresh cracked black pepper and cheese and I am a huge fan of it; it's so quick and easy to make and so amazingly good! One of the things that I like about it is that you can easily add things, like vegetables, and I figured that it was past time to make a carbonara with my new favourite vegetable, cauliflower. Of course, I could not resist roasting the cauliflower to give it that caramelized flavour and I also brought cauliflowers best fried, mushrooms, to the roasting pan! Once the vegetables are roasted you really just need to cook the bacon (I used pancetta this time) and pasta and toss everything together! The trick to carbonara is that you want to mix the egg sauce with the hot pasta, bacon and pasta water so that the eggs 'cook' without scrambling, which is actually pretty easy! This roasted cauliflower and mushroom carbonara might just be my favourite carbonara yet!

Check out below the recipe for some more carbonara pasta recipes!

Roasted Cauliflower and Mushroom Carbonara
You really can't go wrong with a creamy egg and bacon sauce!

Roasted Cauliflower and Mushroom Carbonara
Roasted cauliflower and mushrooms are just so addictively good!

Roasted Cauliflower and Mushroom Carbonara
Roasted Cauliflower and Mushroom Carbonara

Roasted Cauliflower and Mushroom Carbonara

Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 40 minutes Total Time: 50 minutes Servings: 4

A roasted cauliflower and mushroom pasta in a creamy egg and bacon sauce seasoned with plenty of fresh cracked pepper.



ingredients
  • 1 small head cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 8 ounces mushrooms, quartered
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 8 ounces fettuccine (or pasta of choice)
  • 4 ounces pancetta, diced or 4 ounces bacon cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) parmigiano reggiano (parmesan), grated
  • plenty of fresh cracked black pepper
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tablespoon parsley, chopped
directions
  1. Toss the cauliflower and mushrooms in the oil, salt and pepper, place on a baking sheet in a single layer and roast in a preheated 400F oven until they start to caramelize, about 20-30 minutes, mixing half way through.
  2. Start cooking the pasta as directed on the package.
  3. Cook the pancetta in a pan, pour off all but a tablespoon of the grease from the pan, add the garlic, cook for 30 second and turn off the heat.
  4. Mix the egg, cheese, pepper and salt and parsley in a bowl.
  5. Drain the cooked pasta reserving some of the water.
  6. Mix the pasta, egg mixture, cauliflower and mushrooms into the pan with the pancetta, adding reserved pasta water as needed.

Note: To speed things up, about 20 minutes into roasting the cauliflower and mushrooms, get your pot of water for the pasta on the stove and start bringing it to a boil.
Option: Replace the parmigiano reggiano with pecorino romano.
Nutrition Facts: Calories 365, Fat 16.3g (Saturated 4.7g, Trans 0), Cholesterol 140mg, Sodium 347mg, Carbs 37.5g (Fiber 2.3g, Sugars 2.7g), Protein 19.2g
Nutrition by: Nutritional facts powered by Edamam

49 comments:

Marie Matter said...

I want to dive right into this!!!

Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen said...

Dinner is at your place, right? This looks incredibly scrumptious, Kevin! You have done it again. You had me at roasted cauliflower, pasta and Carbonara. I want this for breakfast right now!

Victoria @ taketimeaway said...

I LOVE carbonara! Glad to see you've added some healthy veggies in there.

Maria said...

LOVE this pasta dish!

NotesFromAbroad said...

We don't eat meat so I am always on the lookout for good non meat dishes and if it is pasta, even better ! I am making this tonight for company coming to dinner :) besos !

Jenny said...

This is so perfect Kevin! Love it!!

The Little Ferraro Kitchen said...

Amazing! I really like how you don't add cream to carbonara! Just egg and pork :) And I can just imagine how the crunchy cauliflower and meaty mushrooms would be...deff making this!

Laureen King said...

Love the addition of cauliflower to carbonara, what a tasty way to add the veggies!

Claire Volkman said...

This pasta is perfect. It's really, really perfect!

Olga Wood said...

This pasta looks so good. I will be trying this recipe this weekend!

KgReciPes said...

What you think about tomato sauce? Will it be more better if I add some tomato sauce?

marla {Family Fresh Cooking} said...

Love this Kevin, sharing everywhere!

Kevin Lynch said...

KgReciPes: I have not tried it with this recipe but I have combined tomato based 'bolognese' and carbonara with good results. http://www.closetcooking.com/2007/07/spaghetti-alla-carbonara-with-twist.html

Gaby said...

This looks like the best version of carbonara ever!

kneadwhine said...

This looks great - I was thinking only the other day I'd like to make a veggie friendly carbonara. While this isn't quite it with the pancetta, I can always omit this. I love roasted cauliflower - good addition! :)

Kevin Lynch said...

kneadwhine: This will work without the pancetta!

