Sweet Potato Spaghetti with Meat Sauce



9-sweet potato spaghetti with meat sauce

By Sharonengs (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

There is one bad thing about paleo diet and that is you have to bid pasta good bye. But that’s really not necessary when you can make your own pasta noodles with veggies like sweet potato, zucchini and butternut squash.

All you need is a functioning mandolin or potato slicer to slice them into thin strips and you have your paleo pasta ready to be cooked with an Italian sauce of your choice.

Sweet potato is ideal for a paleo Italian fare, since their sweetness seems to pair nicely with the sauce and contribute to overall flavors of the dish. And speaking of sauce, what could be more indulging then a hearty meat sauce to go with sweet potato spaghetti and pep things up. A pasta craving can hit you at any point of time during the day and this Italian delicacy is the best choice to soothe such urgent yearnings.

It’s fuss-free, doesn’t call for ‘over-the-top’ ingredients and gets ready in a jiffy. Don’t worry if you don’t have enough meat in your fridge for the meaty sauce. Simply chop some sausages and toss them with the pasta to create an equally compelling Italian indulgence for your primal delight.


Serves: 6

  • 3 cups sweet potato, thinly sliced
  • 1 ½ cups tomato sauce
  • 2 lb ground beef
  • 1 whole onion, peeled and diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
  • 3 celery stalks, diced
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil


  • Heat the oil in a large skillet over moderately high heat.
  • Throw in the chopped onion as well as celery chunks and sauté for about 4-5 minutes, stirring often, until the onion turns lucid.
  • Stir in the ground meat as well as the garlic until distributed evenly and continue to cook for several minutes while breaking the meat lumps with a spatula.
  • Once the meat browns, stir in the sauce along with a dash each of seasonings and bring it to a simmer over medium heat.
  • Continue to simmer for 15 minutes, covered, or until the sauce thickens.
  • Stir in the sweet potato noodles until they are well coated with the sauce and cook further for another 5-8 minutes or until they are cooked through.
  • Spoon it into serving bowls and serve hot.