Today we carry out a taste test of the Waitrose Vegan Mushroom Carbonara.

Please note: abiento.co.uk has no affiliation with Waitrose Stores or their products. This is a true and independent product review.

Abiento review of the Waitrose Vegan Mushroom Carbonara
Waitrose Vegan Mushroom Carbonara

Waitrose describe this product as Spaghetti in a creamy sauce topped with mushrooms and parsley.

Now I have been lucky enough to taste many Carbonaras in the UK and in Italy so I would like to think I have a fair idea of what a good one tastes like.

For anyone unfamiliar with carbonara, depending on where you have it, it is a spaghetti dish with some kind of bacon,smoked ham or lardons, garlic, cheese such as a Grand Pagano, parsley, egg yokes, a little of the water used to cook the pasta and black pepper to taste.

Contrary to popular belief in the UK, the pasta sauce does not have cream in it, but in most cases and for some reason, cream is present when it is served in the UK.

So how would a vegan version stand up to the taste of a true meat based carbonara?

The dish from Waitrose is simple enough to cook and we were also very impressed by the choice of vegan meals at the store we visited.

Image showing how to Pierce the film in several places with a sharp knife
Pierce the film in several places with a sharp knife

To cook, simply take off the card board sleeve and then with a sharp knife, pierce the clear plastic film on top.

Now it seems I misunderstood the instruction to “pierce the film in several places”.

I started in the living room, then went and pierced the film in the bed room then, once in the bathroom…….. which is probably why suppliers now put “several times”.

Once the film is pierced, place it in a microwave and follow the instructions on the pack depending on the power of your microwave.

Vegan carbonara in the microwave
Set your phasers to stun and your microwave timer and press go!

In our case it was 3.5 minutes as our microwave is a 1000w version.

After you hear the ding or beep of the microwave, carefully remove the clear film from the plastic dish.

Be careful as the steam it emits is very hot.

Tip the contents into a clean bowl and add some freshly ground pepper to taste.

So what is my view of the Waitrose Vegan Mushroom Carbonara?

Cooked Waitrose Vegan Mushroom Carbonara
Cooked Waitrose Vegan Mushroom Carbonara ready for tasting

My first impression was that it looked a bit gloopy and creamy, which is a little off putting.

Since we eat with our eyes as much as we eat with our taste, I would think Waitrose need to do a little bit more work on this to make it look more appetising.

When I tasted the Waitrose Vegan Mushroom Carbonara I was in for a very pleasant surprise.

Outer packaging of the Waitrose Vegan Mushroom Carbonara
All you need to know about the Waitrose Vegan Mushroom Carbonara

No it didn`t taste like a true carbonara, but it did taste really good.

It had an almost tangy citrus background taste that cut through the creamy texture which made it a thoroughly enjoyable meal.

The spaghetti had a nice bite to it as well which is good, nobody likes soggy spaghetti!

This is an ideal vegan meal for busy people as it is so easy and quick to prepare.

So our final thoughts on the Waitrose Vegan Mushroom Carbonara?

View of our empty plate after eating the delicious Waitrose Vegan Mushroom Carbonara
Yummy! Our empty dish tells the story

Not a true carbonara, but a very good vegan meal indeed so give it a try before they sell out.

Well done Waitrose!

Please note: abiento.co.uk has no affiliation with Waitrose Stores or their products. This is a true and independent product review.