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"Healthier" NO cream chicken & mushroom pasta carbonara


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Ingredients

6 portion(s)

Sauce

  • 500 grams cauliflower, ( chopped into chunks and stalks removed )
  • 700 grams water
  • 2 heaped tablespoons vegetable stock concentrate
  • 500 grams chicken thighs, ( chopped into 1-2 centermeter sized cubes )
  • 250 grams bacon, diced
  • 200 grams mushrooms, diced
  • 2 heaped tablespoons Butter
  • 1 level tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 40 grams fresh basil, chopped
  • 10 grams fresh parsley, chopped
  • 50 grams fresh kale leaves, very finely chopped
  • 100 grams Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 level teaspoon nutmeg ground
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 lightly whisked eggs
  • 1 brown onion peeled & quartered
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Recipe's preparation

    Sauce prep
  1. This sauce still contains some oil, parmesan and butter , but much less than the usual tradional carbonara recipes. Puréed cauliflower gives the illusion of creaminess and if you didn't tell anyone I bet they would never know! It's a timely recipe but well worth it! it makes quite a big batch, you could halve the ingredients if needed. i needed to feed 5 hungry men and it went down a treat!

     

    Wash she the chopped cauliflower heads under running tap then add to the thermomix bowl and chop on speed 5 for  8 seconds, or until it resembles crumbs. 

    Scrape out bowl and add chopped cauliflower to the simmering internal basket & set aside. Don't worry if there is a little of the cauliflower crumbs left in the bowl. 

    add 700 g water to the bowl and the vegetable stock paste then place simmering basket in the bowl.

    Assemble varoma steaming dish in place and add chopped chicken in the top tray leaving holes for steam to get through. 

    set to varoma temperature 35 minutes speed 3. 

     

    while this is cooking prepare rest of the ingredients.

    once time is up remove the chicken and place into pre warmed thermo server , set aside

    tip the steamed cauliflower into the water in the bowl and add the garlic, basil and parsley. 

    blend on speed 9 for 40 seconds.

    add in the lighly whisked eggs and 3/4 paressan cheese (saving the rest for sprinkling after) and mix on speed 3 for 30 seconds.

    remove the puree from bowl into another dish and set aside

    rinse and dry bowl

     

    chop onions on speed 4 for 5 seconds, scrape down sides of bowl.

    add the butter , olive oil and bacon and cook on varoma temperature Counter-clockwise operation Gentle stir setting 7 minutes.

    remove lid when time is up and fit the butterfly whisk,  add in the mushrooms and kale and cook for 2 minutes 100 degrees Counter-clockwise operation Gentle stir setting 

    add the cooked chicken from the thermoserver into the bowl and mix for 1 minute Counter-clockwise operation Gentle stir setting 

    return the cauliflower puree and mix for another minute Counter-clockwise operation Gentle stir setting 

     

    thats the sauce done. i served it over 600 grams of cooked fresh home made pasta with freshly ground black pepper.

     

     

     

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Tip

adding the raw eggs is optional, but i do find in doing this , it helps thicken up the sauce a little and also my nonna always added raw egg at the end of cooking her carbonara as it added "richness" to the dish.

ive also served this sauce over "zoodles" zucchini noodles and its was amazing tmrc_emoticons.) 


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  • Unfortunately none of my family liked this. It...

    Submitted by Moo28 on 16. June 2019 - 21:10.

    Unfortunately none of my family liked this. It isn’t written very well and just took too long to make. It used every one of my Thermie accessories and I ended up with a big mess. I won’t be making this again.

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  • Very tasty recipe. Thank you 😊

    Submitted by ReadySteadyCook on 11. July 2017 - 12:32.

    Very tasty recipe. Thank you 😊

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  • Delicious! To cut down to the time I had (even...

    Submitted by MandaC82 on 7. April 2017 - 17:41.

    Delicious! To cut down to the time I had (even though I had to multitask), I chopped the onion & garlic first and sauteed for a few minutes in 1 tbsp of the butter. Then I added the water, cauliflower florets and chicken stock paste and cooked for time stated & then blended with the eggs & parmesan. While this was cooking I diced the chicken & bacon and cooked them together in the frypan in the other tbsp of butter. When it was cooked I added 200g frozen peas (my kids preferred) and the herbs and then mixed it into the sauce.
    Yum! Thanks for sharing this great recipe!

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  • When was the nutmeg supposed

    Submitted by Maz82 on 17. November 2016 - 06:43.

    When was the nutmeg supposed to be added?

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  • This was sensational. To add

    Submitted by Maz82 on 17. November 2016 - 06:41.

    This was sensational. To add extra flavour I did fry the chicken and bacon together, and then the onion and mushroom. I think without that step it wouldn't have been as nice as it was. I cant believe how healthy it was for how tasty it was! It's not a quick dish to make but makes enough for two meals in our family.

