Spaghetti Carbonara vegetarian, Recipe for without Bacon Pasta

Spaghetti Carbonara vegetarian recipe picture
Spaghetti Carbonara as a vegetarian variant on the plate

Hi, I am a German Chef and Food Photographer. The imparting of cooking knowledge is my great passion. Everyone can cook for himself and with this website I would like to contribute to its success. Cooking questions I answer you gladly at the end of the articles. Have fun and good luck!

At this point I would like to present you my recipe for vegetarian Spaghetti Carbonara. The traditional Italian pasta dish sensationally prepared with tofu and mushrooms.

Pasta is definitely a feel-good meal and this dish with egg and cream always makes me happy. I eat meat-free more and more often, partly for health reasons and partly for animal welfare reasons. That’s why I have modified the traditional Italian dish for all those who feel the same way. After several attempts I have come to the following variant. The taste of the dish is very close to the original.

I often and gladly use smoked tofu as a meat substitute, if it is necessary for the good taste at all. Smoked tofu is so to speak my miracle substitute for bacon & co and I always have some in the fridge.

Shall we chat in the kitchen? I wish you success and a good appetite.

Spaghetti Carbonara Recipe Original Image
Spaghetti Carbonara recipe picture. Cook this simple pasta and enjoy the finest Italian cuisine!
The originalSpaghetti Carbonara recipesupplemented with crispy herb chips I show you in another post. © Food Photographer Thomas Sixt

1. Basic Knowledge about Pasta Carbonara

There are a few points that are important for your pasta dish. Let’s start with the pasta:

Then I would like to give you a few hints for the curdling of the egg-cream mixture on the noodles:

Cream is a popular point of discussion at the Carbonara. Ornella from Milan showed me her family recipe with cream, with little cream!

veg carbonara portrait format
Vegetarian carbonara spaghetti arranged in portrait format, cooked, arranged and photographed by professional chef Thomas Sixt
Vegetarian Carbonara Spaghetti, a delicious dish!

2. Homemade Pesto

Homemade pesto in a glass photographed from above.
Pour homemade pesto into a screw-top jar.
Homemade pesto, how to do this I’ll show you another post.

Of course, this is not part of the recipe for you and is not mandatory. So it is rather “the cherry on the cream”.

If you have more time in advance I recommend my recipe pesto Genovese, the green classic. In the wild garlic season I sometimes give wild garlic pesto as a topping on the pasta!

3. Vegetarian Spaghetti Carbonara Recipe

Spaghetti Carbonara vegetarian

Original recipe from Italy as a vegetarian variation with professional cooking tips for ingenious pasta with egg.

Servings 2
Calories 763
Total Time 18 Min.
Spaghetti Carbonara vegetarian recipe with many tips. Cook and enjoy meat-free Italian food. Have fun and good luck!

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Spaghetti Carbonara vegetarian recipe picture
Spaghetti Carbonara as a vegetarian variant on the plate


Preparation Time

10 Min.

Cook Time

8 Min.


250 g spaghetti
80 g smoked tofu
80 g Champignons (mushrooms)
1 pc clove of garlic
1-2 tbs oliv oil
3 pc eggs
1 tbs Cream
60 g finely grated parmesan (or pecorino)
4 pinches Salt
3 pinches Pepper
2 pinches dried chilli (chili powder or chili flakes)


Cooked spaghetti

Place a large pot with plenty of water on top and bring to the boil. Salt the spaghetti water well – it should taste like sea water.

Put the spaghetti into the boiling water and cook it until it is firm to the bite, depending on the thickness of the spaghetti 6-10 minutes. In between stir once with a wooden spoon.

Pour the cooked spaghetti into a sieve and shake well.

Cut the smoked tofu
Frying tofu in strips would be an option instead of fish. I like the smoked tofu, it brings an exciting taste to the soup!

Cut smoked tofu into fine cubes.

Mushrooms when frying in the pan

Clean and slice the mushrooms.

Cubed tofu with mushrooms

Fry the diced tofu and mushrooms plus a finely chopped clove of garlic in olive oil. Remove the garlic from the pan later.

Eggs, cream, parsley and spices for carbonara

Mix eggs, cream, finely chopped parsley, dried chilli, salt and pepper in a bowl.

Spaghetti Carbonara vegetarian in the pan

Add spaghetti to the tofu and mushrooms in the pan. Add the cream-egg mixture and mix briefly on the stove.

Spaghetti with egg, cream and tofu

Add grated parmesan or pecorino (caution, salty!)

Vegetarian spaghetti carbonara
served spaghetti carbonara according to Thomas Sixt.

Arrange the Spaghetti Carbonara quickly on warm plates or in bowls, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle some more Parmesan cheese. If you like, add pesto genovese or wild garlic pesto as a supplement.

Bon appetite!


The pesto does not come on the plate in the original! I have tried the dish with both types of pesto and find it simply exciting. Just try this variation and enjoy it…

4. Calories and Nutritional Values

5. More Ideas for Do-It-Yourself Cooking

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