10 twists on classic carbonara
Fancy a comforting carbonara? Try something different with our creative twists on this classic dish, including vegan, veggie, fish and meat options.
Boasting rich, creamy and cheesy flavours, the classic carbonara is a weeknight dinner staple in the kitchens of many households. To celebrate this Italian favourite, we've collated our best twists on this beloved dish, recipes which are perfect for when you fancy experimenting while still enjoying carbonara's salty, creamy charms.
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This deliciously simple carbonara includes chicken for extra protein, combined with a rich creamy sauce which the whole family will love. Serve fresh out of the pan for a hearty, crowd-pleasing dinner.
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Now vegans can enjoy a piping hot bowl of carbonara with Sara Buenfeld's nifty vegan recipe, omitting bacon for meaty mushrooms flavoured with smoky paprika.
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This healthier vegetarian twist replaces pork with mushrooms and courgettes, ideal for packing in veggies while still enjoying something hearty. It takes just 30 minutes too, perfect for busy weeknights.
Leave out pancetta and replace with meaty chestnut and baby button mushrooms in this simple veggie carbonara, ready on the table in only 30 minutes. It uses a one-pan cooking method to save on washing-up. Also, discover health benefits of mushrooms.
We've ramped up the indulgence by adding chorizo in this seasonal carbonara, while simultaneously upping your leafy green intake with purple sprouting broccoli. The best of both worlds!
Here's a brilliant way to use up leftover smoked salmon trimmings – the rich flavour works extremely well in this creamy, indulgent dish.
Comfort, without the cream. Enjoy a warming bowl of classic carbonara without cream, using eggs to create a silky sauce. Don't worry, it's still packed with flavour from pancetta and parmesan.
Seeking comfort but also craving veggies? Look no further than this spring greens carbonara. Sweet peas and asparagus balance the saltiness of the pancetta and richness of the egg yolks.
This budget-friendly and simple twist on carbonara sees seasonal swede paired with pancetta and plenty of parmesan. This is the perfect carbonara to rustle up on chilly autumnal nights.
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We've swapped spaghetti for penne and added crispy bacon, eggs and sausage to create a breakfast-themed twist on a classic. Ready in just 25 minutes, it makes a great budget-friendly dinner, too. Also, discover our how to cook bacon guide.
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