I’ve made this recipe for one serve because it’s the perfect meal to make for one when you have leftover sweet potato mash or puree. To cook for more people, simply double, triple etc the quantities. It’s also easily adapted for vegetarians by simply omitting the bacon. In this healthier version of carbonara, I’m using delicious sweet potato as a substitute for cream, and wholesome spelt pasta.
1Cook the spelt pasta according to the packet instructions, usually around 10 minutes, and reserve 2 tablespoons of the cooking water for your carbonara sauce.
2In the meantime, place the olive oil in a frying pan on medium heat, add the garlic and bacon/pancetta, and cook for about 5 minutes or until it’s crisp and golden, then set aside.
3Put the sweet potato, parmesan, egg and half the pancetta/bacon in a bowl. When the pasta is ready, remove it from the water with tongs and place it into the bowl along with a couple of tablespoons of the cooking water. Using the tongs or a couple of forks, toss the pasta with all the ingredients until it’s well coated and all ingredients are well combined. The hot pasta will lightly cook the egg.
4Top with remaining bacon/pancetta, extra parmesan and a generous amount of sea salt and freshly cracked pepper.