February 8, 2015
Tempeh Bacon Carbonara

Tempeh Bacon Vegan Carbonara! Creamy cauliflower sauce with whole wheat pasta and homemade tempeh bacon! A healthy, low-fat recipe that tastes like the creamiest pasta you’ve ever had! Tempeh Bacon Carbonara! Creamy cauliflower sauce with whole wheat pasta and homemade tempeh bacon! Such a healthy, low-fat recipe that taste like the creamiest pasta you've ever had! Vegan | www.delishknowledge.com

OK, before I get into the amazingness of this creamy, isthisreallife? pasta, I have to tell you….

We made a video! Another “t” crossed on the blogger checklist. I mean, don’t get me wrong, we’ve made videos before, but that was back in the day when I was still using my phone as a camera so just use your imagination for how those turned out.

It was so fun pretending that BL and I had any knowledge about production, microphones, or how to shoot a cooking video, but we did it and had a blast! You can check it out at the bottom of this post. But first, some photos of my new favorite pasta.

Note to self: Always have a plate of the food you are blogging about in front of you when sitting down to write!Tempeh Bacon Carbonara! Creamy cauliflower sauce with whole wheat pasta and homemade tempeh bacon! Such a healthy, low-fat recipe that taste like the creamiest pasta you've ever had! Vegan | www.delishknowledge.com

Vegan Carbonara with Tempeh Bacon

I don’t even know where to start with this one… the crispy tempeh bacon crumbles, the creamy low-fat sauce, how it just comes together perfectly and leaves you wanting to make this dish every night for a week straight?

We’ll start with bacon. Veggie friends, can we talk for a moment about how weird America’s obsession with bacon has become? Is it just me or do you feel like everywhere you turn someone is trying to put bacon where it doesn’t belong? I’ve seen bacon microwave cups, bacon brownies, and Sacramento restaurants even feature a Bacon Week every winter. What the what? I honestly don’t get it. While I haven’t eaten real bacon in eons, when I did, I don’t remember the full-on pandemonium that seems to accompany it now.

So veggie or not, we are starting this vegan carbonara pasta with tempeh bacon. If you haven’t had tempeh bacon before, prepare for your mind to be blown! Not only is it packed with healthy protein, it also doesn’t contain the cholesterol or saturated fat of traditional bacon, which is a win-win even if you aren’t vegetarian.
Tempeh Bacon Carbonara! Creamy cauliflower sauce with whole wheat pasta and homemade tempeh bacon! Such a healthy, low-fat recipe that taste like the creamiest pasta you've ever had! Vegan | www.delishknowledge.com

To mimic the bacon flavor, we liberally marinade the tempeh clusters in soy sauce, maple syrup, cumin and balsamic vinegar. The steamed tempeh then soaks up every last drop of flavors only to be lightly fried in a pan later.  Now, tempeh bacon obsession is something I can totally get behind. Tempeh Bacon Carbonara! Creamy cauliflower sauce with whole wheat pasta and homemade tempeh bacon! Such a healthy, low-fat recipe that taste like the creamiest pasta you've ever had! Vegan | www.delishknowledge.com

Since I wanted to go for a carbonara-like pasta, I knew I needed a creamy base to hold the bacon clusters and pasta together. While I tend to favor my heavier, richer cashew-based sauces, I needed a little break.

Cauliflower to the rescue, again! I initially made this video to show everyone how to create a thick, luxurious sauce using cauliflower! Steamed cauliflower, some almond milk and a few spices completely transform the vegetable into a versatile sauce that is just perfect in this carbonara dish. Even though it’s low fat, it doesn’t taste that way. Aha! Magic. Tempeh Bacon Carbonara! Creamy cauliflower sauce with whole wheat pasta and homemade tempeh bacon! Such a healthy, low-fat recipe that taste like the creamiest pasta you've ever had! Vegan | www.delishknowledge.com

To my gluten-free friends, you can make this dish, too! Just swap in your favorite gluten-free pasta and you are good to go. I have been loving Trader Joe’s brown rice & quinoa linguine and think that would make the perfect swap here.

Cook the pasta, toss with the vegan carbonara sauce and add the tempeh bacon! I also like to add a generous garnish of fresh parsley as it helps to cut through some of the richness of both the sauce and the tempeh bacon.

