Friday, May 6, 2016

Sweet Potato Noodles in Chunky Tomato Ragu

Look at how hip we are!

We are spiralizing sweet potatoes - then gobbling them up with a delicious homemade tomato sauce! If all low-carb meals were this delicious...well, I'd probably be in much better shape. 

Let's get the elephant in the room out of the way from the start - sweet potatoes, or any vegetable for that matter, posing as pasta will not satisfy your carb cravings. And we shouldn't expect them to. Spiralized veggies are a delicious and healthy way to play with our food - literally! 

I especially love sweet potato noodles (swoodles? is that a thing? Should we make it one?) because the potatoes are robust and hold up significantly better in various methods of cooking than softer vegetables like zucchini or yellow squash. They also add a nice sweetness to the dish that gets better the longer it simmers, which complements the tart tomato sauce. 

My recipe for Sweet Potato Noodles in Chunky Tomato Ragu is a great alternative to your usual pasta night! It may be light on carbs but it is in no way light on flavor. Sweet potatoes are spiralized then sauteed in a great big pan with olive oil, salt and pepper. Once they start to soften a bit, we set them aside and right in the same pan get started on our delicious sauce. 

It starts like any good sauce should - with olive oil, butter, onions and garlic. Ground chicken is my protein of choice. A big can of whole San Marzano tomatoes is dumped in and we use a potato masher to create the perfect chunky sauce! For the right balance of flavor, I always add a touch of honey, lemon juice, and parmesan cheese and this recipe is no exception. 

I love this meal and I hope you do too! Let's get cooking,

Here's what you need for Sweet Potato Noodles in Chunky Tomato Ragu* (Print Recipe!)

2 medium sweet potatoes, spiralized
olive oil
2 tablespoons butter
1 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 pound ground chicken
1 lemon, juiced
1 28-ounce can whole peeled tomatoes
1 tablespoon honey 
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
salt, pepper, red pepper flakes to taste

Here's what you do

Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add the sweet potatoes and saute for 7 minutes, tossing frequently. Remove to a plate and set aside. 

In the same pan, add another touch of olive oil and the butter. When the butter is melted, add the onions and garlic, seasoning with salt and pepper. Cook until translucent and fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add the chicken and cook until browned and crumbly. Add the lemon juice and scrape up any bits that may be stuck on the bottom of the pan. 

Add the tomatoes and use a potato masher to smash the tomatoes into chunks. Stir in the honey and cheese. Season with salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Simmer for 20 minutes until thickened, stirring occasionally. Add the sweet potato noodles back to the pan and toss well to coat. Cook until the potatoes are tender to your liking. Enjoy with extra red pepper and grated parmesan cheese on top! 

*Gas Stove Girl Original Recipe

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