First things first: Chicken Helper’s Ulitmate Chicken Carbonara contains bacon, so this isn’t truly a meat-free option. But instead of showcasing chicken as the main protein, we combined two plant-based foods—button mushrooms and chickpeas—for one easy, filling skillet supper.
To start, we grabbed our trusty 10-inch skillet and sautéed 8 ounces of sliced button mushrooms in 1 tablespoon melted butter over medium-high heat. Once the mushrooms were barely tender, we added a can of rinsed and drained chickpeas, and then followed the directions on the box, adding hot milk, seasoning mix and pasta. Fifteen minutes later, we removed the skillet from the heat, added the creamy carbonara sauce and dished up a delicious dinner.
Have you made Helper, minus the meat? We’d love to hear your favorite combinations!