If you are a fan of Italian cuisine and if you like pasta in general, but at the same time you like a healthy diet, this recipe – I am saying this shamelessly, since this is my recipe – will DELIGHT you!

After all, who can resist such an authentic dish that is a fantasy of taste like the unique Roman dish la pasta alla carbonara!

Ingredients for the classic pasta alla carobanara:

  • Spaghettoni (thick spaghetti)
  • Guanciale (pig cheek)
  • pecorino (cheese)
  • Eggs
  • Peppercorns

Those are the ingredients for the classic pasta alla carbonara. Before I share with you the ingredients for raw, vegan pasta alla carbonara, let us see why would anyone be even interested in eating a raw vegan diet.

What Are the Health Benefits of a Raw Vegan Diet?

A raw vegan diet offers a myriad of health benefits, making it a popular choice for those seeking a wholesome lifestyle. Here are key advantages:

  1. Nutrient-Rich Goodness
    Consuming a variety of raw, plant-based foods ensures a rich intake of essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. These nutrients promote overall well-being, support immune function, and contribute to radiant skin and hair.
  2. Enhanced Digestive Health
    The abundance of fibre in raw vegan foods aids digestion and promotes a healthy gut. Improved digestion can alleviate issues such as bloating and constipation, fostering a more comfortable and efficient digestive system.
  3. Natural Energy Boost
    Raw vegan diets are known to provide a sustained energy boost. The natural sugars in fruits and the complex carbohydrates in vegetables offer a steady release of energy, reducing reliance on processed foods and artificial stimulants.
  4. Weight Management
    Many individuals turn to raw veganism as an effective way to manage weight. The emphasis on nutrient-dense, low-calorie foods helps maintain a healthy weight, while the abundance of fiber contributes to a feeling of fullness.
  5. Disease Prevention
    The high intake of fruits and vegetables has been linked to a reduced risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and certain cancers. The powerful antioxidants found in these foods contribute to cellular health and may offer protection against oxidative stress.
  6. Environmental Impact
    Adopting a raw vegan diet aligns with eco-conscious living. By reducing reliance on animal products, individuals contribute to lower carbon footprints and sustainable food practices, supporting a healthier planet.

Remember, before making significant dietary changes, it’s advisable to consult with a healthcare professional or a registered dietitian to ensure your nutritional needs are met.

Embracing a raw vegan lifestyle can be transformative, providing a path to holistic well-being and a more mindful approach to nutrition.

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Ingredients for raw, vegan pasta alla carbonara:

Ingredients for pasta:

  • 4 small zucchini (it is important that they are young, without seeds in the middle)
  • 1 teaspoon of dried celery
  • If desired, for marinating the pasta – sage and rosemary tea

Ingredients for sauce:

  • 2 persimmons* – Fuyu (flat) or Hachiya (round)

*They must not be frozen, then thawed, nor too soft.

Ingredients for pecorino (a type of cheese):

  • 0.7 oz / 20 g sesame seeds

Peppe grani (whole peppercorns)

  • peppercorns
  • The powerful fibre in zucchini

The key nutrient in zucchini that is beneficial for health is fibre.

Zucchinis are a good source of dietary fibre, promoting digestive health, aiding in weight management, and contributing to a feeling of fullness.

Additionally, they provide essential vitamins and minerals, making them a nutritious and versatile addition to a balanced diet.

  • The powerful apigenin in celery

The key nutrient in celery that is beneficial for health is apigenin.

Apigenin is a flavonoid, a type of plant compound with antioxidant properties. Antioxidants help neutralise free radicals in the body, which can contribute to the prevention of oxidative stress and inflammation.

Some research suggests that apigenin may have anti-cancer properties, with studies indicating its potential to inhibit the growth of cancer cells and induce apoptosis (programmed cell death).

  • The powerful rosmarinic acid in sage tea

The key nutrient in sage tea that is beneficial for health is rosmarinic acid.

Rosmarinic acid is a polyphenolic compound with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Rosmarinic acid in sage may contribute to overall well-being by helping combat oxidative stress and inflammation in the body.

Sage is also a source of essential oils and other bioactive compounds, making it a flavourful herb with potential health benefits when incorporated into a balanced diet.

  • The powerful rosmarinic acid in rosemary tea

The key nutrient in rosemary tea that is beneficial for health is rosmarinic acid.

Rosmarinic acid is a polyphenolic compound exhibits antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, potentially contributing to overall well-being.

Rosemary also contains essential oils and other bioactive compounds, making it a flavourful herb with potential health benefits when included in a balanced diet.