Heather Christo said...

I can barely handle how delicious this looks!!! I would devour this dish.

Karly Campbell said...

I love how loaded up with veggies this is! Such a great pasta and your photos always make me drool!

Jodee Weiland said...

Kevin, I love this recipe! It looks so delicious and full of rich flavors. I definitely have to try this one soon...mmm, I'm getting hungry just thinking about it! Thanks!

naomi said...

I'm making this tonight!!! I can't wait.

mountain mama cooks said...

Gorgeous. I have some cauliflower and mushrooms that I need to use up. This is so happening this weekend!

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar said...

Oh my goodness, you're totally killing me with this! So yummy!

Tieghan said...

Love, love. love this!!! Looks amazing, Kevin!

Anonymous said...

The eggs are raw??

Kevin Lynch said...

Anonymous: The eggs are placed into the sauce raw but the heat of the still piping hot pan, pasta and pasta water 'cooks' them.

Melanie Hiester said...

Wow. Awesome round up. Keeping this one round up real close by. You just can't go wrong with the slow cooker. Easy and convenient!

Hannah said...

Awesome!!! Raw eggs in pasta definitely makes the food really tasty!

Anonymous said...

One thing I am confused about is about eggs. Put raw two eggs with cheese, etc. Then put them in the pasta.. Raw eggs in the pasta?

Eileen said...

Made this tonight..amazing!

Eileen said...

Made this tonight..doubled the recipe for leftovers plus extra parsley, cauliflower, garlic & an extra egg (had to use the rest of my carton). Amazing! No side dish needed as the veggies were very prominent in the dish. My entire family loved it..including my 10 yr old and 8 yr old boys! Thank you for sharing.

Kyle Wheat said...

Really enjoy all of the recipes you post. Great job with this one.

borisa djuraskovic said...

Priceless!!!..This is gonna be on my menu for tonight. I mean..definitely:)
Cheers!!!

Kathi Petersen said...

Wow, this looks amazing! I want to run out for ingredients immediately! Love your work!!

Amy said...

I'm making this tonight, but feel like I'm going to mess up the 'salt and pepper to taste.' Is there a ballpark amount you use? Also, would dried parsley be OK? If so, I'm assuming I'd have to use a different amount...

aina said...

Lovely recipe. So when u mix eggs , pasta , veggies and water up do u need to cook it ? Pasta should b hot ?

Kevin Lynch said...

aina: By that time everything but the sauce has been cooked and the heat from the pan, veggies, and piping hot pasta and pasta water will 'cook' the eggs in the sauce.

Kevin Lynch said...

Amy: A pinch or so of salt should be enough or you can omit it and allow every one to use salt at the table as desired. The dish is supposed to have a peppery flavour so if you like fresh cracked black pepper go for a teaspoon or more and if not cut back. I might omit the parsley if not using fresh but you can use the dried and I would cut back to 1/4 teaspoon.

Tara Frazier said...

made this last night and i can't stop thinking about it.... so happy i made a double portion so we can have it again tonight!

Valerie Oguss said...

Made this dish tonight and it was wonderful! Next time I'm going to add MORE pepper and maybe some cherry tomatoes. TY!

Connie said...

I just made this. It is awesome! Simple to make and full of flavor. Thanks for upping my carbonara game.

andrea said...

Your picture looks so lovely! My husband and I love this dish. He hates mushrooms so i just keep them separate and add them to my dish. I add lots of garlic too. Love that there is no cream. Thank you for a wonderful dish!

Karly Kasbohm said...

so good and easy! My husband is relatively picky and he asked to add this to the recipe book. I used prosciutto instead and just sauteed with the garlic a few minutes. It turned out great. Thank you!

Emma R said...

I'd have never thought about adding vegetables to a carbonara! But mushrooms plus pasta are always a good combination - I think I'll have to try this recipe out.

Karen Barnes said...

So does the egg really get fully cooked with only the heat of the cooked pasta and veggies? I am not a huge fan of undercooked eggs so I just want to be sure.... :) It does look good though!

Kevin Lynch said...

Karen Barnes: The egg should 'cook' enough to make it safe but it is not guaranteed. If you are concerned then you might want to avoid this recipe. You could also replace the egg yolks with heavy/whipping cream as an alternative.

Caitlin said...

Making this recipe tonight! Thanks for the cooking inspiration! :)

Bill thewoksoflife said...

Looks incredible - roasted vegetables and pasta are such a great combination!

Kevin Lynch said...

Bill thewoksoflife: I love roasting vegetables!

Laura said...

I love the way you roasted the veggies then added them. I am not a fan of adding mushrooms to liquid while cooking, they become spongy. Your way of roasting them and then adding them at the end keeps thier texture! Can't wait to make this :)

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