When Jeremy travels, the first night he’s gone I have to make comfort food. I almost always go to our local meat market and get a filet mignon make drool worthy, buttery steak.
Steak is my happy place.
If I don’t want to do steak then I almost always default to pasta. All. The. Pasta. I crave pasta every other hour. It’s a problem. That was the hardest for me to let go of when we started eating more paleo meals. Don’t get me wrong, I allow noodles to slip into our meal plan every now and then 😉
But when I got the spiral vegetable slicer I was thinking of all the ways I can use it and it hit me! Sweet potato noodles! Turns out everyone in the world is already doing it. But still…
I make a very quick Bolognese sauce – this is a mash up of my mom’s Bolognese and Ina Garten’s weeknight Bolognese. It is seriously so easy to make. It’s all my favorite ingredients that I always have on hand:
And the leftovers are beyond. I can’t even…
So let’s make it!
Sweet Potato Noodles Recipe with Weeknight Sauce
I want to be honest with you. The night I made this meal I was so very hungry. So after I snapped a few pictures of the sauce (before the sweet potato noodles were done) I was standing over this sauce pot with a big spoon eating it. This. Sauce!
No shame. But you’ll probably do the same and I find great comfort in this.
How to Make Sweet Potato Noodles
I have mentioned the spiral vegetable slicer on repeat the past few weeks. This thing! I love it. I have another recipe coming in which I use it for cucumbers.
This is the one I have:
It is so easy to use and I feel like they thought of everything. There is even little suction cup release knobs on the feet which help release it after the spiral slicing is complete.
It is so easy to clean. And, I have so much fun using it!
Related (but not related): photographing this thing was not my happy place.
Once the sweet potatoes are spiraled(?) Or noodled(?) we put them into a pot of boiling water with a little salt and boil them for about 6 minutes. Drain and rinse with water (to stop the cooking). Any longer and they will get mushy. Taste them at 4 minutes and if you don’t like the consistency keep cooking them but no longer than 6 minutes.
And now we plate:
Do you have a favorite comfort meal? If you had a night all to yourself what would you eat? Savory or sweet?
Share your meal! I feel like this question says so much about a person.
Sweet Potato Noodles with Bolognese Sauce
For the Sauce:
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/2 red onion, diced
- 1 pound ground beef
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon dried oregano
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
- 1 1/4 cups dry red wine, divided
- 1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1 TBS salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
For the Sweet Potato Noodles
- 1 large sweet potato, peeled
For the Bolognese:
- Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and sauté for 3 minutes.
- Add the ground beef and cook, crumbling the meat with a wooden spoon, for 5 to 7 minutes, until the meat has lost its pink color and has started to brown.
- Stir in the garlic, oregano, and red pepper flakes and cook for 1 more minute.
- Carefully pour 1 cup of the wine into the skillet, stirring to scrape up any browned bits.
- Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, 1 tablespoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoons pepper, stirring until combined. Bring to a boil, lower the heat, and simmer for 10 minutes, uncovered.
- After 10 minutes add the basil, cream, and the remaining 1/4 cup wine to the sauce and simmer for 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally until thickened. After 10 minutes add the parmesan (optional).
For the Sweet Potato Noodles:
- Bring a pot of water to boil
- Add sweet potato noodles
- Boil for 4-6 minutes but no longer than 6 minutes
- Drain and run cold water over them to stop the cooking
Place sweet potato noodles on a plate and spoon the sauce on top. Sprinkle with parmesan (optional). The leftovers are amazing!