Spicy Sweet Potato Carbonara

This sweet potato carbonara is made spicy with some red pepper and sriracha for a great, noodle-less version of a classic pasta comfort food.

This sweet potato carbonara is made spicy with some red pepper and sriracha for a great, noodle-less version of a classic pasta comfort food.

After a week off and far too many episodes of season 4 of The Walking Dead (we finished it last night).

Now I’m desperately researching how I can somehow find season 5 online to see what happens to them at Terminus <– how didn’t they see that coming?!

I finally got back into the kitchen yesterday afternoon to make this sweet potato carbonara.

I’ve had this recipe in my head for weeks now but day after day just kept going by and my couch, the wood stove and pretty Christmas tree just kept winning out. Aka: my laziness took over.

This sweet potato carbonara is made spicy with some red pepper and sriracha.

Carbonara is pure comfort food to me.

My mom used to make it very infrequently when we were kids and it was always such a treat.

It’s hard not to get excited about pasta + bacon + creamy eggy goodness.

On my first trip to Italy, I ordered it at a Venetian street-side restaurant overlooking the grand canal thinking it’d be the best carbonara of my life only to be seriously disappointed in how it compared to mom’s.

I can’t even explain what it lacked, it just didn’t even come close to the carbonara I knew and loved.

This sweet potato carbonara makes for a great, noodle-less version of a classic pasta comfort food.

So with this version, that’s what I wanted to achieve.

All the creamy comfort (with the fresh pop of parsley – my favorite) with a little less of the carb overload because let’s be honest, no one can actually eat just 1 serving size of pasta, it’s more like 3.

My beloved julienne peeler came out and 5 minutes later I had noodled the heck out of probably the largest sweet potato I’ve ever seen.

Tossed with eggs, milk, parmesan, bacon and some spice (not original to mom’s version, but who doesn’t love some spice?), this sweet potato carbonara became exactly what I’d been dreaming up in my head for the last couple weeks.

Glad I finally got off the couch to make it.

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Spicy Sweet Potato Carbonara

Spicy Sweet Potato Carbonara

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

This sweet potato carbonara is made spicy with some red pepper and sriracha for a great, noodle-less version of a classic pasta comfort food.


  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and cut into noodles with a julienne peeler or spiralizer
  • 4 slices bacon, chopped
  • 2 shallots, minced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon sriracha
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley


  1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot, add bacon and cook until crisp.
  2. Reduce heat to medium, add shallots and cook for about 2-3 minutes until softened.
  3. Add garlic and red pepper flakes, cook 1 more minute and turn off heat.
  4. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add sweet potato noodles to the pot once boiling and cook for about 5 minutes until soft.
  5. While sweet potato noodles cook, whisk together the eggs, milk, sriracha and parmesan in a small bowl.
  6. Drain the sweet potatoes and return them to the pot.
  7. Immediately pour the egg mixture into the pot and toss with tongs until well coated. Make sure to do this quickly so the egg doesn't scramble. It should coat the noodles in a creamy sauce and will cook from the heat of the noodles.
  8. Add the bacon/shallot mixture and parsley to the noodles and toss again.
  9. Serve immediately with more parmesan and parsley for garnish.
Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 169Total Fat: 14gCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 9g


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  1. Julie | This Gal Cooks

    I think you can catch season 5 of The Walking Dead on Amazon Prime, but I think you have to pay per episode. Maybe they will run them on TV during the marathon? I’m still catching up on the last half of season four (on Netflix). But then I get swallowed into 237659 other things and TV watching doesn’t happen.

    Totally digging this carbanara dish. I have four giant sweet potatoes sitting on my counter. Some of them may have a purpose now. :) Happy New Year, Gina!

  2. Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama

    So the Walking Dead is probably the ONLY show I have not started yet. To see that you love it…. makes me think that perhaps I would like it too. You don’t seem like the zombie type of fan, so I’m guessing it is not as lame as I think? I might start it now…

    This carbonara looks freaking awesome, and I love that you reduced the carbs!

    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      I can assure you, there’s nothing I find lamer and more irritating than zombie and vampire shows/movies. This isn’t like that at all. The zombies are kinda just peripheral in this series. You MUST watch :)

  3. Cat @ Breakfast to Bed

    My kids call it “bacon and egg breakfast spaghetti” and request it often. Thankfully, I live very close to a Pastosa Ravioli, and I can get fresh papardelle and parm. (well, freshly aged?) I kinda want to fry slices of sp in the bacon fat and make the sauce for this. is that weird?

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  7. Candace @ Cabot

    I feel like racing to the kitchen to make this, but it will have to wait until dinner…OK, maybe lunch. Thanks for this inventive twist on one of my favorites. I particularly like the addition of a little heat!

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