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 Sweet Potato "Pasta" Recipe
Yield 4 -6
An easy, creamy shrimp sauce over a pasta made of sweet potatoes.
- 4 TBSP butter or coconut oil, divided
- 3-4 medium sweet potatoes, julienned or shredded
- 6 slices bacon
- 1 cup peas or chopped asparagus spears
- 1 onion, diced
- 1 lb wild-caught shrimp, peeled and tails removed
- ½ cup Parmesan cheese (optional)
- ½ cup heavy cream or coconut milk (optional)
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 2 tsp Italian seasoning
- ½ tsp salt, or to taste
- ½ tsp pepper
- 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.
You can omit the Parmesan and cream completely if you'd prefer more of a stir fry type dish.
Serving Size 1 cup
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value
Total Fat 22.7 g
Saturated Fat 11.4 g
Cholesterol 219 mg
Sodium 1267 mg
Total Carbohydrates 38.2 g
Dietary Fiber 6.1 g
Sugars 2.8 g
Protein 30.4 g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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!