Vegan Pasta Smothered in Bacon Grease | In random honor of last November being vegan month…

I posted this on my friend Helen’s awesome vegan blog and was feeling quite lazy (and guilty about not posting), so here it is re-purposed (without any additional work done on my part, nnnnnnnnnnn-joy-it)….


I’ve never intended to make anything vegan, I’d like to make that quite clear. I enjoy butter and panchetta on my pasta probably more than any morbidly obese Italian you or I know – but this past weekend something strange happened. I made home made pasta, which is virtually impossible to f-up, and I f-ed up. I forgot to put egg in.

This wasn’t supposed to be vegan, but it actually turned out edible. Slightly disappointing, but with enough love and oil (not to be confused with “love oil” it turned out.

My problem started with the website, This is a local company and a great cooking resource. And really the ads are very understated for a non-subscription service; but there were too many examples and I reached for the lowest hanging fruit.

I chose the flour, water, and salt one. For some reason, it felt right at that time, even though I knew you usually put egg in. So, I inadvertently made vegan pasta, which tasted eerily like cho fun noodles. I love beef chow fun, but now it seems as if that might be vegan too? I had vegan ham once at a Vietnamese restaurant… I digress.

I thought I might do a little investigation because while the dinner was still pretty great, and completely vegan, it didn’t leave me feeling the same way it usually does. Blissfully as if it’d had an egg.

So here’s what I did. I went back and found the recipe:

See if you can crack the code. I’m an idiot, but I enjoyed my accidental foray into veganism and I may even try to purposefully do that again really soon. Just not home made pasta.


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