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Say hello to my new “noodle” obsession.

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Sweet potato noodles!!!

I mean, sweet potato noodle carbonara, how fun is that? Sweet potatoes cut into noodles + carbonara? I am SOO into it. I mean, I like my zucchini noodles, but let’s be completely honest, they can get a little boring if you have them too often. Plus, you all know that whenever I eat zucchini noodles, the other half of my bowl is totally real deal pasta. That’s just the way its gotta go.

Like I NEED carbs. I just do.

Enter sweet potato noodles! Granted, I still think of these as more of a side, or maybe a lighter meal, but they definitely feel a little heartier than zucchini, and I love, love, LOVE their pretty orange color. Yes, I’m maybe just a little too excited here, but I can’t help it! These noodles are GOOD.

SIDE NOTE: I just want to throw this out there that if you do not have a spiralizer, don’t freak! You can still make this meal by either dicing up the sweet potato or slicing it into really thin skinny fries…aka matchsticks. I’d go the skinny fries route since they will best replicate the “noodle” feel.

SIDE NOTE # 2: if you are vegetarian simply omit the bacon…no big deal at all! OH, and you could even add this coconut bacon, which I personally think might be better than real bacon anyway…don’t hate me bacon lovers…I just love coconut! 🙂

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Please do not ask me why it took me so long to spiralize something other than zucchini, but I am super glad I branched out. I have seen sweet potato noodles around for what feels like forever, but well, I just really like REAL pasta, so I never had the urge to give them a try. Then last week I was brainstorming on some lighter recipes for the warmer weather, suddenly the sound of sweet potato noodles was really appealing.

Plus, the thought of adding things like sweet corn, feta and basil got me really excited. When I finally thought of making them into a carbonara style noodle I was sold. What could not be good about anything carbonara?!?

I made the recipe the next day, and well, now I am telling you guys all about them!

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OK. So let’s break these noodles down piece by piece. They have a few different elements that I feel like I should explain.

First things first, you need to cook your noodles in a skillet to soften them. Here’s the thing though, you have to be careful not to over cook the noodles. If you cook them too long they will just get all mushy and could possibly turn into mashed sweet potatoes, which you definitely do not want. So please don’t cook the noodles longer than ten to twelve minutes, then you’ll be good to go! You want the noodles to be soft, but still have the slightest bit of bite left in them so they have texture and hold their shape.

That’s the only tricky thing about this recipe, the rest is easy, and actually quite similar to a classic carbonara…or well to a point. I don’t think Italians would ever make carbonara with a sweet potato…oops.

The heat from the noodles will cook the eggs and create a super creamy and yummy sauce. I added white miso paste for an extra boost of flavor and a huge handful of fresh basil. I LOVE this combo of salty miso, to savory basil, to sweet corn, to sweet potatoes. It’s the perfect balance of savory and sweet flavors and the perfect way to ease into lighter, summery feeling meals.

Oh, and you can’t forget about the feta. Yum and YUM. Never enough feta, right?

Bonus?!?

The quick cooking time and minimal amount of dishes…yes, please!

Corn, Feta and Basil Sweet Potato Noodle Carbonara | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Corn, Feta and Basil Sweet Potato Noodle Carbonara | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Basil Sweet Potato Noodle, Feta and Sweet Corn Miso Carbonara.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories Per Serving: 378 kcal

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Ingredients

  • 3 slices thick cut bacon or pancetta diced (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic minced or grated
  • 3 medium sweet potatoes spiralized*
  • 3 ears fresh corn kernels removed
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon white miso paste*
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 handful fresh basil roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta
  • kosher salt + pepper
  • pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
  • toasted almonds sliced or chopped
  • sliced avocado for serving (optional)

Instructions

  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot add the bacon or pancetta (if using). Let the bacon get nice and crispy, about 2-3 minutes. Remove the bacon from the skillet and drain any grease. Return the skillet to medium heat and add the olive oil. Add the minced garlic and sauté for about 1 minute to soften. Add the spiralized sweet potato noodles to the skillet and give it a good toss, continue cooking, stirring often until the noodles have softened, but are not mushy, about 5-8 minutes. Once the noodles are soft, stir in the corn and cook another 2-3 minutes.
  • Beat together the eggs, miso and a large pinch of pepper in a glass measuring cup. Remove the noodles from the heat and pour the egg mixture into the noodles, tossing quickly (to ensure the eggs do not scramble) until the eggs thicken and create a sauce. Add the lemon juice, basil and crumbled feta and gently toss to combine with the noodles.
  • Season the noodles with plenty of freshly ground black pepper, salt to taste and add a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes. Garnish with toasted almonds, fresh basil and sliced avocado. EAT!

Notes

*If you do not own a spiralizer, you can simply dice the sweet potatoes into cubes. Just make sure to really toss them well when combining them with the eggs. *If you do not have miso paste, just season the noodles with a little more salt to your taste.
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  1. I have only recently discovered your blog and am loving all of your unique flavor combinations! Thank you for all of your ideas and can’t wait to see your cookbook!

  2. Just made this…the set up is that we had a spectacular brunch early today at the spot of the best new chef in our city (he’s a mad genius of flavor) and I’m so in awe and delighted just how much your mad genius flavor combos and serious understanding of layers and textures stands up – we’re ending on a high note meal even though we ate out this morning! 🙂

    Thanks for your recipes – really love cooking what you post and I can guarantee my husband and I both love eating it!

  3. Hi! This may be a dumb question..but I don’t usually cook with ears of corn! Do you cook the corn before adding to the pan? Or is adding to the pan raw enough?

    1. Hey Emily!! Not a dumb question at all. I do not cook the corn before adding it to the pan. I like it just heated through and love the texture it as when it is not overly cooked. That said, if you feel you might like the corn cooked longer, just add it to the pan a little earlier. IN general though, corn does not need to long to cook. Let me know if you have any other questions. Thanks so much and I hope you love this!

  4. Tieghan just made these and it’s sooo good!! And this just made me realize that I need a spiralizer cause I know i’ll be making this again and again… Ain’t nobody got time to do it by hand! 😉 Great recipe thank you 😀

  5. Ahhhh, sweet potato noodles! These are CALLING me. I would love to try this with coconut bacon and vegan cheese!

  6. Girl after my own heart! I love sweet potatoes and what better way to incorporate them than in your pasta?! love it!

  7. Oh looks so delicious and colourful! This is a must try. Thanks for taking the time to share 😉 x

  8. girl this SPEAKS to me!!!!!!!! so beautiful and perfect for summer, dying for a twirl

  9. This looks INCREDIBLE! I’ve been trying to find new ways to use my spiralizer so this looks perfect! Maybe I could swap the bacon for tempeh and see if I can make it vegetarian! 🙂

    1. Yay! So happy to inspire you to use it!! Swapping the bacon sounds great!! Let me know how it is Liz! Thank you!

  10. I really need to start spiralising – it’s become so big in the UK, you can buy courgette noodles in the supermarket!

    This sweet potato bowl looks so good – I love feta so much. Such a fabulous combination of flavours.