Carbonara with La Vache qui Rit

Do you remember as a child La vache qui rit? It was very yummy, especially when you spread it on warm bread. I loved it. This cheese is very alive also today. When I went to the s/m with my son, he begged me to buy it. At this point I have to say this; usually I do not take my son to the s/m, because he asks for everything that catches his attention. When I do take him though, I allow him to take just one thing, only one. So, this cheese was the one thing he bought that day. Later I realized that he was not such great fan of this cheese like me.
As you can understand I had another one thing stuck in my fridge with no expectations whatsoever to eat it. As I was trying to make this carbonara, my eyes fell on these goodies and I realized that they are cheese after all. So, as Caesar said “alea jacta est” or the die is cast. I decided to go ahead and use it in my carbonara and see the final result. The carbonara was excellent, its texture and flavor was rich and slightly thick. I totally recommend it to you.

Carbonara with La Vache qui Rit

500 gr. pasta (I used spaghetti tricolore)
1 onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, chopped
4 tbsp olive oil
4 bacon strips
3 ham slices
½ cup dry white wine
200 ml light cream
200 ml light evaporated milk
80 gr. la vache qui rit
½ tsp salt
Pinch of dried oregano, basil, nutmeg
1 cup emental
½ cup parmigiano
A bunch of parsley


In a skillet put the bacon strips in medium heat and cook until crispy. Set aside. In another skillet put the olive oil and sauté the onion and garlic in medium heat for couple of minutes. Add the wine and continue to cook, until it remains half of its volume.
Add the la vache qui rit cheese and whisk until it melts and is incorporated with the wine, onion and garlic. Add the cream, milk, salt and herbs lower heat to low and let simmer for 10 to 15 minutes. Add the emental, parmigiano and parsley and whisk until they are all incorporated. Let them simmer for 5 minutes and the sauce is ready.
Cook pasta according to your liking. Drain and throw it to the sauce. Mix so the sauce is incorporated with the pasta and serve. I am sending this to Presto Pasta Nights an idea of Ruth Daniels, hosted this week by her at Once Upon a Feast.

14 Responses to Carbonara with La Vache qui Rit

  1. angela@spinachtiger says:

    I love carbonara. Looks so creamy and comforting.

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  3. TeaLady says:

    That is a cheese I am not familiar with. Will have to check it out.

    Carbonara looks wonderfully delicious.

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  5. kiki says:

    Αυτό θα το εκτιμούσε η κόρη μου που της αρέσει αυτότ ο τυρί!

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  7. Ruth Daniels says:

    Great post. It figures that he wouldn't like it. I'm glad you got to experiment. The carbonara sounds awesome. Thanks for sharing with PResto Pasta Nights.

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  9. Cinnamon Girl says:

    This looks incredible! I love the cheeses you used. You put them to terrific use!

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  11. Joanne says:

    Hmmm why have I never had this cheese before?

    What an amazing pasta dish though!

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  13. Faith says:

    My hubby is the same way at the grocery store — he wants everything, lol! (And he asks for la vache qui rit too! :) ) This pasta dish looks delicious with that cheese!

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  15. baking.serendipity says:

    This looks delicious! Did your son like the final dish that his choice was turned into?

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  17. Sage says:

    Great recipe; haven't seen La Vache qui Rit in ages. I am sure my husband would for this; he is a bacon lover.

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  19. tasteofbeirut says:

    We have similar memories of La Vache qui Rit! Here it is also popular but now there is a local spread called Picon that has replaced it in popularity; I made a soup with this once and loved it, and this carbonara sounds wonderful Katerina!

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  21. Simply Life says:

    Looks like a delicious dish!

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  23. Mary says:

    What a lovely carbonara. This was a perfect place to use the cheese. Your pasta looks delicious. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings…Mary

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  25. Kristen says:

    That carbonara looks so creamy and good. What a brilliant use of the unwanted treat.

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  27. Raina says:

    That is so cute that your son picked cheese as his one treat:) I try not to bring my kids to the grocery store too; they make me spend too much money.

    I am glad you liked my New Hampshire photos:) It must have been nice to go to school there.

    Your carbonara looks wonderful! It looks so cheesy and delicious.

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