Kale and Sweet Potato Mac and Cheese is the answer to your cheesy pasta dreams. A mixture of whole wheat pasta, mashed sweet potato, cheese and kale make this savory sweet potato pasta casserole a real winner.
Did you ever think you’d be looking at a sweet potato pasta recipe?
Well, I’ve got the tastiest sweet potato mac and cheese recipe for you today. I hope you’re as excited as I am.
I think you know by now that sweet potatoes are one of the most versatile foods. You can bake sweet potato bread, make sweet potato energy bites, and even make a sweet potato pizza crust.
Sweet potatoes for toddlers are so great for all of these reasons.
So, no shocker that this sweet potato pasta sauce dish came about!
Yes! I only share easy recipes on this blog, and you can have this on the table in 40 minutes, from start to finish. I’m all about efficiency, and if you want a quicker pasta dish, consider this 30 minute stir fry egg noodles with chicken.
You can even freeze it for later, making it the perfect meal prep recipe.
I made this a bunch for my pregnancy meal prep with Camryn. I remember one day eating it for breakfast, lunch and dinner because it’s all I wanted.
You can cook your sweet potatoes in the oven, but I prefer to microwave mine for a quicker cook time! I stick them in the microwave for 5-7 minutes, and then let them cool.
Once you have your pasta and sweet potatoes cooked and cooled, you’ll drain and add to a medium bowl with the kale and spices.In a separate bowl, whisk your milk, eggs and cheese, and then mix with the roasted kale and sweet potato pasta mixture.
Add to a casserole dish and bake for 30-35 minutes. I like to sprinkle extra cheese on, for good measure.
You can also feel free to add in or substitute any other veggies to this roasted sweet potato pasta. Here are some options:
Like my vegetable baked pasta recipe, cater to your liking!
Have you heard the phrase, “eat pasta run fasta?” Jokes aside, I love sweet potato mac and cheese the night before a long run.
With the extra carbohydrates, you’re setting up those glycogen stores and muscles for prolonged activity. You’re loading them up with extra energy to perform for you!
So, yes, this roasted kale and sweet potato pasta is a great pre run meal.
It’s actually been my best pre long run meal, to date. I ate this before running a lovely 20 mile run while training for the Free Press Marathon.
You can make it as a post run meal, too. It has the perfect 3:1 ratio of carbohydrates to protein to help you optimally recover. So, really, any time of the day.
It’s almost like a cheesy and savory sweet potato casserole, or a kale sweet potato salad mixed into pasta salad.
Both options sound amazing to me.
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Definitely! Kids love a cheesy pasta and the bonus is they’re getting extra nutrients and nourishment from the creamy sweet potato addition.
Just call this, sweet potato mac and cheese toddler style. It’s one of our favorite sweet potato recipes for toddlers.
I let Camryn sprinkle the extra cheese on and mix all of the ingredients with her toddler mixing spatula.
Another great thing about sweet potato recipes for kids is that they can learn to taste all of the different ways it can be flavored.
Our toddler helps with, and eats, pretty much everything we do.
Toddler mac and cheese is also a big hit!
If you’re looking for a vegan version, you can leave the eggs out, use a plant-based milk of your choice, and use nutritional yeast instead of cheese.
Since the eggs help bind the pasta and make it a little stickier and crispier, the vegan version may be a little different but it should still taste delicious.
With the basics, sweet potato and pasta, you’ve got a masterpiece to be made.
Want to make this sweet potato cheese and pasta dish for later? To do so, cook your pasta a little bit less than you normally would.
This is because foods that will be frozen should be slightly undercooked before freezing if they will be reheated after freezing.
Once everything is cooled and mixed, store in a freezer friendly container or baking dish.
When you’re ready to reheat, just know that you may have to add a little bit of time (5-10 minutes) to the baking time if you haven’t thawed it out overnight.
Alternatively, you can freeze after baking and would follow similar steps, but wouldn’t have to cook it as long when reheating.
Don’t overcook the pasta since it will get further cooked when baking
Have you ever tried sweet potato mac and cheese or sweet potato pasta?