Paleo Alfredo with Caramelized Leeks & Bacon

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I know it doesn’t look like it, but this bowl of Paleo Alfredo doesn’t have even a teeny tiny bit of dairy in it. And that’s not pasta. Not even gluten free pasta. Those, my friends, are noodles made out of white sweet potato! You’ve got to love your handy dandy vegetable spiralizer, right? I certainly adore mine!

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Usually I keep to lighter “noodles”. Mostly zucchini for hot meals and cucumber for cold salads. But the weather here has been overcast and fairly uninspiring lately. We’ve had the kind of drab skies that make me want to reach for a blanket, a book and a bowl of comfort-something, even if it is August. Man, I can’t believe it’s August. With all that in mind, I decided that I wanted something a little more filling than the humble zoodle. I wanted warmth and fullness, without the usual grain-fest that I used to gravitate towards. Enter the white sweet potato noodle! Here’s what I used to make them – my neato vegetable spiralizer!

Sweet Potato Noodles

White sweet potatoes really hit the spot for me because they don’t seem to be anywhere as, well, sweet as their more common orange cousins. The less sweet variety is perfect here, where I wanted to douse the noodles in something creamy and didn’t want the flavor of the noodles to compete with either the rich sauce or the slightly sweet caramelized leeks. Not to mention the fact that they really do look like a white pasta noodle. You can get a vegetable spiralizer just like mine here!

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I’m not going to lie to you, this is a multi step recipe and, as such, is more complicated than the recipes I usually post. It’s definitely one for the weekend or a less harried evenings. That said, you can make the individual components like the caramelized leeks and the Paleo Alfredo sauce way ahead if you want to, which will make it a little less daunting. Equally, although I have separated out each component with its own instructions below, those steps can all overlap each other a little, which will speed the process up some. While this recipe does take some effort, it is well worth it for those days when something equally hearty and yet decadent-feeling appeals to you. If you don’t make this now, definitely save it for a future dismal day – it will make it that much brighter.

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Paleo Alfredo with Caramelized Leeks & Bacon

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 4 servings

Paleo Alfredo with Caramelized Leeks & Bacon

It is possible to make a dairy free "cream sauce"! This Paleo Alfredo is vegetable based but deliciously creamy, paired with caramelized leeks & bacon.

Ingredients

    To cook the leeks:
  • 1 tbl coconut oil
  • 2 large leeks, washed and chopped (about 4 cups)
  • 1/8 cup chicken stock
  • Juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • To make the sauce:
  • 3/4 lb cauliflower, chopped (4 cups)
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • For the noodles:
  • 2 large white sweet potatoes (or preferred vegetable)
  • To garnish:
  • 6 slices bacon
  • Handful green onions, chopped

Instructions

    To cook the leeks:
  1. Over a low-medium heat, add the ghee or coconut oil to a large skillet. Add the leeks, stirring them through so that they are coated in the fat evenly, then turn the heat down to low. Cook until softened and beginning to caramelize at the edges, about 20 minutes. Add the chicken stock and lemon juice and cover the pan, cooking until completely tender, about 5 - 10 minutes.
  2. To make the sauce:
  3. While the leeks are cooking, fill a saucepan 1/3 way full of water and bring to a boil. Add the chopped cauliflower and simmer until tender, about 10 minutes.
  4. Drain the cauliflower and add to a blender, along with the chicken stock, coconut milk, salt and garlic powder. Puree until smooth and liquid.
  5. Once the leeks are cooked, stir them into the cauliflower Alfredo sauce. Set aside.
  6. For the noodles:
  7. Use a spiralizer to make the sweet potatoes into noodles. Bring a pan of water to a boil. Add the spiralized sweet potato to the boiling water and cook until softened, but still al dente, about 4 - 5 minutes.
  8. Drain the sweet potato noodles.
  9. To garnish and assemble:
  10. Cook the bacon until crisp. Allow to cool slightly and chop into small pieces.
  11. Slice the green onions.
  12. Add the sweet potato noodles to a large skillet, pour over the Alfredo sauce and leeks. Use tongs to stir the sauce through the noodles and make sure everything is coated evenly. If the sauce is too thick, add a splash or two of water.
  13. Simmer the noodles in the sauce until everything is warmed through.
  14. Pile the noodles and Alfredo sauce onto plates. Sprinkle with bacon pieces and green onion before serving.
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Comments

    • meatified says

      Thank you! It was a little more effort than my usual dinners, but it was definitely delicious! Now I’m being hounded to make it again, ha!

    • meatified says

      Ghee is clarified butter: the milk solids and proteins / casein are removed. It is, therefore, a source of fat without any milk or dairy elements if cooked / clarified correctly. However, as specified in the recipe, the ghee could easily be replaced by coconut oil if needed.

    • meatified says

      Awesome! I try wherever I can to include AIP recipes because I know that people need them :) You can also swap out the sweet potato noodles for other veggies to suit, if low carb is an issue. Thank you for sharing this, I totally appreciate it :)

  1. says

    This is definitely the first time I have ever seen SWEET POTATOES used as spaghetti and I am liking it!! I may try it with butternut squash. I already use and am totally obsessed with spaghetti squash, but it’s always nice to branch out! :D

    • meatified says

      They’re definitely way more al dente than soft. For a much closer texture, try this paleo pasta recipe. I’ve also heard that you can purchase a ready made “pasta” from Capello’s, but I haven’t looked at that or used it myself as it contains xantham gum.

  2. liz says

    gosh, i was really hoping this would be great. for the amount of time it took, the only flavor i’m getting is cauliflower. i even added a lot more salt and pepper. i’m kinda disappointed in the money i spent on ingredients. better luck next time!

    • meatified says

      Hi Liz, sorry to hear that, I know what a bummer it is to spend lots of time on a recipe and not have it come out as you imagined :(
      Did you use all of the leeks? Usually the dominant flavor is the leeks so I’m trying to figure out why the cauliflower is coming through so much for you. I wonder if the type of stock you used had anything to do with it. Hmmm. I’d love to fix this for you!

  3. Veronica says

    Does this taste super coconut-y? I don’t mind coconut, but other people I cook for aren’t huge fans.

    • meatified says

      I don’t personally think so, the leeks pack quite a flavor punch. You could try using almond milk instead, perhaps?

  4. says

    I made the sauce for dinner last night and we loved it! I used half the garlic powder and mostly the cream from the top of the coconut milk as that is what I had leftover. It was really great and I would never ever guess this was made with cauliflower! Great recipe!

    • meatified says

      I don’t know where you live, but they always have them at Safeway / Vons. They look almost the same as the usual orange varieties, just with a lighter skin.

  5. Donna says

    Wondering if this will work with zucchini noodles….I’m sure the potato leek combo is ideal but giant didn’t have the white variety…

    • meatified says

      It would work, you would just want to cook or salt out some of the extra moisture from the zucchini noodles so that it didn’t water down the sauce.

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