I had a ridiculous craving for spaghetti carbonara the other day. The wife is a vegetarian, so normally I don't make it at the house because I just don't enjoy carbonara without the pork. I decided to try it with tempeh. I bought some Lightlife fakin' bacon, chopped it up as I would for a more traditional carbonara and pan fried it to give it a little more crunch. Still not quite as crunchy as some fatty pork, but good. Believe it or not, it was delicious. Maybe I'm fooling myself, but I'm a huge fan of carbonara and have eaten it all over the world. My simple method is this: 1) Pan fry the tempeh in some oil until it's nice and crisp 2) Toss some pasta in boiling, salted water 3) Whisk a few eggs, roughly 1 per person in a separate bowl 4) Add a generous amount of finely grated parmesan cheese to the bowl with the eggs and whisk 5) Remove the tempeh from the pan and let it drain 6) Saute a generous amount of chopped garlic for a minute or two 7) Throw the pasta into the pan and saute everything for a minute or so Take the pan off the heat 9) Slowly pour in the egg/cheese mixture and whisk like crazy so it doesn't scramble 10) Whisk in a generous amount of coarsely ground black pepper I know there are probably other ways to do it, but this works well for me. Any thoughts or ideas as to what else I can do with carbonara'esque dishes, still vegetarian?