Meatless Monday – Spaghetti Carbonara with Shiitake ‘Bacon’

It’s been a while since I’ve made this simple but lovely dish. In fact, I’m making it tonight. Spaghetti Carbonara is a classic for a reason. Just a few ingredients blend together to create a delicious pasta. This one uses shiitake mushrooms instead of the traditional bacon with wonderful results . You won’t be disappointed…



BACON…OMG! I think I’ve found the Holy Grail! As you might have gleaned from past blog posts, I love loved bacon.  I don’t eat it anymore but that doesn’t mean I’m going down without a fight.  I have taken on the challenge of finding that perfect bacon substitute that satisfies our taste for ‘umame’ (horrible word whoever came up with the name), which is considered one of the five basic tastes, including sweet, sour, bitter and salty. Umami, translated from Japanese as a “pleasant savory taste” is thought to hit our brain receptors as a long lasting and mouth watering sensation on our tongues, which is why we love that salty, savory yumminess that you get from foods like bacon.  I have tried a few recipes with decent results like ‘Coconut Bacon’ and Crispy Shallots but when I came across directions for making Shiitake ‘Bacon’ in the…

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