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Mushrooms + bacon + parmesan over creamy goat cheese polenta are a powerhouse of flavor! Don't limit carbonara only to pasta - this is the perfect way to wrap up winter comfort food.

Mushroom Carbonara with Goat Cheese Polenta

Mountain Cravings
Mushrooms + bacon + parmesan over creamy goat cheese polenta are a powerhouse of flavor! Don't limit carbonara only to pasta - this is the perfect way to wrap up winter comfort food.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Main Dishes
Cuisine American
Servings 2 bowls
Calories 376 kcal

Ingredients
  

Mushroom Carbonara

  • 4 slices thick-cut peppered bacon diced
  • 8 oz. mushrooms sliced
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese grated
  • 1/2 T. fresh thyme minced
  • 1/2 t. freshly cracked pepper

Goat Cheese Polenta

  • 1 1/4 cups whole milk
  • 1/4 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 2 oz. goat cheese
  • 1 T. butter
  • 1/4 t. salt

Instructions
 

  • Pour milk into a medium pot and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Slowly add cornmeal while whisking.
  • Let polenta simmer, stirring often, until it begins to spit & pop. Lower heat and continue cooking, stirring often and scraping the bottom, until polenta thickens and pulls away from the side of the post, about 30 minutes.
  • While polenta is cooking, fry the diced bacon in a large skillet over high heat until not quite crispy, about 5 minutes. Remove the bacon from the skillet and drain all but 1 T. of bacon grease.
  • Sauté the mushrooms in bacon grease until al dente, about 5 minutes. Return bacon to the skillet and lower heat to keep warm until polenta is ready.
  • When polenta has thickened, stir in goat cheese, butter, and salt until smooth. Divide between two bowls.
  • Whisk egg, parmesan, thyme, and pepper in a medium bowl. Add hot mushrooms & bacon and stir quickly to heat the egg and create a silky sauce.
  • Top polenta with carbonara and serve immediately with extra parmesan & pepper.

Notes

If polenta thickens too much or begins to set, whisk in hot water one tablespoon at a time until smooth.