Sweet potato noodles are tossed in a creamy peanut butter sauce with a spicy kick! Loaded with flavor and spinach, this dish will become your new favorite quick weeknight meal! Vegan and gluten-free.
*This post was originally published on 3/19/17 but I updated it with better instructions on 3/23/19.
This recipe is so easy to make and it’s also loaded with so much flavor! The sweet potatoes make great noodles because they have a hearty texture and chew that’s similar to regular flour noodles and they taste great!
Just wait till you get the first bite of the noodles tossed in the spicy Thai sauce…it’s so good! If you love sweet potatoes and pasta but you want to cut back on gluten then this is the perfect recipe for you!
What Are Sweet Potato Noodles Made Of?
Just to be clear, these noodles are made of plain ol’ spiralized sweet potatoes! That’s it, nothing fancy going on here.
How to Make Sweet Potato Noodles – Step by Step Instructions
Step #1 – Peel the sweet potatoes. Slice one end off so it’s flat and place it against the part of the machine with the spikes. Press it into the spikes and then line up the other end of the sweet potato with the blade. Turn the handle until you’ve spiralized the whole sweet potato.
Step #2 – Next, saute the sliced onion in olive oil or vegetable broth over medium heat until translucent. Add the spiralized noodles, cover the pan, and let it cook for about 5 minutes.
Step #3 – While the noodles are cooking, put all of the sauce ingredients into a small blender cup (I used my Nutribullet) and blend until smooth and creamy.
Step #4 – Add all of the fresh spinach to the pan with the hot noodles and let it cook for just a few minutes until it starts to wilt. Pour the sauce over the noodles, add the chopped cilantro, and the juice from half a lime and toss it well to combine.
Do Sweet Potato Noodles Have Carbs?
Yes, spiralized noodles made from sweet potatoes have carbs but, remember, your body needs carbs for energy! They are also high in fiber, potassium, vitamin A, and vitamin C. In addition to tasting delicious, filling, and satisfying, noodles made from sweet potatoes are much lower in carbs than flour-based noodles are. It’s a great substitute.
How Long Do Spiralized Noodles Last?
Once you spiralize the sweet potato into pasta, put the leftovers into an airtight glass snapware container and store them in the fridge for 3-5 days.
Can You Freeze Leftovers?
Yes, you can freeze noodles. I would recommend freezing the noodles before you cook them (If you think you’re not going to eat the whole amount) because it’s easy to overcook the noodles when you’re reheating them if they’ve already been cooked once.
However, you can also freeze the cooked sweet potato pasta but keep it in mind they will be a little bit softer after you freeze and then reheat them.
Which Spiralizer Should You Use?
When I first started spiralizing, I used a handheld vegetti and it was great for making carrot or zucchini noodles but not much else. I needed a spiralizer that had a bigger opening for larger vegetables (like sweet potatoes, broccoli stalks, butternut squash, or beets) too.
After a lot of research I ended up choosing this spiralizer and I’ve loved it ever since. It can spiralize practically any vegetable. It has three blades for 3 different noodle shapes (spaghetti, fettuccine, and ribbons) and it has a large suction cup on the bottom that keeps it in place while I’m spiralizing! Three years later and I still love it!
How to Make Vegetable Noodles Without a Spiralizer
You can make sweet potato pasta without a spiralizer two ways:
- Use a vegetable peeler to peel off long thin pieces of the sweet potato.
- Use a mandolin to slice the sweet potato (lengthways) into large thin slices and then use a knife to cut the slices into then noodles.
Where to Buy Vegetable Noodles
If you don’t want to make your own vegetable noodles at home you can buy the noodles already prepared fresh or frozen. I’ve seen these prepared noodles at Publix (fresh), Whole Foods (fresh), my local market (both), and at Sprouts (frozen).
What Other Noodles Can You Use?
You could also use zucchini noodles, butternut squash noodles, or wheat noodles. If you want a lower-carb version, definitely give the zucchini noodles a try. Just make sure to not overcook them, there’s nothing worse than a limp zucchini noodle.
More Vegan Sweet Potato Recipes You’ll Love!
Spicy Thai Sweet Potato Noodles
- Large Pan
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
- 2 large sweet potatoes, spiralized
- 8 oz fresh spinach
- 1/2 cup cilantro, roughly chopped
- 1 lime
- Sauté the sliced onions in a large pan until translucent.
- Spiralize the sweet potatoes and add them to the pan with the onions. Cover and cook for 5 minutes or until the noodles are tender. Be careful not to overcook.
- While the noodles are cooking, add the tamari, hot sauce, coconut sugar, peanut butter, peeled ginger, garlic powder and cashews to a high powered blender and blend on high until the sauce is smooth and creamy.
- Add the spinach to the pan and let it cook for a few minutes until it starts to wilt.
- Pour the sauce, fresh cilantro, and lime juice over the noodles, stir well to combine. Enjoy!
- You can substitute zucchini noodles, butternut squash noodles, or flour noodles for the sweet potato.
- You can use arugula, thinly sliced kale, or swiss chard instead of the spinach.
- Be careful not to overcook the noodles as they get soft very quickly.
- Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days.