Loaded with veggies, this spiralized sweet potato vegetable noodles recipe--our healthy take on a traditional carbonara recipe--achieves superfood status with the addition of spinach and mushrooms. Look for large, straight sweet potatoes to make the longest veggie noodles.

Breana Killeen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, March/April 2016


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Instructions Checklist
  • Put a large pot of water on to boil.

  • Using a spiral vegetable slicer or julienne vegetable peeler, cut sweet potatoes lengthwise into long, thin strands. You should have about 12 cups of "noodles."

  • Cook the sweet potatoes in the boiling water, gently stirring once or twice, until just starting to soften but not completely tender, 1 1/2 to 3 minutes. Reserve 1/4 cup of the cooking water, then drain. Return the noodles to the pot, off the heat. Combine eggs, Parmesan, salt, pepper and the reserved water in a bowl; pour over the noodles and gently toss with tongs until evenly coated.

  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add bacon and mushrooms and cook, stirring often, until the liquid has evaporated and the mushrooms are starting to brown, 6 to 8 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add spinach and cook, stirring, until wilted, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the vegetables to the noodles and toss to combine. Top with a generous grinding of pepper.


Make Ahead Tip: Refrigerate the raw “noodles” (Step 2) for up to 1 day.

Equipment: Spiral vegetable slicer

Nutrition Facts

312.3 calories; protein 14.5g 29% DV; carbohydrates 37.6g 12% DV; exchange other carbs 2.5; dietary fiber 5.7g 23% DV; sugars 11.6g; fat 12.2g 19% DV; saturated fat 4.4g 22% DV; cholesterol 129.5mg 43% DV; vitamin a iu 31536.5IU 631% DV; vitamin c 32.5mg 54% DV; folate 88.8mcg 22% DV; calcium 234.9mg 24% DV; iron 3mg 17% DV; magnesium 69.9mg 25% DV; potassium 817.8mg 23% DV; sodium 586.6mg 24% DV; thiamin 0.2mg 19% DV.

Reviews (20)

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22 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 7
  • 4 star values: 8
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
We like the recipe a lot and make it with just maybe less cheese and sometimes other types of noodles like butternut but follow the general idea. Read More
Rating: 2 stars
This dish just didn't hit the "yummy" mark for us. It wasn't nasty and we did eat it (it was after all dinner) but it isn't one of those that we will make again. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
What about the raw eggs in this dish Read More
Rating: 4 stars
I thought this meal was very good and I will definitely make it again. I took previous reviewers advice and had all of my ingredients premeasured and ready to go because timing definitely is everything with this recipe. I cut the recipe in half using only one egg which cooked perfectly from the heat of the boiled potatoes and one large sweet potato and it turned out fine. I also cooked the potatoes for exactly two minutes from the time they hit the boiling water and they were perfect. I cut the recipe in half because my husband wants very little to do with spiralized anything but he dipped into my meal and said I need to make extra for him next time. So I guess he liked it too. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I absolutely loved it! Do not over cook the sweet potato noodles as it changes the texture a bit. I added a little more garlic as I like it. but will definitely be doing this again! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
This was yummy with a few changes: -Cut out the eggs and 1/4c. water and instead used a small amount of store bought alfredo sauce. Didn't measure it: just enough to make it gooey and yummy. -For more protein added sliced pre-cooked and seasoned chicken strips. Threw those into the pan with the bacon and mushrooms. -I would suggest starting to pan fry the bacon alone before adding in the mushrooms. It was hard to control the cooking of the raw meat with the mushrooms mixed in right away. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
this recipe is great! Read More
Rating: 3 stars
This was okay. Not a whole lot of flavor. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
I made this with zucchini noodles. Dish was just ok for me. My husband enjoyed it more and he is very picky. The sauce turned out weird. I thought the eggs turned out a little scrambled. I also thought it was not very flavorful. I will probably hunt for another recipe. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
My wife and I thought this was excellent. We followed the advice and only cooked the sweet potatoes for 1 minute but I think it could have gone 1.5 to 2 minutes. The texture was light and there was a gentle bite to it which was nice. I didn't have parmesean to grate so I used Parmesean Romano already grated in a container. We made sure to whip up the egg cheese and water mixture before we drained the noodles and then quickly poured it over the very hot noodles and tossed so that the egg would be fully cooked. I probably added a bit more spinach because I eyeballed it and I know I added double the garlic. The recipe as is written is perfect. We will definitely make again. Read More
Rating: 1 stars
Absolutely Disgusting! Was halfway through cooking this when I saw the other reviews. What a waste of ingredients Read More
Rating: 2 stars
Are you suppose to eat the eggs raw?? Nowhere does it mention how the eggs are suppose to cook. I realized this after I started making it then had to cook everything in a frying pan. It tasted ok but the texture was awful! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
I read the reviews and took notice of the timings. For me it was the best use of a spiralized vegetable after courgette. Very nice easy and full of floavour. Thanks. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Made a few changes. Used butternut squash instead of sweet potato - cook for 1 min max. Used two eggs and half the cheese to lighten it up. Good not great but a nice change. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I did it myself and it was delicious Read More
Rating: 1 stars
Recipe looked good but not so much I liked the mixture of the spinach and bacon and garlic but the spiral sweet potatoes added to it was not very good. It seemed like a good healthy recipe but it was not very tasteful. I would use the spinach bacon and garlic mixture for something else maybe. Pros: The spinach mixture is very good Cons: The sweet potato not very good Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Amazing This is a wonderful dinner - absolutely delicious Pros: Taste healthy Cons: Don't overcooked the potato - I think 1 minute would be good Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Delicious and fun way to use spiralized noodles This recipe was delicious - my husband didn't even mind that the sweet potatoes replaced the noodles. As another reviewer noted timing is everything - you need the cheese to get melty but the eggs not to cook like scrambled eggs. I cooked the sweet potatoes for the full 3 minutes which was a smidge too long - I'd go for two minutes next time. I also used peppered bacon and cooked the bacon for about 5 min prior to adding the mushrooms. Next time I will also add more spinach it cooked down quite a bit. Pros: filling rich delicious Cons: timing is key Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Tasty Take on an Old Favorite There are two timing issues here: The first is that you need your noodles to be hot enough to cook the eggs & cheese into a custardy sauce but you don't want the eggs to cook so fast that you get clumps of scrambled eggs. The second is that if you overcook the sweet potatoes they will end up being more like rice than noodles when you toss them with the sauce. In my case I ended up with well sweet potato risotto. Really delicious sweet potato risotto. I loved the flavors and will make this again. One pro tip: Sub in pancetta cubes for the bacon if you can. It adds a little extra complexity to the flavor. Pros: Great way to eat your veggies Cons: but it's tricky to get the timing just right. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Excellent revision to the super unhealthy mother of this recipe I might try making thicker noodles and being a lot more gentle when I combine. Pros: Great Flavor Satisfying and filling still very rich tasting Cons: the sweet potato noodles will break up on you. Maybe practice Read More