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One Pot Sweet Potato and Spinach Pasta

Delicious one pot sweet potato pasta in a decadent homemade creamy parmesan sauce. So good you won’t want to share!

one pot sweet potato and spinach pasta

One of the most popular food trends right now is one-pot meals.

They are easy, delicious, and minimum cleanup. 

This ultra creamy penne recipe in a parmesan cream sauce may just be your new favorite dinner.

Every bite tastes like a rich comfort food pasta, with hearty chunks of sweet potatoes for added flavor. 

penne with cream sauce, sweet potato, and spinach

How to make sweet potato pasta 

In a large pot or dutch oven, add olive oil, diced sweet potato, garlic, and onion.

Sautee on medium high heat for 8-10 minutes, or until sweet potatoes start to soften.

Add penne, sage, thyme, and vegetable broth and bring to a boil.

Boil for 10-11 minutes, stirring often (turn down the heat if the boil is too strong).

one pot sweet potato pasta

Turn heat down to low and add parmesan, heavy whipping cream, and salt and pepper to taste (I used ½ teaspoon each).

Continue stirring until sauce starts to thicken (3-6 minutes).

Add spinach and wilt for 1-2 minutes, stirring frequently.

Serve garnished with additional parmesan cheese!

one pot sweet potato and spinach pasta

Fall is my absolute favorite season.

I love the crisp cool air, bonfires, hot chocolate, and the excuse to eat tons of creamy rich comfort foods like this pasta!

November and December are times of family get togethers and holiday parties.

one pot sweet potato and spinach pasta

I’m a sucker for pasta, and this one pot sweet potato and spinach pasta is basically my dream come true.

Want to wow your friends and family?

Make up a pot of this pasta and watch as everyone devours it!

But you don’t have to wait until fall to make this recipe, I make it year round!

This pasta and my sweet potato hash are two of the best ways to eat sweet potatoes. 

one pot sweet potato and spinach pasta

I hesitate to say when something is the best recipe I’ve ever made (because there are several that are my favorite!), but this one pot pasta is possibly the greatest dish that I have ever made or tasted!

It has so much flavor in every bite. 

This is honestly one of the best recipes I have ever made! As a grad student I like having quick meals that give leftovers, and this makes a lot of food in a short amount of time. Even reheated it’s delicious, can’t wait to make it again! – Molly

one pot sweet potato and spinach pasta

Ultra creamy, cheesy, and has a huge depth of flavor.

And it’s made in just one pot (!!!)

Such a good dish! I made it for my partner and he wouldn’t stop raving about…so much so he made some himself a couple of days later – Tess

sweet potato cream sauce pasta

This would be the perfect dish to serve your family and friends.

I used penne, sweet potato, spinach, fresh garlic and onion, and a homemade cream sauce to bring all of the flavors together.

one pot sweet potato and spinach pasta

On busy nights when I’m craving creamy, cheesy pasta, I turn to something easy to make and easy to cleanup.

Something delicious like this Creamy One Pot Sweet Potato and Spinach Pasta!

sweet potato and spinach penne reipe

Check out my post on 18 vegetarian pasta recipes for more dinner inspiration. 

one pot sweet potato and spinach pasta

My husband RAVED about this pasta.

He told me we should sell the recipe to Olive Garden (it’s that good).

We had it leftover the next day and I swear it tasted even better.

Some pastas taste best fresh, but this just keeps getting more delicious as it sits and the noodles marinate in that delicious ultra creamy heavenly sauce!

olive garden style pasta recipe

p.s. have an instant pot? I altered this recipe to be made in the instant pot too!

Here is the recipe for instant pot creamy sweet potato pasta

Looking for more tasty meatless meals?

Be sure to check out our roundup of the 25 best vegetarian recipes

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Sweet Potato Pasta With Parmesan Cream Sauce Recipe

Yield: 6 servings

One Pot Creamy Sweet Potato Pasta

One Pot Creamy Sweet Potato Pasta

Easy and delicious one pot sweet potato and spinach pasta in homemade parmesan cream sauce. Perfect for a meatless dinner!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 box Barilla Penne (1 lb.)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 5 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground sage
  • 1/4 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 large sweet potato, diced (around 2 cups worth)
  • 2 1/2 cups fresh chopped spinach
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 1/4 cups freshly grated parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. In a large pot or dutch oven, add olive oil, diced sweet potato, garlic, and onion
  2. Sautee on medium high heat for 8-10 minutes, or until sweet potatoes start to soften
  3. Add penne, sage, thyme, and vegetable broth and bring to a boil
  4. boil for 10-11 minutes, stirring often (turn down the heat if the boil is too strong)
  5. Turn heat down to low and add parmesan, heavy whipping cream, and salt and pepper to taste (I used 1/2 teaspoon each)
  6. Continue stirring until sauce starts to thicken (3-6 minutes)
  7. Add spinach and wilt for 1-2 minutes, stirring frequently
  8. Serve garnished with additional parmesan cheese, if desired

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 338Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 40mgSodium: 1200mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 5gSugar: 9gProtein: 11g

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Louis

Wednesday 19th of August 2020

We love this recipe, thank you for posting. We swap out the cream for plain Greek yoghurt and use a gluten free penne. Tastes so good!

Joy Shull

Thursday 20th of August 2020

glad to hear it Louis!

Madison Bowen

Saturday 3rd of August 2019

Hello! I haven't eaten this yet, but I'm in the middle of making it, and I gotta say: your recipe is a bit off. I actually used multiple dishes, as I think it's inevitable when you need to boil your pasta in a different pot. Other than that it's smelling DELISHHHHHHHHH

Joy Shull

Sunday 4th of August 2019

I've made this recipe countless times and the liquid for this recipe is intended to be enough for the pasta to cook perfectly in :)

Sunny

Sunday 3rd of February 2019

Just made this for my meat loving boyfriend and he loved it! As someone who’s lactose intolerant I usually stay away from creamy pastas, but substitute the heavy whipping cream for some soy cooking cream and I can honestly say I’m a fan!!

Joy Shull

Sunday 3rd of February 2019

Love it! So glad you enjoyed the recipe!

Molly

Thursday 31st of January 2019

This is honestly one of the best recipes I have ever made! As a grad student I like having quick meals that give leftovers, and this makes a lot of food in a short amount of time. Even reheated it's delicious, can't wait to make it again!

Joy Shull

Friday 1st of February 2019

Love it! So glad you enjoyed the recipe!

Papa_cb

Monday 21st of January 2019

Loved the idea for this recipe. Switched out the sweet potato with a butternut squash and turned out amazing. Meatless Monday just acquired a new recipe.

Thank you.

Joy Shull

Tuesday 22nd of January 2019

So glad your family enjoyed it! Butternut squash sounds like a delicious addition!