  • The powerful beta-carotene in persimmons

The key nutrient in persimmons that is beneficial for health is beta-carotene.

Beta-carotene is a nutrient in food that is a precursor of vitamin A. This means that when you eat a beta-carotene rich foods, your body efficiently transforms that beta carotene from food into vitamin A. Persimmons are rich in this essential vitamin, which supports vision, immune function, and skin health.

Additionally, persimmons provide dietary fibre, antioxidants, and other vitamins and minerals, making them a nutritious addition to a well-balanced diet.

  • The powerful copper (Cu) in sesame seeds

The key nutrient in sesame seeds that is beneficial for health is copper (Cu).

Sesame seeds are a good source of copper (Cu), an essential trace mineral that plays a role in various physiological processes, including the formation of red blood cells, immune system function, and maintenance of bone health.

Additionally, sesame seeds provide a rich array of other nutrients, including healthy fats, protein, and antioxidants, making them a nutritious addition to a balanced diet.

Ingredients for guanciale:

  • 1 avocado
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 small stalk of celery
  • 0.3 oz / 10 g of dried tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon of sage
  • 1 teaspoon of rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon of dried garlic
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • The powerful oleic acid in avocados

The key nutrient in avocados that is highly beneficial for health is monounsaturated fat.

Avocados are rich in monounsaturated fats, particularly oleic acid, which is known for its heart-healthy properties. This type of healthy fat is associated with improved cholesterol levels, reduced inflammation, and overall cardiovascular health.

Additionally, avocados provide various other nutrients, including fiber, potassium (K), vitamin K, vitamin E, and a range of antioxidants.

  • The powerful vitamin C in bell peppers

The key nutrient in bell peppers that is beneficial for health is vitamin C.

Bell peppers, particularly red and yellow varieties, are rich in vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid. Vitamin C is an essential water-soluble vitamin that plays several important roles in the body: antioxidant protection, collagen synthesis, immune system support, wound healing, and iron absorption.

  • The powerful lycopene in tomatoes

The key nutrient in tomatoes that is beneficial for health is lycopene.

Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant that gives tomatoes their vibrant red color. It has been associated with various health benefits, including reducing the risk of certain cancers and supporting heart health.

Additionally, tomatoes are a good source of vitamin C, potassium (K), and folate (one of the B vitamins).

Equipment:

  • Knife and chopping board
  • Blender
  • Silicon mould
  • Dehydrator
  • Vegetable peeler
  • Spiralizer
  • Hygienic gloves
  • Teapot
  • Jug for heating water
  • Nut milk bag
  • Rolling pin
  • Mortar and pestle

What Are the Health Benefits of Preparing food in a Dehydrator vs. Oven?

A dehydrator is simply put an oven on a raw food diet. I like to call the dehydrator a 21st century oven.

Personally, I have no oven, stove or any kind of kitchen appliance for cooking food, since I chose to eat a raw food diet. In my stoveless kitchen, my trusty dehydrator takes on the main role to warm food while preserving its nutrients and freshness. All the methods I use to prepare raw, yet warm food are described in my e-book Raw, yet Warm.

Now, let we explore all the health-benefits of preparing food in a dehydrator vs. traditional oven:

  • Preservation of Nutrients

Dehydrators operate at lower temperatures, preserving more nutrients in fruits, vegetables, and herbs compared to ovens.

Thus, by eating just warmed, yet still raw food, you get the full nutritional profile of the foods you eat which of course boosts your health level.

  • Energy Efficiency

Dehydrators are designed for prolonged use, consuming less energy than ovens, making them cost-effective in the long run.

Saving money on daily activities such as food prep, goes a long way making your bank account happy.

  • Even Drying

Dehydrators ensure uniform drying, preventing overcooking or unevenness commonly associated with ovens.

Unlike with oven, you get to make dry ingredients or just warm raw foods effortlessly with the use a dehydrator.

  • Versatility

Dehydrators offer flexibility for various foods, accommodating intricate drying needs better than ovens.

With dehydrators, it is super easy to set the exact dehydrating temperature and time for various ingredients and purposes.

Elevate your culinary experience with a dehydrator – a health-conscious and efficient choice.

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What Are the Health Benefits of Drinking Reverse Osmosis Filtered Water?

Drinking reverse osmosis (RO) filtered water offers numerous health benefits.

  • Purity Beyond Impurities

RO filtration effectively removes impurities, contaminants, and toxins, providing water free from chlorine, heavy metals, and harmful microorganisms.

  • Optimal Hydration

The elimination of pollutants enhances water quality, promoting optimal hydration crucial for bodily functions, skin health, and overall well-being.

