I spied this recipe on Pinterest one day and I’d been waiting for the right time to make it. This week was that time, since I had sweet potatoes on hand. I loved when looking at this Spicy Pasta with Sweet Potatoes dish on the site Guru to the Outdoors that it was using sweet potatoes in a way that was new to me…in pasta! Which in my book can never be a bad thing.
What really grabbed my attention were all the flavors and how the heck they would work together. You have pasta, peanut butter, cream cheese, sriracha, and then there are the roasted sweet potatoes. And as I’m sure you’re used to me pointing out…the fact when I have all but 5 or fewer ingredients on hand is a great start. I just needed the potatoes, green onions, and cream cheese to get this dish rolling.
I gotta say this recipe was a cinch to make. You just peel and dice the sweet potatoes, then toss them with olive oil along with some cinnamon, chili powder, and sugar. Roast the sweet potatoes to perfection. While the roasting is happening, the pasta is cooked. The recipe calls for rigatoni, which I must say is the right option. It’s hollow center allows the sauce to not just stick to the outside but also the inside, plus it’s a great size that can hold its own against the sweet potato bites. Then I heated the sauce up really quickly right after the pasta finished cooking and I’d taken the potatoes out of the oven.
I used a small pan and heated peanut butter, cream cheese, Sriracha, and soy sauce and once it was combined pasta water was used to thin out the sauce. Finally green onions are added and the dish is pulled together. I easily made this over my lunch break this week with time to spare. You’ll find that this is the perfect week night meal when you find yourself in need of a tasty dinner ASAP.
The flavors are awesome too. You have this nuttiness from the peanut butter, and a warmth from the spice mixture on the potatoes, and the Sriracha adds a touch of heat when you finish each bite. The bite of the pasta is a great contrast to the roasted sweet potatoes. This is definitely one to add to your “I gotta make this” list.
Click here for the recipe and step by step instructions…you will not be sorry!
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Two years ago: Shrimp Penne Pasta Bake…It’s Lighter than you Think!
Three years ago: Mixin’ It Up with My Rice Cooker