Portabello & Leek Carbonara

Portobello and Leek Carbonara

serves 4-6


The before. It was so delicious I forgot to even take an after picture!

4 slices thick-cut bacon, chopped (My picture doesn’t really show the kind of bacon I believe the recipe is calling for, but where I live I have to make due with what I can find)

2 leeks, trimmed, cleaned and patted dry

12 ounces portobello mushrooms, quartered

1 clove of garlic-minced

1 pound whole wheat linguine

2 large eggs

3/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese


Steps to Deliciousness:

  • Bring water for pasta to a boil.
  • Heat a large skillet oven medium heat and add the bacon. Cook until fat is rendered and bacon is crispy – about 8-10 minutes. Remove from pan and place on a paper towel to drain. Reduce heat  on the pan to low.
  • Add in leeks and garlic with a pinch of salt and saute for about 2 minutes then toss mushrooms on top. Stir everything together to coat, then let cook until ingredients are soft – about 5 minutes more. At this time, throw the pasta in the water to cook – it is really important that the pasta is hot when you complete the mixing step that follows. While the pasta is cooking, mix eggs and cheese together in a large bowl. The mixture will be  very thick.
  • As soon as pasta is finished (reserve 1/2-3/4 cup liquid) and drain pasta then immediately throw into the skillet with the leeks and mushrooms. Toss until everything is combined. With a large spoon in one hand, add the egg mixture right on top and immediately begin stirring the pasta together. I stirred for about 2 minutes or so. At this time if desired, add the pasta water to the skillet to make things a bit more creamy and saucy. Toss in bacon. Serve immediately with extra cheese!
  • We were so excited to try it, I forgot to take an after picture. :)
  • This dish would go great with a rich bodied chardonnay, yumm yummmm yummmmm!

I made this for Jake and was a little hesitant on how he would feel about it- obviously he would love the bacon but leeks and portobellos?!?! yikes- anyway I was shocked when he said it was one of the best things he’d ever tasted!!! Honestly he loved it- he said the flavors complimented each other so well and were deliciously complex. I obviously couldn’t be happier that I am turning my guy into a little foodie yet! :)

Are any of you more of the foodie/ complex palate/ food obsessed in your relationship? How have you gotten you’re significant other to branch out and try new flavors? Please share your stories with me !!





This recipe was almost 100% taken from Jessica’s blog “How Sweet It Is”- I’ve got to hand it to her- ahhhhmazing dish. Check out her blog and the original post here.

2 thoughts on “Portabello & Leek Carbonara

  1. You mentioned this one when we talked last week … I have been waiting to see it and can’t wait to try this one out. Dad is, of course, a little dubious about the whole wheat pasta thing… but I’m gig for it! Keep ya posted! PS: the photo was so well constructed! xo


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