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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Ingredient Checklist


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 calories; protein 14.5g; carbohydrates 37.6g; dietary fiber 5.7g; sugars 11.6g; fat 12.2g; saturated fat 4.4g; cholesterol 129.5mg; vitamin a iu 31536.5IU; vitamin c 32.5mg; folate 88.8mcg; calcium 234.9mg; iron 3mg; magnesium 69.9mg; potassium 817.8mg; sodium 586.6mg; thiamin 0.2mg.

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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: 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: 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: 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: 5 stars
this recipe is great! 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: 3 stars
What about the raw eggs in this dish Read More
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: 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: 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