Let’s get a few more close-ups and then it’s show time, um, video time! If you liked it, I would love for you to subscribe to my new youtube channel. Enjoy!
Tempeh Bacon Carbonara! Creamy cauliflower sauce with whole wheat pasta and homemade tempeh bacon! Such a healthy, low-fat recipe that taste like the creamiest pasta you've ever had! Vegan | www.delishknowledge.com Tempeh Bacon Carbonara! Creamy cauliflower sauce with whole wheat pasta and homemade tempeh bacon! Such a healthy, low-fat recipe that taste like the creamiest pasta you've ever had! Vegan | www.delishknowledge.com

If you try this vegan carbonara, let me know! Leave a comment, rate it, and tag your Instagram photos with #delishknowledge . I absolutely love seeing your creations. Happy cooking! 

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Tempeh Bacon Carbonara! Creamy cauliflower sauce with whole wheat pasta and homemade tempeh bacon! Such a healthy, low-fat recipe that taste like the creamiest pasta you've ever had! Vegan | www.delishknowledge.com

Vegan Carbonara with Tempeh Bacon

  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 large servings, 6 normal size servings 1x
  • Category: pasta, entree, dinner, main

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Tempeh Bacon Vegan Carbonara! Creamy cauliflower sauce with whole wheat pasta and homemade tempeh bacon! Such a healthy, low-fat recipe that taste like the creamiest pasta you’ve ever had!


  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 large servings, 6 normal size servings 1x
  • Category: pasta, entree, dinner, main
  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 large servings, 6 normal size servings 1x
  • Category: pasta, entree, dinner, main
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Ingredients

  • 8 oz. tempeh
  • 3 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil, divided
  • 1 1/2 tsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • 1 head cauliflower, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened milk
  • 2 tbsp. nutritional yeast
  • 1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 lb. whole wheat pasta
  • fresh parsley, chopped (for garnish, optional)

Instructions

  1. Place the tempeh in a steamer basket and steam for 10 minutes until soft. Remove from basket and crumble into a bowl. Add soy sauce, maple syrup, 1 tbsp. olive oil, 1 1/2 tsp. balsamic vinegar, 1/2 tsp. cumin. Marinade while you prepare the cauliflower.
  2. Chop the cauliflower and place in a steamer basket. Cook for 10 minutes until cauliflower is soft.
  3. Place cauliflower in a blender along with the remaining tbsp. olive oil, garlic, milk, nutritional yeast, lemon juice, onion powder and garlic powder. Blend until silky and smooth, about 3-4 minutes.
  4. Heat a large non-stick skillet on medium heat. Add the marinated tempeh and cook until crispy and golden, about 10 minutes.
  5. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and add the pasta. Cook until al dente.
  6. Add the cauliflower sauce to the whole wheat pasta (you may not need all of it, start with a cup or two and toss, add more if you’d like). Add the tempeh bacon and toss again.
  7. Garnish with fresh parsley.

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Meet Alex Caspero

Alex Caspero is a Registered Dietitian, Plant-Based Chef and Yoga Instructor. She aims to cut through the nutrition noise by providing real-life, nourishing tips for body and mind. Learn more about Alex.

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  1. Okay, your paragraph about America’s fascination with bacon? It’s like YOU READ MY MIND!!! Seriously, I can understand that bacon is good, but I think bacon is overrated. I liked bacon in my pre-veggie days, but not to the extent that I would add it to everything. Have you seen that alarm clock where you can put bacon in, and in the morning, it starts to cook it so you wake up to the smell of bacon? Yep, that exists. On another note, this pasta looks absolutely delicious! I love that you used cauliflower in the sauce!

  2. Wow! You are a natural in front of the camera! I really enjoyed watching you do your thing ;). I’ve never had tempeh bacon and now you def have been intrigued. And yes, cauliflower has been coming to my rescue quite often lately as well

  3. Yay, you tube!! I loved the video! You Tube is one of my goals for 2015 but the idea of shooting videos feels totally daunting right now. But you make it look so easy! Thanks for the inspiration, friend! Looking fwd to seeing more videos from you. 🙂

  4. Loved your originial cauliflower sauce recipe and carbonara is basically my fav pasta dish ever so I am trying this one asap! The video looks great 🙂

  5. This pasta looks dreamy and your video is awesome – so professional! Love this healthy version of such a rich, comfort food!

  6. Love your video – it’s awesome!! I noticed cauliflower on sale at the grocery store yesterday and almost grabbed one, but wasn’t sure what I’d do with it other than roast it This recipe seems like a much better option. 🙂

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