Vegan Pasta Carbonara

Vegan Pasta Carbonara is a creamy, rich experience that will satisfy that craving for the traditional dish minus all the calories.  Easy to make and packed with protein –  you get the best of both worlds!

Vegan Pasta Carbonara - Chickapea Pasta

Chickapea  is the perfect answer to creating a healthy pasta dish that is filling and gives you that flavor punch.  Finding a way to make this dish vegan was definitely a challenge considering that conventional carbonara contains cheese, milk and eggs but some soy milk, raw cashews and spices go a long way to finding that perfect solution!

Ingredients for vegan carbonara

I even made some vegan bacon!  I used sliced portobello mushrooms and panfried them till crispy with a simple salt, red pepper flakes and chipotle sauce for a kick.  You can also use sun-dried tomatoes (the dry kind) or even carrots would be fun.

Vegan mushroom bacon

With so many people switching to vegan and vegetarian diets, I find it both challenging and rewarding to find ways to turn popular, but not necessarily, healthy dishes into meals that your family can include in their regular meal rotation with confidence that they are meeting all their nutritional needs.

You can include cherry tomatoes and maybe some peas and basil if that’s your jam.  As always, this recipe is versatile enough to add your own spin according to your tastes.

Quick and easy carbonara - vegan style!

Robyn from Simply Fresh Dinners is Chickapea’s recipe creator and shares a new recipe with us once a month. To see more of her creations, you can check out her Instagram and Facebook feeds.

We’re crushing on these vegan pasta dishes right now:

We’re almost into fall and we’d love to see what you’re cooking.  Share your dishes with us on Instagram and hashtag @chickapeapasta and #chickapeapasta so we can celebrate the new season with you.

5 from 10 votes
Vegan Pasta Carbonara
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
30 mins
Vegan Pasta Carbonara is a creamy, rich experience that will satisfy that craving for the traditional dish minus all the calories.  Easy to make and packed with protein -  you get the best of both worlds!
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: vegan pasta carbonara
Servings: 4
Author: Robyn Gleason
  • 16 ounces Chickapea Pasta penne ( 2 boxes)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup red onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup mushrooms, sliced
  • 3/4 cup soaked cashew nuts
  • 10 ounces soy milk
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp nutritional yeast
  • pinch of cayenne
  • 1.5 tbsp liquid smoke
  • handful of fresh parsley
  • 1 cup vegan cheese, (optional, to garnish)
  1. Soak cashews overnight.

  2. Cook Chickapea pasta according to direction, reserve one cup of pasta water

  3. Heat olive oil in large pan on medium heat.  Add garlic, mushrooms and onions.  Saute until mushrooms are brown and onion is translucent.

  4. In blender combine cashews, milk, paprika, yeast, liquid smoke, salt and pepper. Blend on high until creamy; add small amounts of olive oil at a time until emulsified, blend on low speed.

  5. Add sauce to pan with mushroom mixture, heating throughout.  Add pasta and reserved pasta water if necessary to thin. (I prefer mine a little creamier and didn't add any water)l  Toss pasta with cream and mushrooms and until coated.  Cook until you have a shiny glaze.

  6. Top with parsley and cheese if desired. Serve immediately.


Chickapea Pasta with vegan carbonara sauce


Creamy carbonara with all the deliciousness but none of the calories! #veganpasta #healthypasta #chickpeapata #lentilpasta #plantbasedprotein

  • Trish Bozeman
    Posted at 13:15h, 04 September Reply

    I’m so glad to have found a vegan version of carbonara! I know my kid will get a protein filled, gluten free meal and that makes me very happy.

  • Lauren Kirchmaier
    Posted at 19:05h, 03 September Reply

    This looks so cozy! I can’t wait to try it!

  • Regina
    Posted at 01:22h, 02 September Reply

    What a fantastic vegan recipe and full of protein thanks to Chickapea! Yum

  • Rachael
    Posted at 16:42h, 01 September Reply

    I love that it’s dairy-free!

  • Sarah
    Posted at 10:47h, 31 August Reply

    This looks so indulgent, but it’s so healthy and protein packed! Definitely will be trying this!

    • Chickapea
      Posted at 13:21h, 31 August Reply

      Try serving it and don’t tell anyone it’s healthier! See what they say. 😉

  • Dana
    Posted at 09:52h, 31 August Reply

    This looks and sounds absolutely amazing. I never thought I’d live in a world where creamy and dreamy pasta carbonara could be healthy. All that protein! I’m all over this.

  • Sarah
    Posted at 09:29h, 31 August Reply

    This looks so insanely good! I bet it will keep me full too with all that Chickapea fibre and protein! Winner!

    • Chickapea
      Posted at 13:15h, 31 August Reply

      Love this healthy version – that’s we’re all about! Big flavors and great nutrition!

  • Michelle @ Sunkissed Kitchen
    Posted at 19:31h, 30 August Reply

    Love the addition of smokey mushroom “bacon!” That would add so much flavor to this I am sure you wouldn’t miss the cheese! And on Chickapea? A great meal!

    • Chickapea
      Posted at 09:26h, 31 August Reply

      I think we will try Robyn’s suggestion of sun-dried tomato bacon too! 🙂

  • Kristen
    Posted at 19:07h, 30 August Reply

    This sauce is incredible! So rich and dreamy!!

    • Chickapea
      Posted at 09:27h, 31 August Reply

      Love this healthy version that still has all the delicious flavor!

  • Tania Sheff
    Posted at 18:15h, 30 August Reply

    I just need this tasty dish in my life! It looks so scrumptious, and the protein-loaded Chickapea pasta is the best!

  • Natasha
    Posted at 15:25h, 30 August Reply

    This sounds totally delicious! Love how the protein will keep you full for hours!

    • Chickapea
      Posted at 16:28h, 30 August Reply

      Such a great way to celebrate fall, Natasha!

  • marcie
    Posted at 14:59h, 30 August Reply

    Brilliant idea to make a vegan inspired carbonara! I love that it’s so creamy and healthy and it doesn’t skimp on flavor!

    • Chickapea
      Posted at 16:29h, 30 August Reply

      Isn’t it fun to get creative with vegan, Marcie?!

  • Erin @ The Almond Eater
    Posted at 13:27h, 30 August Reply

    Love this creamy vegan pasta!!

    • Chickapea
      Posted at 16:29h, 30 August Reply

      It’s definitely extra creamy 🙂

  • Chickapea
    Posted at 12:30h, 30 August Reply

    We love that you’re such a big fan of our pasta, Michelle! Let’s us know what you think of the recipe 🙂

  • Michelle Higgins
    Posted at 12:08h, 30 August Reply

    Yum! I am so trying this, looks delicious!😋

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