Let’s Get Cookin’: Pesto & Arugula Sweet Potato Noodles {GF, Vegan}

by alexandra

Pesto & Arugula Sweet Potato Noodles {Gluten-Free} - A simple, healthy, and flavor-packed recipe. Add a fried egg and make it a one-dish meal! | www.brighteyedbaker.com

I know the spiralizer trend has been hitting the food world hard for a while now, but apparently I decided to be late to the party because this is the first time I’ve actually attempted any sort of veggie-turned-noodle dish myself. WHY I waited so long, I can’t really explain… any way to make noodles healthy (even if they aren’t really legit noodles in a traditional sense) sounds like an A++ idea to me. And when sweet potatoes are playing the role of said faux noodles? HECK YES, I’m in.

Pesto & Arugula Sweet Potato Noodles {Gluten-Free} - A simple, healthy, and flavor-packed recipe. Add a fried egg and make it a one-dish meal! | www.brighteyedbaker.com

I completely owe my finally-jumping-on-the-spiralizer-train to OXO’s Hand-Held Spiralizer, which is this little gadget you see right here ↓

Pesto & Arugula Sweet Potato Noodles {Gluten-Free} - A simple, healthy, and flavor-packed recipe. Add a fried egg and make it a one-dish meal! | www.brighteyedbaker.com

It’s small and simple, but it gets the job done, and in a matter of minutes you can go from having a handful of sweet potatoes to a bowlful of bright orange, good-for-you noodles to cook up with all kinds of yummy stuff for a super-simple one-dish meal. And in this case, we’re talking extra-super-simple — add a good heap of spicy arugula, a couple tablespoons of pesto, garlic, salt, and pepper, and you’ve got dinner done in a pinch. And if you throw a fried egg on top? Obviously even better. One-dish meal DONE.

Pesto & Arugula Sweet Potato Noodles {Gluten-Free} - A simple, healthy, and flavor-packed recipe. Add a fried egg and make it a one-dish meal! | www.brighteyedbaker.com

Pesto & Arugula Sweet Potato Noodles {Gluten-Free} - A simple, healthy, and flavor-packed recipe. Add a fried egg and make it a one-dish meal! | www.brighteyedbaker.com

Let’s Get Cookin': Pesto & Arugula Sweet Potato Noodles {GF, Vegan}

Cook Time: 8 minutes

about 4 servings

Let’s Get Cookin': Pesto & Arugula Sweet Potato Noodles {GF, Vegan}

A simple, healthy, and flavor-packed recipe. Add a fried egg and make it a one-dish meal!

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided (I used a garlic EVOO)
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and spiralized*
  • 3-4 tablespoons water
  • 2 cups arugula, lightly packed
  • 3 tablespoons basil pesto
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add garlic and sauté for about 2 minutes, until turning golden.
  2. Add sweet potatoes and 3-4 tablespoons water (enough to moisten the potatoes for cooking). Cook for about 5 minutes, tossing occasionally, until tender but still slightly crisp. Toss in arugula and pesto and season with salt and pepper to taste. Keep on heat just until arugula wilts.
  3. Serve hot, topped with a fried egg if desired**.

Notes

*You may need to use more sweet potatoes depending on the size and how much of the potato you're actually able to spiralize, since a very large potato may be too large for the spiralizer at its widest point.

**Adding a fried egg will make the dish non-vegan.

http://brighteyedbaker.com/2015/08/21/lets-get-cookin-pesto-arugula-sweet-potato-noodles-gf-vegan/

Disclosure: I recieved an OXO Hand-Held Spiralizer to use in this recipe. All opinions are (as always!) 100% my own. 

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Ashley August 21, 2015

Well I’m super late to the party … I still have yet to spiralize anything! These look absolutely wonderful – love the arugula and pesto!
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alexandra September 5, 2015

Haha I would have thought you’d have definitley beat me to the spiralizing! Gotta get on that! ;)

shaunie August 22, 2015

I would love this recipe, esp. when guests are over. ove the addition of the egg

alexandra September 5, 2015

A fried egg always makes things better in my mind! ;)

Louise Matthews August 25, 2015

I have to say I have never spiralized anything, but I keep getting told about these amazing recipes involving a spiralizer, like zucchini pasta! I feel like I have to try it now because those sweet potato noodles look fab.

alexandra September 5, 2015

Yeah! It definitley opens up the whole “pasta” world to a whole new horizon of flavors (plus it’s healthier!).

Sandra Rose August 25, 2015

This is a wonderful dish! My hat is off to you!

alexandra September 5, 2015

Thank you! ;)

Tonia Evans August 30, 2015

I think I’m gonna have to try this one! I’ve had my spiralizer (this one http://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B0007Y9WHQ?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_search_detailpage) for quite a while, but I’ve only ever used it to make zucchini noodles (yum!) Thanks for this and all the rest of your wonderful recipes!

alexandra September 5, 2015

Let me know if you try it! And you can use a spiralizer for so many veggies; it’s pretty cool!

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