Fettuccine with Sweet Potatoes, Bacon and Rosemary

Okay, so today is my birthday.  It’s a birthday that ends in a zero.  Which was wildly exciting when I turned ten, but let’s just say I’m not turning ten.  And so I need bacon.  Not want.  NEED.   And pasta.   And I need you to eat some with me, and so here we go.

For this one you will need a sweet potato, and this seems like a good time to ask, does anyone REALLY know the difference between a sweet potato and a yam?  I’ve now reached the ripe old age of ?0, and I’m not really sure what the difference is…but I do know that when I made this baby I used a sweet potato and it turned out pretty delectably, and that’s what matters most to me.

Anyway, peel up a sweet potato and dice it up into nice small pieces.  Smash up a couple of cloves of garlic, and cook the potato and the garlic in some olive oil until they are nice and tender.  Meanwhile, boil up a pot of your favorite pasta…I went for a nice wide fettuccine.  Make sure you scoop out a cup-ful of the pasta water before you dump it out, because it is going to help you make a nice easy sauce.

While your pasta and potatoes are cooking away on the stove, pop a few pieces of bacon on a baking pan and cook them in the oven until they are nice and crispy, and when they are done, drain them on some paper towels and crumble them into pieces.  If it’s your birthday, cook up an extra slice or two, just for extra bacon fun…you only go around once.

Now it’s time to put the whole thing together.  Toss the potatoes and garlic into the pot of drained pasta, and add in a good amount of grated parmesan cheese.  Mix it all up together over low heat, pouring in a little of the reserved pasta water to make a nice light sauce.  Once it is all nice and saucy, add in the bacon and a little chopped rosemary, give it one more good toss, and divide it among plates.  Sprinkle a little more grated parmesan on top, grind on some fresh pepper, and dig in.

If you added enough bacon, it’s almost enough to make you feel ten again.  :)

Fettuccine with Sweet Potatoes, Bacon and Rosemary

Serving size: 4

  • Two sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
  • Two cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
  • Three tablespoons olive oil
  • 12 ounces fettuccine
  • 6 slices bacon
  • 1 cup freshly grated parmesan, plus extra for garnish
  • ¼ cup freshly chopped rosemary
  • Fresh ground pepper
  1. Preheat over to 425 and cook bacon on a baking sheet until crisp, about 10 minutes.
  2. Cook pasta in salted boiling water until done. Reserve one cup pasta water before draining.
  3. Heat olive oil in skillet over medium high heat. Add sweet potato and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until potato is tender.
  4. Add potato mixture and cheese to pot of drained pasta and cook over medium-low heat, adding pasta water in small increments, until cheese is melted and the sauce is a nice light consistency. Only use as much water as you need.
  5. Add bacon and rosemary (saving back a little rosemary for garnish) and toss again.
  6. Divide among four plates and sprinkle some more cheese and rosemary on top, and grind some fresh black pepper on top. Serve at once.
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  1. vanillasugarblog says:

    omg girl.
    fettuccine with sweet potatoes and then bacon too?
    good lord woman, you speak my language

  2. This sounds divine. Happy ?0 birthday!

  3. PoetessWug says:

    This recipe looks delicious!…and right up my alley!…And my experience, being a sweet potato pie cooking fool!, is that sweet potatoes make a much firmer heartier pie. They're not as smooth as a yam. Yams make a much lighter, in weight and substance, pie. I found this info on Youtube…and learned something myself!…


  4. This reminds me of a sweet potato rosemary mac and cheese I made a few years ago…which means it must be delicious.

    Happy birthday love! I want this for my birthday dinner also. My new age will end in 5. I think that warrants some carb on carb action also.

  5. Happy birthday! This looks and sounds beyond delicious.

  6. Happy birthday, you 20 year old!

  7. janet in ft worth says:

    This looks wonderful!

    Happy Belated Birthday! I also recently had a birthday ending in zero, although I'm pretty sure the number in front of it was larger than yours. It was a fun birthday in spite of that, but it would have been even better with this yummy dish, I think.

  8. Framed Cooks says:

    Thanks everyone – you made my birthday that much sweeter! Love you guys. xoxo

  9. I'd take a chance with this recipe. Are you the movie star, KJ. hahahaha Bet you've been asked that before.

  10. Guilherme A. Kleinschmitt says:

    I really love pasta. When homemade… is tentation, but with rosemary perfum: perfection!

    hugs from Brasil


  11. FramedCooks says:

    Nope, not THAT Kate Jackson. :) And yes, rosemary makes everything smell like heaven!

  12. How did I miss this one? I love sweet potatoes, and bacon, and rosemary. Yum.

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