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eggless carbonara with tempeh and edamame
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Eggless Carbonara Recipe with Tempeh

This Eggless Carbonara is the perfect way to get your carbonara fix without the eggs. Instead of bacon, the recipe calls for smoked tempeh. A whole-foods plant-based recipe that is ready in minutes. A perfect classic weeknight dinner veganized!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, European, Italian, Vegan
Servings: 2 servings


  • pot to cook pasta, shallow sauce pan to prepare carbonara


  • 120 grams dry pasta, such as spaghetti or tagliatelle (4.2 oz)
  • 50 grams almond butter; for best color results, use white but regular or roasted works too (1.7 oz)
  • 5 tablespoons nutritional yeast (25g)
  • 250 mililiters water (1 cup)
  • 150 grams smoked tempeh, cubed (5.2 oz)
  • 1 small yellow or white onion
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (swap with vegetable broth, if making oil free version)
  • 1 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 4 tablespoons pasta water (60ml)
  • salt and black pepper to taste, or 1 tablespoon miso paste

Optional add in (around 70g / 2.4 oz)

  • edamame, mushrooms, bell pepper, olives, broccoli, spinach, asparagus, green peas, sun-dried tomatoes, or arugula


  • Cook pasta according to package directions.
  • Using a whisk, mix the almond butter, nutritional yeast, and water. Cut smoked tempeh into small cubes, to represent "bacon". Peel onion and chop finely.
  • Heat olive oil in a pan. Sautée smoked tempeh in it for about 5 minutes, until browned and crisp. Add onion and fry for another 2 minutes. Then add almond butter mix and lemon juice. Add pasta water and let carbonara sauce boil briefly and thicken. Toss edamame, or other vegetables, if using it. Season with salt (or miso paste) and pepper to taste. Simmer until desired consistency and thickness is reached.
  • Toss the cooked pasta in the sauce. Serve and optionally drizzle with a little more olive oil.