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Pasta with Creamy Sweet Potato Sauce

This creamy pasta dish is the result of combining two different recipes. I often turn it into a main dish by serving a green salad on the side.—Suzanne Appleyard, Queensbury, New York
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    5 servings


  • 1 large sweet potato
  • 2/3 cup 2% milk
  • 2 cups uncooked penne pasta
  • 1 tablespoon pine nuts
  • 1 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • Additional shredded Parmesan cheese, optional


  • Scrub and pierce sweet potato; place on a microwave-safe plate. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 10-12 minutes or until tender, turning once. When cool enough to handle, remove and discard skin. Place potato in a large bowl and mash with milk.
  • Cook pasta according to package directions. In a large skillet, saute pine nuts and sage in butter until pine nuts are toasted. Remove from pan and set aside.
  • In the same skillet, saute garlic in oil for 1 minute. Stir in the sweet potato mixture, salt and pepper. Drain pasta, reserving 3/4 cup cooking water; add to sweet potato mixture. Stir in the cheese, pine nut mixture and reserved cooking water. Sprinkle with additional cheese if desired.
Editor's Note
This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 294 calories, 8g fat (4g saturated fat), 14mg cholesterol, 529mg sodium, 46g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 3g fiber), 11g protein.

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  • kgalloway2
    Feb 7, 2013

    My husband and I liked this recipe quite a bit. I thought it was a good change up from our normal rotation. Our girls (8 & 18) however were not as impressed with the sweetness. My husband prefers meat with his meals so I added turkey kielbasa.

  • niagaracat
    Jan 10, 2013

    Very different way to use sweet potato. Left out the pine nuts as I had none on hand.

  • designer_mb
    Oct 17, 2012

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  • squickey
    Sep 30, 2012

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  • apalumbo410
    Sep 25, 2012

    I used some light cream cheese instead of the parmesan. Also, a full tsp. of sage is a bit much. Otherwise, it's delicious and healthier than most sauces.

  • holsart10
    Sep 24, 2012

    it's quick, easy and I like those two combinations