30 minute Creamy Mushroom Carbonara

Quick & Easy Mushroom Carbonara. Rich creamy pasta tossed with mushrooms and fresh parsley. Ready in less than 20 minutes!

mushroom carbonara

 

This is such a quick and easy recipe that can be wiped up in less than 30 minutes start to finish. A classic spin on carbonara with mushrooms for an earthy twist. Carbonara by nature is a simple dish made with few ingredients yet comes together beautifully. Classic carbonara is made with egg, pasta, starchy water and some sort of salty pork either bacon, pancetta, or guanciale. (I know what your thinking what the heck is guanciale?) I must have been snoozing in culinary school when they covered this delicious cured meat because i had to google it too. Guanciale is prepared from pork jowl or cheeks and it rubbed in spices and then cured. The cured meat got its name from guancia, which mean cheek or pillow in Italian.

 

mushroom carbonara

 

I changed this recipe up a bit with the mushrooms, garlic, and gasp heavy cream! I know people swear by not adding cream to their carbonara but this is the beauty of cooking you can make any recipe your own! This is also why i like cooking rather than baking. There is not much variation in a triple layer cake or home-made croissant. If you are wondering why i do not have a dessert category yet this is why : ) I do have plenty of pasta recipes and this one is up there as one of my favorites for a quick weeknight dinner. Enjoy!

 

30 minute Creamy Mushroom Carbonara

3 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 2

Quick & Easy Mushroom Carbonara. Rich creamy pasta tossed with mushrooms and fresh parsley. Ready in less than 20 minutes!

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 oz shitaki mushrooms sliced
  • 4 oz white button mushrooms sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 box 6.75 oz whole wheat thin spaghetti
  • 1/4 cup starchy pasta water
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 tbsp heavy cream
  • 1/8 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley

Instructions

  1. Begin by boiling pasta in salted water until al-dente. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan heat olive oil and sauté mushrooms until tender 3 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute. Take off heat and set mixture aside. When pasta is done cooking make sure to reserve 1/4 cup of the liquid for the sauce. Place pasta back in pan and add in egg yolk one at a time stirring slowly. Add heavy cream and pasta water. Sprinkle Parmesan and stir until combined and thickened. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle each plate with fresh parsley.
Nutrition Facts
30 minute Creamy Mushroom Carbonara
Amount Per Serving
Calories 601 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 209mg70%
Sodium 131mg6%
Potassium 616mg18%
Carbohydrates 92g31%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 25g50%
Vitamin A 580IU12%
Vitamin C 4.6mg6%
Calcium 148mg15%
Iron 5.2mg29%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Garlic, Mushroom, Pasta

 

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  • Dave Buch

    That may be the worst directions for a recipe ever… or maybe just the most unclear. Step by step… not everyone is a “classically trained chef” just saying.

    • Nathan

      Hi Dave,

      I’ll try to break the instructions down for you so it’s easier to understand.
      1. boil pasta in salted water until almost tender.
      2. In separate pot, cook mushrooms in olive oil for about 3 minutes or till they are tender and have a little crispy brown on the edges.
      3. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute. 4. Scrape mushrooms and garlic onto a plate and set it aside to cool.
      5. Save 1/4 cup of the pasta water.
      6. Strain out pasta and put it back into pot, add mushrooms and garlic back in.
      7. Add egg yolks one at a time stirring slowly.
      8.Add the hot water, heavy cream and Parmesan and stir until combined and thickened.
      9. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle with fresh parsley.

      I hope you found that clear.
      Thank you.

      Nathan