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Is this possible, in that bacon seems to be an important ingredient? I want to make it, but although we are not orthodox, we do not eat pork. Can it be credibly done?

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  1. Smoked... turkey? I just made carbonara with ham.

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    1. re: jaykayen

      Now that's a really good idea, but no matter what you do, if you combine meat with dairy you are certainly on your way to creating the Triple Treyf Special.

      1. re: jaykayen

        NB there is no reason to put dairy in carbonara. try smoked duck--there is a great recipe in the "Kosher Revolution" cookbook.

        1. re: swannee

          How on earth do you make "carbonara" without cheese? Without pork and cheese, let alone either one, you're really talking a completely different dish.

          1. re: MikeG

            You can't make carbonara without cheese, but...if you have a non-dairy Parmesan or Romano analog that you like, you can use that. Or, believe it or not, using Bacon Salt for the porky flavor works reasonably well and then you can use a dairy cheese.

            None of the suggested work-arounds will make a "true" carbonara but all will make a pretty satisfying meal.

      2. I use the Morningstar Farms facon.

        1. I have substituted beef fry for bacon but if you do want to keep it kosher DeisCane's siggestion of Morningstar will work -

          1. I've mentioned this on other threads, but I hickory-smoke onions and keep them in the freezer for use as a base in vegetarian dishes (e.g. bean filling for Tex-Mex).

            I've used them in a vegetarian carbonnara.

            Whenever I serve carbonnara, I like to ask if anyone knows where it got its name. My answer is this:

            Carbonnara is made by the charcoal-maker's wife,
            Cacciatore is made by the hunter's wife,
            Marinara is made by the fisherman's wife,
            and Putanesca is made by the woman who's nobody's wife at all.

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            1. re: WNYamateur

              Close. Puttanesca is just named after her (or at least her perceived value). Putta became the term for whore because the root of the word means garbage.