Lightened-Up Carbonara Pasta

Liana Werner-Gray


Classic carbonara pasta may be delicious, but it’s as rich as rich can be, loaded with eggs, hard cheese and thick-cut bacon. Because of its high fat and cholesterol content, it’s off the table for many, along with its unique taste experience. To help fill what some may feel is a considerable void (While others may feel that this version is the way it always should have been!) we offer this lightened-up, vegan dish. These better-for-you ingredients come together so beautifully, with a decadent creaminess, that you won’t remember it was ever made any other way.

Vegan Carbonara Pasta

Vegan Carbonara Pasta
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Lightened-Up Carbonara Pasta

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 110 kcal
Author Liana Werner-Gray



  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion chopped
  • 3 tsp. garlic minced
  • ¼ cup gluten-free flour
  • 2-¾ cups plant-based milk
  • 1 Tbsp. nutritional yeast
  • 2 Tbsp. cashew cream cheese
  • 2 Tbsp. vegan parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. black pepper


  1. In large pot, bring water to boil and cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. In large pan, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add onions and garlic and sauté until onion turns translucent and begins to brown, about 5 minutes.
  3. Sprinkle flour over onions and stir to coat. Cook about 60 seconds.
  4. Whisk in all remaining ingredients and cook about 5 minutes until thickened, whisking as needed. (Note: If sauce gets too thick, add splash more plant-based milk; if sauce is too thin, cook it longer.)
  5. In large bowl, combine pasta, bacon and sauce and toss together.

  6. Garnish with fresh parsley and black pepper.

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Nutrition Facts
Lightened-Up Carbonara Pasta
Amount Per Serving
Calories 110 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 3mg1%
Sodium 567mg24%
Potassium 94mg3%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 40IU1%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 212mg21%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.