Leek, Mushroom and Bacon Carbonara

Leek, Mushroom and Bacon Carbonara

Leek, Mushroom and Bacon Carbonara

The Sommelier Chef - Leek, Mushroom and Bacon Carbonara

I love a good Spaghetti Carbonara. What ever form it comes in, creamy to dry, garlicky to meaty - I love it all!

I often make Carbonara and from time to time, while being slightly mindful of my health, I'll throw some form of vegetables in it.
Makes me feel like I am trying to be healthy which normally means I have a glass of wine with it. Red, because that's supposed to be healthy too!

This version has the addition of leeks and mushrooms as I made it in the Fall and they were in the fridge.
I also used wholewheat pasta as I like the nuttiness especially with the Parmesan cheese. It also makes the dish a bit meatier.

You can substitute the eggs and creme fraiche for cream if you prefer the dish creamier or leave out the creme fraiche if you are a Carbonara purist and don't like the creamy stuff.


The Sommelier Chef - Leek, Mushroom and Bacon Carbonara
Leek, Mushroon and Bacon Carbonara

Recipe for 4 portions


200g bacon Lardons or Pancetta - chopped into batons

1 lge Leek - washed and chopped into ½ cm thick slices

150g Mushrooms - washed and sliced thinly

2 Cloves Garlic - chopped finely

2 Medium Eggs - whisked together

4 Tbsp Creme Fraiche

2 Tbsp Milk

250g Spaghetti

Parsley - 1 Tbsp chopped

Parmesan Cheese - grated

Salt and Pepper for seasoning

The Mix: 


Slowly cook bacon in a large high sided frying pan until fat starts to come out and bacon starts to crisp lightly

Add Leek, Mushrooms and Garlic, mix together and cook slowly until vegetables soften and colours slightly

Mix Eggs, Creme Fraiche and Milk together in a bowl

Cook Pasta in large pot of boiling water then drain

Once pasta is cooked and while still hot, mix in Egg mixture, Bacon mixture and Parsley and stir well

Season with Salt and Pepper to your preference

Serve immediately with plenty of grated fresh Parmesan Cheese......Yummmmmmy!


Drink This: 

A smooth red from Veneto, Italy

Veneto Red Wine

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