  • Mineral Retention

Unlike common misconceptions, RO filtration selectively removes impurities while retaining essential minerals, ensuring a balanced and clean drinking experience.

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Preparation:

Preparing guanciale

  • About 8 hours before making the pasta, start making guanciale.
  • Cut the avocado into 2 halves.
  • Guanciale is a fatty ingredient made from pig cheeks. In English, the side of a fruit is called cheek. So we are using avocado cheeks. And as avocado is a fatty fruit, this means that we are not changing the original recipe at all!
  • Remove the avocado pit.
  • Scoop out the flesh from each avocado half.
  • Chop the bell pepper, removing the stem and all the seeds.
  • Chop the celery stalk.
  • Now we are about to use an extremely loud kitchen appliance, so first we are protecting our ears. 
  • Place the avocado flesh, chopped bell pepper and celery in the jug of the blender, and blend these three ingredients together.
  • Add the dried tomatoes to the blender jug – by the way, I dry my own tomatoes in my trusty dehydrator, and so can you!
  • Blend the dried tomatoes with the other ingredients in the blender.
  • Then add spices into the blender jug: dried garlic, rosemary and sage.
  • Briefly blend all the ingredients in the blender.
  • Mmmmm just look at the creamy content we got!
  • Fill a silicone mould shaped like guanciale slices with this creamy content.
  • Clean the edges of the mold with a paper towel.
  • Add one clove of garlic on top of the mould. This garlic clove will transfer its aroma to the guanciale during dehydration.
  • Place the filled silicone mould in the dehydrator and dehydrate your guanciale for about 7 hours at 115 F degrees / 46 C degrees.

Preparing pasta

  • Cut off the zucchini ends.
  • Peel the zucchinis.
  • Use the spiralizer to make spaghettoni, that is, thick spaghetti.
  • Transfer the spaghettoni into a bowl.
  • Add dried celery salt to the spaghettoni and massage it well into the spaghettoni.
  • This simple massage reduces the volume of pasta.
  • If desired, you can also marinate this pasta in sage and rosemary tea.
  • Transfer the pasta into a glass bowl.
  • Take one cup of purified water. Water quality is of crucial importance for health. I use a reverse osmosis filter which I highly recommend. 
  • Make a strong sage and rosemary tea. 
  • Pour the warm tea over the pasta.
  • Warm up the paste by leaving it in the dehydrator for 15-30 minutes at 115 F degrees / 46 C degrees.
  • Marinating the pasta in this tea gives the pasta a very nice aromatic note.

Preparaing pecorino

  • Place the sesame seeds in a nut milk bag.
  • And now you simply roll out the sesame seeds with a rolling pin.
  • Lo and behold – we got pecorino!

Preparing the sauce

  • Cut the persimmons in half.
  • Remove the stalks and any potential seeds – it is very important to remove all the seeds!
  • Peel the persimmons, and then chop them.
  • Put the peeled and chopped persimmons in the blender jug.
  • Blend the persimmons in the blender to get a thick sauce.
  • Transfer this sauce into a bowl.
  • Add pecorino to this orange sauce.
  • Mix these 2 ingredients well.
  • Take out the pasta from the dehydrator, and strain it, but save the tea in which it was marinated.
  • Add one spoonful of this tea to the sauce, then mix the sauce well.

Finalising the pasta

  • Add the sauce to the pasta.
  • Mix the pasta and sauce well.
  • Take out the guanciale from the dehydrator.
  • Remove the garlic clove.
  • Chop a few slices of guanciale and add them to the pasta.
  • Mix everything well.
  • Using a mortar and pestle, crush the peppercorns.
  • Transfer the crushed peppercorn to a fine sieve, to separate only the pepper powder.
  • Add the fine pepper powder into the pasta.
  • Transfer the pasta to a plate.
  • On top of the pasta, add a couple of more slices of guanciale.
  • Add more pepper as a finishing touch.
  • And our la pasta alla carbonara is finita!

And now the moment of truth has come – let’s  try this pasta alla carbonara!

Mmmmmm Mamma Mia!

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I hope you will enjoy this incredibly tasty Italian dish raw vegan style. Please let me know in the comments down below, how do you like this raw vegan version of the famous Italian pasta carbonara.

To your health!
Marina from Health Glows

Marina from Health Glows

As a certified raw vegan diet and healthy lifestyle coach, Marina helps her clients and followers to transition to a raw vegan diet in a proven and sustainable way, along with incorporating an exercise program for staying fit long term, in order to get rid of health problems and build a high level of health.

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