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Vegetarian Spaghetti Carbonara With Mushrooms For National Mushroom Month

September is National Mushroom Month. We’ve put together some of our favorite mushroom recipes, below, as well as this yummy recipe for Vegetarian Spaghetti Carbonara With Mushrooms. The mushrooms substitute for the cured pork in the original recipe. Here’s the classic recipe, and the history of Spaghetti Carbonara recipe, which includes the history of Spaghetti Carbonara. International Carbonara Day is April 6th.

The name “carbonara” comes from the carbonaro, Italian for “coal burner.” It was believed that the dish was created as a hearty, easy-to-make meal by men working outdoors for long periods, who used a coal burner to cook the dish.

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> Check below for more mushroom recipes and the history of mushrooms.

This recipe from DeLallo is an evolution of Spaghetti Carbonara. It has carbonara sauce, which is made with mushrooms, eggs, butter, garlic, thyme, and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. But it lacks the guanciale (pork jowl).

You can add the meat of your choice. But it may be easier to use crisp bacon, which works beautifully with the mushrooms.

The history of mushrooms is below.

  • 1 package (16 ounces) spaghetti
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 shallots, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 10 sprigs fresh thyme, plus 1 tablespoon fresh chopped for serving
  • 8 ounces cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese plus more for garnish
  • Salt and pepper to taste

    1. BRING a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta according to package instructions. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup of the hot pasta water.

    2. MELT the butter with the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Stir in the shallots and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until just fragrant, about 30 seconds.

    3. ADD the thyme sprigs and mushrooms to the skillet. Once the mushrooms are tender, about 4 to 5 minutes, remove the thyme sprigs and discard them.

    4. ADD the hot pasta to the skillet and toss it to combine.

    5. WHISK together the eggs and Parmigiano-Reggiano in a mixing bow. Remove the pasta from the heat and pour the egg mixture into the pasta, tossing quickly until the eggs thicken and create a sauce. Thin the sauce with a bit of the reserved hot pasta water, until it reaches your desired consistency.

    6. SEASON the carbonara with fresh pepper, salt, and chopped thyme. Serve sprinkled with Parmigiano-Reggiano.

    Before you dig in, here are some tips for cooking mushrooms.

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  • Bacon-Stuffed Portabella Mushrooms
  • >Baked Mushrooms Parmesan
  • Breakfast Tarts With Mushrooms & Goat Cheese
  • Chanterelle Tacos
  • Different Stuffings For Portabellas
  • Egg & Mushroom Recipes
  • Green Bean & Mushroom Gratin
  • Grilled Eggplant, Mushrooms & Zucchini
  • Grilled Philly Mushroom Sandwich
  • Grilled Portabello First Course
  • Grilled Portabello Main Course
  • Grilled Portabello Mushrooms With Goat Cheese & Herb Salad
  • Mushroom And Smoked Salmon Frittata
  • Mushroom Carpaccio & Raw Mushroom Salad
  • Mushroom Fettuccine With Cremini, Morels & Shiitake
  • Mushroom Gravy
  • Mushroom Salad Recipes
  • Mushroom-Stuffed Cheeseburgers
  • Mushroom Toast
  • Mushroom Appetizers
  • Mushroom Bread Pudding
  • Portabella Burgers, Mains & Sides
  • Portabello Eggs Benedict
  • Portabella Steak & Salad
  • Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms
  • Shiitake Mushroom Veggie Burger & More Shiitake Recipes
  • Zucchini, Mushroom & Onion Side

    [1] Vegetarian Spaghetti Carbonara with mushrooms replacing the pork (photo and recipe © DeLallo).

    [2] Cremini mushrooms, also spelled crimini (photo © Christine Siracusa Wesusal | Unsplash).

    [3] Grated parmesan (parmesan is a generic Parmigiano-Reggiano. Here’s more about it (photo © DeLaurenti).

    [4] Add some shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano as a garnish (photo © Jen Segal | Once Upon A Chef [check out the great recipes).

    Fresh Thyme
    [5] Fresh thyme (photo © Good Eggs).


    We’ll get to food mushrooms in a minute, but the earliest uses of mushrooms seem to be spiritual/religious. Long before written history, what we now call “magic mushrooms” were employed thusly. When writing records appear, we know that such mushrooms were considered sacred.

    Archaeological evidence of mushrooms used “spiritually” may be as old as 10,000 B.C.E. Mushroom grew around the world, and were use by the Chinese, the Mayas and the Vikings, as well as the Greeks and Romans. (But that’s another article for another publication) [source].

    Unlike plants, mushrooms (which are funghi) are very difficult to cultivate. Even today, relatively few of the 614 species of edible mushrooms can be cultivated (there are more than 10,000 species overall). Morels are an example of a desirable mushroom that cannot be cultivated commercially [source].

    Mushrooms have foraged since prehistoric times. Skipping ahead to written history*, we know they were prized in ancient Greece and Rome. There is evidence that shiitakes were first cultivated in China and Japan as early as 600 C.E.

    Far earlier, the Chinese cultivated Auricularia polytricha, the cloud ear fungus, around 300 to 200 B.C.E.

    The cultivation of mushrooms in Western cultures was first recorded in Paris around 1650: Agaricus bisporus, a white button mushroom. It seems very late, given how mushrooms took French cuisine by storm! The mushroom was first discovered growing wild in a melon crop compost!

    From France, mushrooms hopped the English Channel to England. By 1865, the U.S. began mushroom cultivation. In addition to the white button mushroom, two genetic variants of Agaricus bisporus appeared: the cremini/crimini and the portabello/portobello.

    In the U.S., the first known reference to mushrooms is in an 1824 cookbook, “The Virginia Housewife” (1824). Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom soup, the American staple used in countless casserole recipes, was invented in 1930 [source].

    One of the first English language mushroom cookbooks is One Hundred Mushroom Receipts by Kate Sargeant, published in 1899 (and available on Amazon). [source]

    Today the most commonly consumed variety is the button mushroom, that same Agaricus bisporus. It makes up about 40% of the mushrooms grown around the world. The name “mushroom” has been given to over 38,000 varieties of fungus that possess the same threadlike roots and caps. These threads sometimes referred to as “gills,” are responsible for giving mushrooms like portobellos their meaty taste and texture. As air passes through the threads moisture evaporates, giving the mushroom a rich heartiness you can really sink your teeth into [source].


    *The earliest form of writing appeared almost 5,500 years ago in Mesopotamia (present-day Iraq).


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