Pillows of roasted sweet potato and salty grilled halloumi combine with creamy Alfredo pasta sauce to create a decadent, vegetarian pasta dish that is packed full of flavour. Give it a try for your next family meal!
When you’re stuck on what to cook for dinner, pasta is always the answer! It is affordable, easy and usually keeps even the fussiest eaters happy. And this one is so easy and delicious that it is sure to become a family favourite.
This entire sweet potato pasta recipe can be put together in the time that it takes to roast the sweet potato and cook the pasta (around 20 minutes). Topped with a creamy Alfredo sauce and toasted pine nuts, you have a complete meal that is perfect for a meat-free family dinner, but also fancy enough to serve at a dinner party.
Recipe for Easy Pasta;
This easy pasta recipe has several components, but they can all be made in the time that it takes the sweet potato to roast (the entire dish on the table in around 20 minutes);
- Pasta. Choose your favourite! Shells or spirals are perfect for soaking up the creamy pasta sauce- or choose a long pasta like fettucine. The sauce will cling to the long strands of pasta, making it perfect for slurping!
- Roasted sweet potato. Roast in small cubes. To save time, this step can be done ahead and the sweet potato stored in the fridge and added to the pasta when required.
- Grilled halloumi. This grilled halloumi is the star of the dish to me! Its salty flavour goes perfectly with sweet potato and pasta.
- Alfredo sauce. See my tips below for the most amazing creamy sauce for sweet potato pasta.
- Toasted pine nuts. Perfect for an earthy taste and crunchy texture.
Sauce for Sweet Potato Pasta;
Perk up pasta night with this delicious and cheesy alfredo sauce, perfect for sweet potato pasta. And it is rich, creamy and the perfect cure for your hunger – in fact it is so good that you won’t want to share!
This homemade Alfredo sauce is so easy to make and is completely slurp-worthy. Spoon it over hot, fresh pasta or stir it through the dish so that the pasta soaks up all of the sauce. It is creamy and cheesy and so delicious- perfect when matched with sweet potato, salty halloumi and crunchy pine nuts.
Traditional Alfredo sauce is a simple white, cream sauce which is made from butter, Parmesan cheese and cream. While the original Alfredo sauce is great, I like to add garlic, salt and pepper and a little cream cheese to make it taste even better!
To make this easy pasta sauce recipe, follow these steps;
- Start by roasting the sweet potato cubes.
- Cook the pasta. While the sweet potato is cooking, add the pasta to a pot of boiling, salted water. Cook until al dente and reserve ¾ cup pasta water to add to the sauce at the end.
- Warm the butter and garlic in a large pan until melted and tender. Add the cream cheese and whisk until smooth. Pour in the cream and simmer (not boil) for about 2 minutes.
- Lastly, remove from the heat and add the parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. Whisk until smooth and then stir through the cooked, drained pasta and about ½ cup of the pasta water. Let the sauce sit for one minute to emulsify. More pasta water can be added to loosen the sauce, if required.
- While the pasta sauce is sitting, use a frying pan on medium heat to toast the pine nuts until golden brown and grill the halloumi cheese slices. Then toss everything together and serve!
The parmesan cheese will thicken this sauce in around 2-3 minutes.
Tip: Fresh and finely grated Parmesan cheese is best for this recipe, rather than packaged pre-grated or bottled parmesan.
me, you can’t get enough of halloumi, try these other delicious halloumi
- Halloumi, cous cous and pomegranate salad by Wholefood Bellies
- Roasted beetroot salad with halloumi and pomegranate glaze by The Devil Wears Salad
- Quinoa halloumi salad with fennel by Mrs Jones’ Kitchen
Other dishes to get your pasta fix;
- Creamy chicken pasta with sun dried tomatoes
- Spaghetti carbonara
- Creamy tomato pasta sauce recipe
- Baked spinach and ricotta cannelloni
- Homemade ricotta gnocchi with tomato sauce
- Slow cooker beef cheek ragu with pappardelle
If you try this creamy sweet potato pasta recipe, I’d love to hear about it! Feel free to leave a comment or review below, or send me a message. For more food inspiration, tips and to share your own recipes and creations, head over to my Facebook Recipe Group.
Creamy Pasta with Sweet Potato and Halloumi
- 500 grams fresh pasta (choose your favourite. Fresh fettucine is perfect, or dried pasta shells).
- 3-4 cups sweet potato diced/cubed (approx. 2 medium-large sweet potatoes)
- olive oil
- 150 grams halloumi thickly sliced
- ⅓ cup pine nuts
For the creamy pasta sauce
- 6 tbsp butter
- 2 cloves garlic crushed
- 80 grams cream cheese softened at room temperature
- 1 cup thickened cream
- 1 ½ cups parmesan cheese fresh, finely grated
- ¾ cup reserved pasta water reserve water from pasta before draining
- salt and pepper to taste
- Pre-heat oven to 200C°. Place the diced sweet potato onto a large baking tray and drizzle with a little olive oil. Roast the sweet potato for 15-20 minutes, or until golden and cooked through. (You may need to flip the sweet potato halfway through).
- While the sweet potato is cooking, place the pasta into a large pot of boiling, salted water and cook until tender.
- While the pasta is cooking, prepare the pasta sauce. Cook the butter and garlic together on low-medium heat until the butter melts and the garlic is tender.
- Add the cream cheese and whisk until smooth and combined.
- Add the cream and stir to combine. Simmer (not boil) for 2 minutes.
- Remove the pan from the heat and add the parmesan cheese to the sauce. Stir until smooth.
- Add ½ cup of the reserved pasta water and cooked, drained pasta and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste. The sauce should hold to the pasta without being too thick. If required, add the remaining pasta water to desired consistency.
- While the pasta sauce rests, place the pine nuts into a small frying pan and continually move the pan/shake the nuts over medium heat until the nuts are lightly browned. Remove the nuts from the hot pan and increase the heat to medium-high. Add the slices of halloumi and grill on both sides until slightly crispy and golden.
- Add the roasted sweet potato, pine nuts and halloumi to the pasta and sauce and stir. Serve immediately. Enjoy!
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