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Pecan Tomato Orange Sauce with Sweet Potato Noodles [Vegan/Gluten Free]

by Chelsea @ Make Real Food on April 1, 2014, 10 comments

There.Is.So.Much.Going.On.In.This.Dish.  Start by just reading the title.  PECAN TOMATO ORANGE SAUCE (with) SWEET POTATO NOODLES.  Okay.  Maybe you’re not excited.  Maybe you’re a bit scared.  Here’s the thing.  Don’t Be.  It’s amazing.Pecan Tomato Orange Sauce with Sweet Potato Noodles [Vegan/Gluten Free]The only problem is – there is so much going on that I’m not really sure where to start.  …

How about the SWEET POTATO NOODLES?!  I can’t even remember what got me on a ‘why don’t I start spiralizing some vegetables’ kick, but I landed on the kick in tandem to also finding Ali’s blog – Inspiralized – which is actually an entire blog dedicated to spiralized dishes.  So, after I spent an entire afternoon lusting over her dishes, I decided to give some sweet potato noodles a try.  Luckily I had a spiralizer already (this kind) – a long-forgotten-wedding-present-that-I’m-sure-I-had-great-intentions-of-using-two-years-ago-or-maybe-I-just-added-it-to-my-registry-to-make-it-look-like-there-was-useful-stuff-on-it-because-isn’t-that-what-you-do-on-wedding-registries.  So, I broke it out begged my Mum to give it back to me since she’d obviously borrowed it, and made some sweet potato noodles.  Pecan Tomato Orange Sauce with Sweet Potato Noodles [Vegan/Gluten Free]Now here’s the thing.  I had no idea how much noodle-matter one sweet potato would make.  Plus.  I was making dinner for both Nathan and myself.  AND it looked like this outside.  IMG_20140325_081231So there was no way I was going to go back to the store for more.  So I got three sweet potatoes.  And I prepped all three.  (here is how you make noodles – so greatly explained by Ali).  And I started spiralizing.  Uhm.  That picture up there?  That’s after 1.5 sweet potatoes.  Which, by the way, was more than plenty.  For two meals.  Each.

Hey.  By The Way.  Spoiler Alert.  The noodles?  Divine.  Pecan Tomato Orange Sauce with Sweet Potato Noodles [Vegan/Gluten Free]So now – this sauce.  Pecan Tomato Orange Sauce.  I have a confession.  I started out to make spaghetti sauce.  I have greatly avoided spaghetti sauce since we went gluten free – because we used to put morning star crumbles in it – which contain gluten – and without them, spaghetti sauce (and noodles) have a great deal of carbs/sugar with little protein (not that I’m big on counting carbs – but my blood sugar is).

I got a wild hair to perhaps put some type of nuts in the sauce – to add some texture and protein.  But I thought – for sure – that this was crazy, until I read Angela’s recipe on Oh She Glows, which contained walnuts.  Feeling less crazy I set off to make my sauce.

I wanted to make a vegan-Parmesan-of-sorts with pecans, nutritional yeast, and miso.  I planned to crumble it on top of the sauce – but in a strike of laziness, just stirred it in – which turned the sauce into an amazing cream.

Then came the orange.  My friend had just returned from Florida (yep. we hate him. reference snow picture above), and had brought me a large bag of oranges.  So – why not add a whole orange worth of juice to the pasta?  And a little zest?  Sureee.

Uhm.  Turns out.  It is amazing.  Although…not completely … spaghetti sauce. Pecan Tomato Orange Sauce with Sweet Potato Noodles [Vegan/Gluten Free]So.  That’s kind of a long winded version of how this hot-mess-sounding pasta turned in to something really stinkin’ good.  Oh, and spiralizing vegetables?  I’m seeing a LOT more of that in my future.  Especially because sweet potatoes look like this when you get done.

Pecan Tomato Orange Sauce with Sweet Potato Noodles [Vegan/Gluten Free]Enough rambling.  Let’s make it.Pecan Tomato Orange Sauce with Sweet Potato Noodles [Vegan/Gluten Free]

Pecan Tomato Orange Sauce with Sweet Potato Noodles [Vegan/Gluten Free]
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 8 oz Mushrooms – optional
  • Diced or Crushed Tomatoes – I used 3 14 oz cans not drained
  • 1 bunch of parsley – chopped
  • Fresh basil – to taste – I used 2 leaves, minced
  • A dash of red chili flakes
  • Black pepper to taste
  • Zest + Juice of 1 large orange (approximately ½ a cup)
  • 1 cup pecans
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 teaspoon miso
  • 2 cups spinach, chopped
  • 1 - 2 sweet potato, spiralized into noodles + seasonings as desired for cooking
  1. Spiralize your sweet potato and cook until soft with desired seasonings (reference link in post for cooking instructions)
  2. Meanwhile, sauté onion and garlic in a sauce pot over medium heat
  3. Once softened add mushrooms and stir well
  4. Stir in tomatoes, parsley, basil, red chili flakes, black pepper, orange juice and zest and stir well. Let simmer on medium for about 10 minutes, stirring frequently
  5. While that is cooking, add the pecans, nutritional yeast and miso to your food processor or blender. Blend until very crumbly – but not into a paste
  6. Add the pecan mixture to the sauce after the 10 minutes is up. Stir well.
  7. Stir spinach into sauce right before serving as to slightly soften but not wilt it.
  8. Serve warm over a large bed of sweet potato noodles
  9. Store leftover noodles and sauce separately. I only cooked enough noodles for the meal, and stored the leftover raw noodles in the freezer to cook up again the next night and that worked very well.


Roundups this post was included in:

GFE’s gluten free Wednesday Roundup

Vegetarian Mama’s Gluten Free Fridays

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10 thoughts on “Pecan Tomato Orange Sauce with Sweet Potato Noodles [Vegan/Gluten Free]

  1. I have to admit that I’ve always been pretty skeptical of spiralized veggies, but sweet potatoes are ones that I could totally get down on. The only thing is… I don’t want to invest in another piece of kitchen equipment because I feel like I have so many gadgets cluttering up my cupboards already. Can I borrow yours? 😀

    • I was SERIOUSLY skeptical. But these were AMAZING. I may even like them more than gluten free rice noodles. But, that wasn’t hard to beat. HA!
      Yes. Even better – how about we just move to Canada and be your neighbor? Then you can make us yummy food, and borrow our spiralizer 🙂

  2. It’s those “weird” combos that often yield amazing results! Sounds really fantastic, Chelsea. And isn’t it amazing how many noodles you can get when you use the spiralizer? I think they end up being a money saver, a health promoter, and much more! Thanks for sharing your recipe on GFW! 🙂


    • Glad to join GFW! I am loving finding other blogs through it!!
      I am so impressed with the spiralizer. And – you’re right – definitely a money saver! Especially compared to GF noodles!!
      🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  3. I feel very silly for not seeing this when I visited your site before, but yay! I’m so glad to see this recipe, and I’m definitely making this next week! Do you mind if I link to it on my meal plan post on Sunday?


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