sweet potato mac n cheese

Ever find yourself in a mac and cheese mood but wish it could be a bit healthier? Enter the delightful world of Sweet Potato Mac and Cheese, where creamy goodness meets nutritious delight. This recipe brings a sweet twist to your classic mac and cheese, making it not only soul-warming but also packed with the wholesome goodness of sweet potatoes.

Sweet potatoes are not just tasty; they are a powerhouse of vitamins and minerals. When blended into a smooth sauce and mixed with cheesy, whole-grain elbow macaroni, they create a dish that’s hard to resist. The sweet, earthy taste of sweet potatoes pairs wonderfully with the rich, gooey texture of melted cheese, giving a heartwarming meal that’s both comforting and nourishing.

The process is simple and fun, making it a perfect kitchen adventure for a weekend. From boiling the sweet potatoes to creating a smooth, cheesy sauce, and finally baking it all together with the macaroni, each step is a journey towards creating a dish that’s as satisfying to make as it is to eat.

So, are you ready to take your mac and cheese game to a new level? This Sweet Potato Mac and Cheese recipe is here to show you how simple ingredients can transform into a meal that’s hearty, nutritious, and utterly delicious. Grab your apron, summon your inner chef, and let’s dive into a culinary journey that ends in a bowl of this creamy, dreamy mac and cheese!

sweet potato mac n cheese

Sweet Potato Mac & Cheese Recipe

Mat Stuckey
This recipe brings a sweet twist to the traditional mac and cheese, integrating the nutritious goodness of sweet potatoes.

Equipment

  • Large pot
  • Blender or food processor
  • Baking dish
  • Mixing bowl
  • Whisk

Ingredients
  

  • Sweet Potato 1 medium-sized peeled and diced
  • Whole-grain elbow macaroni 2 cups
  • Olive oil 2 tablespoons
  • Flour 2 tablespoons
  • Shredded cheese a mix of cheddar and your favorite cheese 2 cups
  • Salt & Pepper To taste

Instructions
 

Preparing the Sweet Potato:

  • In a medium saucepan, cover the diced sweet potato with water and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce the heat and simmer for about 10 minutes or until the sweet potato is tender.
  • Drain the water and set aside the cooked sweet potato.

Preparing the Pasta:

  • In a large pot, cook the macaroni according to the package instructions until al dente.
  • Drain the water and set aside.

Preparing the Sauce:

  • In a blender or food processor, blend the cooked sweet potato until smooth.
  • In a separate pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat.
  • Whisk in the flour to create a roux, cooking for about 1-2 minutes until it turns golden brown.
  • Slowly whisk in milk until the mixture is smooth and begins to thicken.
  • Stir in the shredded cheese until melted and smooth.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Combining & Baking:

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooked macaroni and sweet potato sauce, ensuring the macaroni is well-coated.
  • Transfer the mixture to a lightly greased baking dish.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for about 20-25 minutes, or until the top is bubbly and slightly golden.

Serving:

  • Allow to cool for a few minutes before serving.

Notes

Enjoy your homemade Sweet Potato Mac and Cheese hot, garnished with a sprinkle of fresh parsley or additional shredded cheese if desired.

FAQ About This Sweet Potato Mac n Cheese

Why use sweet potatoes in mac and cheese?

Answer: Sweet potatoes not only add a delightful sweetness to the dish but also pack it with vitamins and minerals. The creamy texture of blended sweet potatoes enhances the richness of the mac and cheese, making it a hearty and nutritious twist on the classic recipe.

Can I use regular pasta instead of whole-grain elbow macaroni?

Answer: Absolutely! While whole-grain macaroni adds extra fibre and a unique texture, you can definitely use regular pasta. Just ensure you cook it al dente to maintain the perfect bite in your mac and cheese.

How can I add a crunchy texture to my sweet potato mac and cheese?

Answer: A sprinkle of breadcrumbs and grated cheese on top before baking can give your dish a delightful golden crust. This adds a crunchy contrast to the creamy mac and cheese, enhancing the overall dining experience.

By Mat Stuckey

Ex professional chef with a passion for cooking and unique flavours.

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