This Vegetarian Spaghetti Carbonara recipe yields a silky creamy pasta dish just like the regular spaghetti carbonara. The bacon is replaced with chunky, flattened, crispy chickpeas and the egg sauce with heavy cream. Try this for a refreshing take on a classic Pasta recipe.
Italian and Chinese, I must say are the two most popular cuisines in India. Apart from Indian of course! 😛 Except for the fact that both these cuisines work with noodl-y things that can steal your hearts, the flavor profiles are miles apart. One is heavy on spices and while the other relies on subtle yet rich flavors. In spite of that striking difference, in India, you can find numerous hole-in –the-wall places selling “chili paneer” or “pasta in white sauce”, probably even with a generous amount of tadka/tempering to it! 😛 For those of you who are unaware of the word tempering, it is a garnish kind of thing-y made by the addition of mustard seeds to hot oil.
Well, I am not that different after all! I admit I love my pasta and noodles, sometimes with tadka too. Remember how I made this Indian version of Mac N Cheese? However, I am not on some kind of a crusade against meat or authenticity. One could unknowingly conclude that considering the number of meat-swap recipes I have on the blog. Like this Orange Cauliflower here or the Vegan Corn Dogs here. 😀 But… I am a simple girl who likes to live and let live. Am I opinionated? Sure, I stand by my beliefs. Do I force my opinions on others? Never! Do I have an open mind to hear others out? Definitely.
What I am trying to say here is that I vegetarian-ise so many meat recipes because… I like to do so. When I read recipes, I almost taste the flavors in my head. And, then strikes the desire to taste them which results in these beautiful experiments in my kitchen. Born out of one such experiment is the vegetarian spaghetti carbonara recipe.
For the vegetarian spaghetti carbonara, I happened to mimic the flavors of meat and the creamy sauce with vegetarian substitutes. I confide, I am very thrilled with the results. Give it a go and you would never know that this is vegetarian spaghetti carbonara!
Here is the recipe for:
Vegetarian Spaghetti Carbonara