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  • Super tasty. I simplify and

    Submitted by maerrie on 30. July 2016 - 16:31.

    Super tasty. I simplify and speed things up a bit by leaving cauliflower in the bowl, then adding water and stock and cooking as directed; and frying off bacon and onion on the stove. I've also left out the chicken and mushrooms before when I had none and it was only for 2 adults and 3 kids under 4.

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  • Very creamy. I would not have

    Submitted by bcooper on 10. March 2016 - 11:10.

    Very creamy. I would not have guessed it was made with cauliflower if i did not already know what was in it. 

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  • We all love this - thanks for

    Submitted by Alien on 19. January 2016 - 09:24.

    We all love this - thanks for posting

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  • I really liked the taste of

    Submitted by louisestaff on 6. August 2015 - 17:20.

    I really liked the taste of this dish but I found it quite time consuming to make.  Its certainly not an after work dish.

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  • 5 Star absolutely loved it!!

    Submitted by blondemanesilvershoes on 13. January 2015 - 22:18.

    5 Star absolutely loved it!! I love smuggling veggies into meals. It was easy to make lovely range of fresh tasty flavours and ingredients. In fact my boyfriend made this under my supervision because I have a broken shoulder blade and even he loved making it, it was fun and he was so impressed the ingredients come together to make such a super tasty dish. Compliments to the recipe creator tmrc_emoticons.D xx

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  • My kids love this! A great

    Submitted by Thermozombie on 7. January 2015 - 00:35.

    My kids love this! A great way to smuggle veges. I thought it was pretty good too. Definitely don't miss the cream. 

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  • Found this really delicious,

    Submitted by Muellerfam on 24. September 2014 - 21:49.

    Found this really delicious, the only think I didn't add was the mushrooms and the cheese.  The family really liked it no one guessed there was caulilower in it.

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  • Absolutely delicious!!!

    Submitted by teegan05 on 16. June 2014 - 19:49.

    Absolutely delicious!!! Thanks for sharing....a new family favorite tmrc_emoticons.)  

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  • AMAZING - absolutely loved

    Submitted by krebbeck on 20. March 2014 - 20:48.

    AMAZING - absolutely loved it!!!! am miffed about the nutmeg though - but I have small children so my brain does not work properly...... thanks for sharing - really really really great

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  • am cooking it now - def a

    Submitted by krebbeck on 20. March 2014 - 20:24.

    am cooking it now - def a little confusing following the recipe but am EXCITED to taste it - am I blind though? I cannot see where to add the nutmeg?

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  • Yum - loved it. It takes some

    Submitted by kasspatt on 3. March 2014 - 20:17.

    Yum - loved it. It takes some time and is a bit fiddly but definitely worth the effort. I thought mine was slightly salty but I might have been heavy handed with the stock. Our family (including a 2yr old) aren't great fans of cauliflower so this was a great way to get some in our diet - I wouldn't go back to making it with cream now, this was great! 

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  • Loved the substitution of

    Submitted by mel_b on 11. February 2014 - 15:26.

    Loved the substitution of cauliflower & veggie stock for the creamy sauce, much healthier. Thanks for posting! When do you add the nutmeg? I think my sauce had too strong a flavour of raw garlic and herbs so will add less next time. Used 200g of broccoli in place of kale & mushrooms (as didn't have on hand), pre-steamed. Edit: The next day, once flavours have had time to infuse, the sauce is more amazing! The garlic & herbs mellow & work very well. Will now add same amount of herbs & garlic next time but may make the day before. There is lots of sauce so enough for leftovers in our family of four. 

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  • Absolutely delicious! Found

    Submitted by Thecherries01 on 10. February 2014 - 17:08.

    Absolutely delicious! Found instructions a little confusing but managed. We only used 30g basil and it was pretty strong although it was freshly picked which is always a stronger flavour! But all in all very healthy, nutrious meal and great with home made fettuccine tmrc_emoticons.;-) Oh we used baby spinach instead of kale.. This will be a regular meal here!

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  • So yummy, very impressed it

    Submitted by HannaT on 13. January 2014 - 00:37.

    So yummy, very impressed it came out so creamy! I used chorizo instead of bacon and left out the kale and mushrooms as they are not a favorite with my family. It was definitely a crowd pleaser. 

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  • Hi there , I used brown

    Submitted by bianca83 on 5. January 2014 - 11:26.

    Hi there , I used brown onions. Sorry I didn't specify that! Will fix now tmrc_emoticons.) 

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  • What onions do you use for

    Submitted by Becped on 4. January 2014 - 13:45.

    What onions do you use for this recipe?

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