Sweet Potato Pasta

4.62 from 76 votes

This delicious sweet potato pasta is made with a decadent homemade creamy parmesan sauce. A one pot dinner that is sure to be a family favorite!

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One of my favorite dinners right now is one-pot meals. They are easy, delicious, and minimal 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. 

Ingredients to make sweet potato pasta

  • penne pasta
  • olive oil
  • garlic
  • onion
  • vegetable broth
  • sweet potato
  • spinach
  • heavy whipping cream
  • parmesan cheese
  • spices: salt, pepper, sage, thyme
ingredients needed to make sweet potato pasta

How to make sweet potato pasta 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Serve garnished with additional parmesan cheese!

sweet potato pasta in a white dutch oven

I’m a pasta lover through and through, and this one pot sweet potato and spinach pasta is one of my favorites!

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!

sweet potato pasta in a dutch oven

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

sweet potato pasta with spinach

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

sweet potato pasta with spinach

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

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 pasta with spinach

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.

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!

scooping sweet potato pasta from the dutch oven

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!

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

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4.62 from 76 votes

Sweet Potato Pasta

By: Joy Shull
Easy and delicious one pot sweet potato and spinach pasta in homemade parmesan cream sauce.
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 40 minutes
Servings: 6 servings

Ingredients 

  • 1 lb penne pasta
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 5 cups vegetable broth
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon ground sage
  • ¼ teaspoon thyme
  • 1 large sweet potato, diced (around 2 cups worth)
  • 2 ½ cups fresh chopped spinach
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 ¼ cups freshly grated parmesan cheese

Instructions 

  • In a large pot or dutch oven, add the olive oil, diced sweet potato, garlic, and onion
  • Saute on medium high heat for 8-10 minutes, or until the sweet potatoes start to soften
  • Add the penne pasta , 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)
  • Turn the heat down to low and add the parmesan cheese, 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, if desired

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Nutrition

Serving: 1serving, Calories: 547kcal, Carbohydrates: 71g, Protein: 19g, Fat: 21g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 9g, Cholesterol: 37mg, Sodium: 1353mg, Potassium: 441mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 7g, Vitamin A: 7393IU, Vitamin C: 7mg, Calcium: 308mg, Iron: 2mg
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34 Comments

  1. Mine seemed to be very creamy. Not complaining, it was still delicious. I added Costco’s beef meatballs (about 16,) 6 bacon strips. but I reduced the pasta to about 9 oz and doubled the sweet potatoes cause I had two potatoes. The sweet potatoes made the dish much sweeter than with white potatoes.

  2. Just made. My boys eat meat so I cooked chicken on the side and mixed in their’s. It was wonderful! Everyone loved it.

  3. Joy, this pasta is amazing! So easy to make and absolutely delicious! I am over the moon that I found your site. As a lifelong vegetarian, it is a “joy” to find these well-designed, well-described recipes. THANK YOU!!!

    1. @Joy Shull,
      My absolute pleasure! And now on to your Ramen Noodle Recipes with Variety! I love your “from scratch” recipe. So excited!!! Thank you!

  4. Turned out very nicely. I cut recipe in half, and used egg noodles cause we didn’t have any penne. Delicious! Thanks for the super recipe.

  5. We live on a litle 33 foot sailboat in the Caribbean. I’m always on the hunt for yummy, one pot (the less dishes the better esp in tiny spaces) recipes and this one is awesome! I attempted to make it a little healthier by adding less cream and less cheese than the recipe calls for and I have to say it still turned out absolutely delish!! I also added zucchini because we needed to use some up and sprinkled nutritional yeast on top at the end. .. so freaking YUMMY!! More one pot meals please!

  6. This was excellent! I only had 8 oz. of pasta and frozen spinach on hand, but with a a cup less of stock and adding the spinach in earlier it worked out great. A very delicious addition to my family’s Meatless Monday rotation!

  7. 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!

  8. 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

    1. 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 🙂