Once in a while I get my hands on a cookbook that I just cannot stop using. Julie Hasson’s Vegan Casseroles is one of them, and Chloe Coscarelli’s Vegan Italian Kitchen is my latest. I’ve tried a handful of the recipes, each of which I would absolutely make again. You don’t really need any hard-to-find ingredients, and if you have a good blender or food processor, most of them come together quickly and easily for a really impressive meal. I shared my version of this dish on Instagram not too long ago and asked Chloe if I could share the recipe here. If nothing else, you’re going to hang this Shiitake Bacon recipe on your fridge so you can make it every week!

Shiitake Bacon

  • 1 lb shiitake mushrooms, trimmed and thinly sliced (about ¼ inch thick)
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1¼ tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper

Preheat the oven to 375°F.

On a large rimmed baking sheet, toss mushrooms with oil, salt, and pepper. Bake for about 30 minutes, turning frequently with a spatula, until lightly browned and crisp.

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Pasta Carbonara with Shiitake Bacon

Vegan Pasta Carbonara with Shiitake Bacon

By BakeandDestroy Published: February 9, 2015

  • Yield: 4 Servings

This creamy pasta sauce is made with tofu instead of dairy. Topped with meaty, salty mushroom bacon it's a hearty dish that's easy to make.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook according to package directions. Drain and return to the pot.
  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add onion and let cook until soft. Add garlic and let cook a few more minutes. Remove from heat.
  3. In a blender, combine onion, garlic, tofu, water, lemon juice, and salt. Process on high until very smooth, about 2 minutes.
  4. Add sauce to pasta and toss to coat. Season with pepper and add more salt to taste. Let pasta sit for about 5 minutes to allow sauce to thicken slightly. Top with shiitake bacon, parsley, Parmesan topping, if using, and serve.
  5. NOTE: If sauce thickens too much as it sits, reconstitute the pasta by adding a little water or nondairy milk. Stir over medium heat until smooth. Adjust seasoning again to taste.

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