Kale & Wild Mushroom Vegetarian Spaghetti Carbonara #shortcuteggsperts

Friday, March 21, 2014

Creamy vegetarian spaghetti carbonara bulked up with fresh kale, wild mushrooms and green beans!  You won't even miss the pancetta!
#Kale & Wild Mushroom #Vegetarian Carbonara | Anyonita Nibbles| Such a creamy and delicious ways to use eggs in a main meal!
Yield 4 servings

Kale & Wild Mushroom Vegetarian Spaghetti Carbonara 

This carbonara is so creamy and luscious and incredibly earthy. By now you probably know that we're bona fide carnivores in this house; munching on all the meats from pork to lamb to chicken, but every now and then it's nice to just have vegetables. My favorite thing about this dish is the kale. And then there's the mushrooms that have an earthy taste all their own. And then you get the tarragon. *swoon* If you've never had tarragon with mushrooms ... well, just try it. Tarragon and mushrooms go together like ketchup and mustard.

Closer look at Kale & Wild Mushroom Vegetarian Spaghetti Carbonara | Anyonita Nibbles

With all that earthiness going on, it's easy to miss the quiet superstar in a carbonara: the eggs. This recipe was adapted for the #shortcuteggsperts campaign from an asparagus carbonara recipe I saw. As an eggspert (see what we did there?), I'm going to be providing you with ideas for different ways you can use eggs throughout the year!

Veggie carbonara made with cavolo nero, green beans and mushrooms | Anyonita Nibbles
Yesterday, we had a recorded Google Hangouts session where a group of us eggsperts got together to chat about our ideas for using eggs in a main course. It was my on-air debut and just as it's my turn to speak my WiFi cut out. :( But, the rest of the conversation is really interesting and unique ideas for using eggs were thrown around. You can watch the hangout and listen to my deafening silence when it's my turn to speak on Youtube.
Quick vegetarian friendly carbonara | Anyonita Nibbles

If you're jonesing for more vegetarian grub, you'll like this Pinterest board:


For the kale & wild mushroom carbonara
1 tbsp + 1tsp tarragon
1 garlic clove, crushed
2 tbsp butter
2 shallots, diced
3 egg yolks + 1 egg
70g cream cheese
100g cavolo nero or other kale
150g mushrooms
150g spaghetti
200g green beans
Parmesan cheese

Delicious kale carbonara | Anyonita Nibbles


Kale & Wild Mushroom Vegetarian Spaghetti Carbonara
  1. Melt the butter in a large pan and add the shallots and garlic. Cook until the shallots are soft, about 5 minutes. Add the mushrooms and tarragon and season with a bit of salt and pepper. Continue to cook about three minutes then add the green beans.
  2. Cook the spaghetti according to the instructions on the packet, usually in a pot of boiling water for 8 minutes.
  3.  Beat the egg yolks with the egg in a separate bowl and beat in the cream cheese.
  4. Tear the kale and add it to the pan with the green beans and the mushrooms. Season with salt and pepper and stir well to combine. Once the kale has begun cooking, add the spaghetti and remove the pan from the heat. After a few minutes, stir in the egg yolks and egg mixture.
  5. Place the pan back on a low heat and gently warm through while stirring, until the sauce begins to thicken. Sprinkle with Parmesan and and the remaining teaspoon of tarragon and check the seasoning. Add salt or pepper if necessary.
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  1. I'm not a huge fan of kale so I would probably substitute spinach. This looks super delicious!

    1. Oh, spinach would be a LOVELY substitute!

  2. I LOVE pasta, so this recipe is right up my alley! Love meatless meals too!

  3. I love the looks of this and the recipe, will be trying. Pinning!

  4. I've never actually had kale. I think it's one of those things, I always assumed my hubby and kids would not like. They aren't very adventurous eaters! I love mushrooms however and this dish looks fantastic to me. Might have to try it some time and force the family to eat it. :)

    1. I felt the same way, Lucy, re kids not liking it, but it's the ONE green vegetable that my 2 year old happily shovels in his mouth! I don't know what it is about it; he pushes spinach, broccoli and green beans away, but he's always happy to eat kale! *shrug* Kids can be little weirdies can't they? lol. Definitely try it; it's not as bad as I thought it be. I was convinced I would hate it because I usually don't like my leafy greens. (I HATE collards and mustard and turnip greens.) But I was pleasantly surprised.The first way I had it was in kale chips: kale baked in the oven, drizzled with a little oil and salt. AMAZING. :)

    2. That is so awesome that he eats kale!

  5. This looks great. I have all the ingredients so I know what I'll be making tomorrow night!

  6. This looks great! My whole family would love this! (especially topped with some grilled chicken) *evil grin*

  7. This looks wonderful. I might have to try it and get my family to try it to! Sometimes I'm surprised with what they will and won't try! Thanks for sharing.

  8. Sounds incredible I love mushrooms in pasta!

  9. I'm drooling...yum! Totally looks like a fresh Spring dish!

    Thanks again for joining the Link Up this week!

  10. I love just about anything that involves pasta and/or kale, but I'll have to skip the shrooms in mind! That's one thing I just haven't been able to warm up to. It's too bad since they're very good for you and versatile. I keep trying to convince myself to eat them until I like them - just haven't geared up for it yet. ;)

  11. Oh my goodness, I'm always looking for a new recipe and my mouth is watering over your Kale and mushroom carbonara. I will be making that soon, it looks delicious. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop! I hope you’ll join us again next week!

    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick

  12. Stopping by from The Wednesday Roundup. A big thank you for joining our party and sharing this fantastic recipe! Pinned! ~Angela @ LeMoine Family Kitchen

  13. What a wonderful meatless meal! Thanks again for linking up to Simple Supper.

  14. This looks SO GOOD! Sounds even better than classic Carbonara to me!!!!

  15. I love kale mixed with turnip greens and sautéd olive oil, garlic and shallots. Add a little chicken stock in the last few minutes and you have a wonderful side with roasted chicken or turkey.

    1. Renita that sounds AMAZING! :) Thanks for sharing!

  16. I love carbonara. I like your version of it. Great photos.


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