Shrimp Carbonara with Sweet Potato “Pasta”

Shrimp carbonara with sweet potato noodles

Since reading Sweet Potato Power, I’ve been using sweet potatoes much more creatively. We’ve always eaten a lot of them, but she had a great recipe for sweet potato pasta, and I’ve used the basic concept in several dishes since then.

This is my favorite so far because it combines sweet potatoes, shrimp, and bacon … yum.

Even if you aren’t completely grain free, using sweet potato strings in place of pasta is an easy way to add some extra nutrition and fun color to a meal!

Shrimp carbonara with sweet potato noodles
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Shrimp Carbonara Sweet Potato "Pasta" Recipe

An easy, creamy shrimp sauce over a pasta made of sweet potatoes.
Course Main
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 -6
Calories 481kcal
Author Katie Wells



  • Melt 3 tablespoons of the butter or coconut oil in a large skillet and add the sweet potato "noodles." Sprinkle lightly with salt.
  • Cook for about 7-8 minutes, stirring constantly, until noodles are starting to get tender but are not mushy yet.
  • Remove from pan and set aside, keeping warm.
  • Add the bacon to the skillet and cook until crispy.
  • Remove from pan and set aside.
  • Add onion, peas/asparagus, and the remaining tablespoon of butter or oil if needed.
  • Cook 3-4 minutes or until onions are translucent and peas are bright green and tender.
  • Add the shrimp and saute another 5-6 minutes or until shrimp is cooked.
  • Add the Parmesan and cream/coconut milk and spices.
  • Stir 1-2 minutes to thicken.
  • Serve shrimp cream sauce over sweet potato "noodles" and sprinkle with bacon.
  • Enjoy!


You can omit the Parmesan and cream completely if you'd prefer more of a stir fry type dish. 


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 481kcal | Carbohydrates: 38.2g | Protein: 30.4g | Fat: 22.7g | Saturated Fat: 11.4g | Cholesterol: 219mg | Sodium: 1267mg | Fiber: 6.1g | Sugar: 2.8g

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Serve by topping the sweet potato noodles with the shrimp sauce and crumbled bacon. Enjoy!

Ever made “pasta” this way? How did it turn out? Share below!

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