Pasta la Vista, Baby!

Hi everyone!  SO, how silly is my post title?  Ridiculous.  Whatever, I’m ridiculous.  However, as silly as the title is, it’s SUPER relevant!  Why you ask?  Either you actually did, or I am hearing voices …probably the latter — no, okay, the star of food post is:  SWEET POTATO “MOCK AND CHEESE”!

Mock and cheese?  Yes.  I replaced the traditional macaroni in my version of this comfort food classic with sweet potato “noodles”.  I know it is sort of “wrong” to say that I prefer this recipe to regular mac ‘n cheese, BUT it makes a very good substitute and packs a lot more nutrition.  One serving of this dish contains loads of fiber, potassium, vitamin A and it slashes your calorie total by leaps and bounds!

“Sweet potato ‘noodles’? No, thanks!”

That would have been me, back in the day.  Replacing pasta with anything was like, whoa!

lolz

However, if you know me (or read my blog) it is a fact that this girl LOVES sweet potatoes.  I won’t blather on about it, but they are good for you and they are very delicious.  When you cook sweet potato it takes on an array of different textures to work with, which makes it so versatile to use as a substitute in many dishes. Making sweet potato noodles is also a breeze.  You don’t need a spiralizer or a VEGGETTI (which I love, don’t hate!) No, all you need is a veggie “PEELER”.  That’s right, a peeler.  I just whittled down my sweet potatoes with a regular ‘ol peeler and cut the strips down into shorter pieces (about the size of a gemelli pasta).

Sweet Potato Noodles
the before.

The recipe, please!

So, once you’ve prepared the “noodles”, and by all means you do not have to cut the peeled sweet potato down to a smaller size, you’re going to chop up some yellow onion and throw it all together in a large skillet.

  • Preheat your oven to 375F — get this out of the way!
  • Cook the sweet potato and onion for about 12-15 minutes on medium heat, covered until the texture is as “al dente” as a sweet potato can get.
  • While you’re cooking your “noodles” prepare the cheese sauce.  To make a simple, low fat/calorie cheese sauce mix 1/4 cup 1% milk with 5 teaspoons of flour thoroughly, while heating 1 cup of 1% milk in a sauce pan.  Add the flour/milk mixture in with the heating milk and stir until thick.  Remove from heat and add in 2/3 cup of reduced fat, shredded cheddar cheese (or any cheese you fancy) and add in 1/2 teaspoon of smoked paprika and cumin.  Boom.  Done.
  • Once your noodles are ready, add them into a baking pan (add cooking spray/oil to avoid sticking!)
  • Top with cheese mixture and mix thoroughly throughout the pan.
  • Top with panko break crumbs and 2 tbsp of additional shredded cheese.
  • Bake 20 minutes and EAT!
Sweet Potato Mac n' Cheese
so good.

If you’re looking to try something new and look beyond pasta, I definitely recommend giving this dish a go!  I am certain that kids will love it as well!  Happy eating!

Do you use veggie “noodles” or “zoodles”? What’s your favorite pasta replacement? I have been bitten by the veggie noodle bug? Share your veggie noodle recipes with me, please!

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8 thoughts on “Pasta la Vista, Baby!

  1. Can’t wait to try this! I’ve been trying to eat more vegetarian meals lately and have been looking for recipes. This looks like it will be delicious. I have this thing called the vegetti which makes noodles out of veggies but haven’t tried it with sweet potato yet. We’ll see how it goes!

    1. I love my veggetti – it works on sweet potatoes, but it can be a little tricky depending on the shape. That’s why I just went with my old peeler lol. This is so good, hope you like it, Patty! 🙂

  2. I’ve done “spaghetti squash noodles” before, but that’s the extent of my experimenting with veggie noodles.

    I do generally love pasta sauce over noodles, and I own a peeler, but not a Vegetti (which kind of sounds like a luxury car/vegetables). So I could totally try this.

    1. Haha the Veggetti is a low-end As Seen On TV spiralizer. It does sound much more fancy, though! This was really yummy and it took me like 20 minutes to prep the whole thing.

      I love spaghetti squash too!

  3. Sweet! I have seen all sorts of other veggie noodles, but I think this is my first time seeing sweet potato ones. I had a big phase of using my spiralizer, but I forgot that I had it bc when we moved it got shoved in a cabinet. Im going to have to break it out again! It’s so much faster to make veggie noodles than boiling pasta. Thanks for the recipe!

    1. I’m not big on zucchini noodles, but I do love sweet potato “noodles” I actually just made a lasagna last night with sweet potato in place of noodles, it was a hit! I am going to blog about it this week!

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