Date posted: 03/05/2021

Vegan Spaghetti Carbonara with Flora Plant

  • Serves 10
  • Timing: 25 mins
Votes: 2 Average: 5


For the mushroom
King oyster mushrooms 500g
Flora Plant Unsalted 150g
Smoked paprika 3g
Soy sauce 25g
Maple syrup 25g
Sosa beetroot smoke 1g
For the cauliflower
Cauliflowers, cut into large chunks 2
Flora Plant Unsalted, melted 250g
For the pasta
Everyday Favourites spaghetti or linguine 1kg
For the sauce
Onions, finely chopped 2
Garlic cloves, sliced 3
Olive oil 100ml
Vegan white wine 400ml
Sprigs of fresh thyme 5
Flora Plant Double 500ml
For the garnish
Crispy sage leaves
Vegan hard cheese
Chopped fresh parsley
Basil infused oil


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  1. Start by making the mushroom-based bacon. Finely dice 400g of the king oyster mushrooms. Fry the mushrooms in 100g of the Flora Plant Unsalted until nicely browned. Drain and leave to dry on kitchen roll.
  2. Thinly slice the remaining mushrooms lengthways and fry in the rest of the Flora Plant Unsalted. Again, leave to drain on kitchen roll.
  3. Make the marinade by mixing the smoked paprika, soy sauce, maple syrup and Sosa beetroot smoke in a large bowl. Soak the diced mushrooms in the marinade for 20 minutes. Drain on kitchen roll and then place in a dehydrator until crisp. The mushrooms will keep in an airtight container for a few weeks.
  4. Roast the large chunks of cauliflower in the 250g of melted Flora Plant Unsalted and season to taste.
  5. Cook the pasta for 10-12 minutes, drain and refresh under cold water. Keep some of the pasta cooking water.
  6. To make the sauce, gently fry the onions and garlic in the olive oil until soft but not coloured. Pour in the white wine and leave to evaporate. Stir in the smoked mushroom bits and thyme sprigs and continue frying for a couple of minutes. Pour in the Flora Plant Double and bring to a simmer. Season to taste.
  7. Deep fry the sliced mushrooms until crispy, drain on kitchen roll.
  8. Add the pasta to the creamy sauce, with some of the pasta cooking water to loosen the dish a little.
  9. Divide the pasta between your serving bowls. Top with the crispy mushrooms, roasted cauliflower, crispy sage, a grating of vegan hard cheese, a sprinkling of fresh parsley and finish with a little drizzle of basil infused oil.
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