Sweet Potato Noodle Bolognese with Quinoa & Toasted Crushed Almonds

  • 3 tbsp dry quinoa
  • 1/4 cup + 3 tbsp water
  • salt, to taste
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup peeled and chopped carrot
  • handful of almonds (less than 1/4 cup)
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • (1) 14-oz can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 tsp oregano flakes
  • pepper, to taste
  • 1.5 large sweet potato, peeled & Spiralized with your KitcheNiche Spiralizer on the thick spaghetti end.
  • olive oil 
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  1. Place a small saucepan over high heat with the quinoa and water. Add a pinch of salt and bring to a boil and then lower heat and simmer until all water evaporates and quinoa is fluffy. Set aside in a bowl once done.
  2. As the quinoa is cooking, place your carrot and celery in a food processor and pulse until no large chunks remain. Set aside.
  3. Clean out the food processor and add in the almonds. Crush until chunky. Place a small skillet over medium heat and add in the crushed almonds. Cook for about 3 minutes or until almonds become fragrant. Set aside.
  4. Place a large saucepan over medium heat. Add in the olive oil and once it heats up, add in the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add in the red pepper flakes, cook for 30 seconds, and then add in the celery-carrot mixture and red onions. Cook for about 3-4 minutes or until vegetables soften.
  5. Add the diced tomatoes, season with oregano and salt and pepper. Crush tomatoes using the back of a fork or potato masher. Cook for about 10-15 minutes or until sauce is mostly reduced. You want the sauce to be thick but still be juicy.
  6. As the sauce is cooking, add the spiralized sweet potato noodles to a large skillet over medium heat. Lightly drizzle the noodles with olive oil and season with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Toss frequently until noodles have wilted and softened, about 5-10 minutes.
  7. Once the sauce is done, add in the cooked quinoa and stir to combine. Add in the cooked sweet potato noodles and toss to combine.
  8. Plate the noodles into the bowls and top each with even amounts of toasted crushed almonds. Enjoy!



12/30/2016 10:10am


04/23/2017 7:56pm

That Noodle Bolognese looks so delicious! I bet it's not just an ordinary type of noodles. Adding a sweet potato to your recipe is a good decision! And you have toasted crushed almonds, too? That's great! It seems that there's a lot of process before serving this kind of noodles, but I'm sure every snack time will be fun with this Noodle Bolognese! Thank you for sharing this unique idea.


This looks absolutely delicious! You have combined my two most favorite foods – noodles and almonds! I have tasted sweet potato noodles before at a restaurant in Italy. They were serving it with mushroom soup and melted cheese. I loved it because it's so delicious, but I'm not fond of the tomato sauce that they use there. I prefer white sauce because Carbonara is my favorite dish! I will try to cook this because I'm curious how almonds would compliment the taste of sweet potato noodles. Thanks for the recipe!

12/30/2016 10:24am

I love this recipe! I added garlic powder, Italian seasoning, a few flakes of nutritional yeast, half a bottle of dried onion, and biscuit mix to mine. Great idea!

04/09/2017 7:58am

Do you like Italian cuisine? Which recipe you like the most and why?

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