Dairy-Free ‘Carbonara’

Dairy-Free 'Carbonara' - Quirky Cooking
Bacon Carbonara with Dairy Free Sauce & Spelt Pasta
I love Bacon Carbonara, but I can’t use cream in mine because of my dairy intolerance, and I try not to have bacon too often because it’s full of those nasty nitrates and nitrites. So here’s my version, with lots of mushrooms, and baby spinach – it’s still tasty and creamy! By the way, if you can’t bear it without bacon, only use a little, and serve it with antioxidants such as fresh orange juice or a tomato salad – this helps to minimise the harmful effects of nitrosamines.
If your kids love cheese but can’t have it, you can make this look really cheesey by using arrowroot for the thickener – it makes the creamy sauce all ‘stringy’ – the first time I did it, my kids really thought there was cheese in it!
Note: You can find Fine sea salt,  Aussie Kibble Pepper and Organic Garlic for this recipe in my online store!
1. Chop onion & garlic (and bacon if using) in Thermomix on speed 5 for 5 seconds:
– 1 large onion, halved
– 2 cloves garlic
– a couple of rashers of bacon (don’t chop, just pull off the rind & throw it in!)
2. Scrape down sides, add butter/oil, and cook for 2 minutes at 100 degrees on speed 2:
– 30g butter or olive oil
3. Add sliced mushrooms (or throw in whole and chop for 3 seconds on speed 3), and cook another 2 minutes at 100 degrees on speed 2:
– 2 to 4 cups sliced mushrooms (however many you want)
4. Add spinach, extra butter (opt.), flour, milk and seasonings and cook for 7 minutes at 100 degrees speed 2, or until sauce is thickened:
– a couple of handfuls of baby spinach
– 2 Tblspns butter or olive oil
– 2 Tblspns arrowroot (or rice/cornflour/spelt) flour
– 2 cups rice/almond milk
– a couple of splashes of tamari (or soy sauce)
– 2 tsp chicken or vege stock concentrate
– sea salt & freshly ground pepper to taste
5. Check seasonings, and serve over spelt or gluten free pasta.

22 thoughts on “Dairy-Free ‘Carbonara’

  1. Anonymous says:

    this recipe was lovely – thank you so so much – being dairy-free and wheat free for years has left me with very little cooking choices – this was a breath of fresh air for me and my kids – delicious!!

  2. Christina says:

    Wow, I can’t wait to try this! Btw, instead of cutting out bacon completely, try using “uncured” bacon. It’s made with all natural ingredients, so the only nitrates are those naturally occurring in celery salt. I have two boys on the autism spectrum, so we’ve been gfcf for several years. My more-affected son also seems to be sensitive to nitrates, etc, so uncured bacon, hot dogs, and luncheon meats have been a God-send … just like wonderful bloggers who convert recipes! Thank you 😉

  3. Thermonewby says:

    Might be too late to ask but how would you add chicken to this? NOt sure how long you have to cook say 500-600g chicken in the thermo for? Love your recipes thanks so much 🙂

  4. Korryn says:

    Fabulous! I did it on the stove so had to adjust slightly but still a fab base recipe and very forgiving and versatile!

  5. Geordie says:

    Success! I have a very happy 10yo who loves carbonara but is dairy free (& failsafe). We made it with leek, onion, Nuttelex, rice milk, corn flour & FS chicken stock. Absolutely delicious!

    • Leslie says:

      I am not seeing yeast flakes in the ingredient list.
      How much?
      I’ve been craving something like this and want it to turn out well!
      Thank you!

  6. John Jackson says:

    I know you have the butter marked as optional, but why have butter in a dairy-free recipe? And extra butter?

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