Sweet Potato Pasta Sauce

This sweet potato pasta sauce is perfect for fall or winter. It’s loaded with flavor and has a rich, creamy consistency. This nutrient-dense sauce is easy to make and delicious.

What to serve with this sweet potato pasta sauce

If you’re looking for a tasty side dish to serve with pasta and sweet potato sauce, try this baked asparagus. It’s quick, easy to make, and delicious.

A bowl full of penne noodles smothered in sweet potato pasta sauce.

Ingredients and substitutions

Sweet potatoes add nutrients, a satisfying texture, and delicious flavor to this sauce.

Fresh sage adds a warm, woodsy flavor that pairs perfectly with sweet potatoes. You can substitute dried sage if you prefer (alternatively dried thyme or rosemary would be delicious too).

Fresh garlic adds a savory layer of flavor to the sauce. You can substitute one teaspoon of jarred chopped garlic or garlic powder if you prefer.

I used unsweetened oat milk in this sauce but you can use any type of milk you prefer.

How to make it

Start by preheating the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Add the peeled, chopped sweet potatoes, extra virgin olive oil, peeled garlic cloves (leave them whole), and chopped sage to a baking dish. Mix well to coat the sweet potatoes in oil.

Raw sweet potato chunks, garlic cloves, and sage in a glass baking dish.

Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 45 minutes or until the sweet potatoes are fork tender.

Roasted sweet potato chunks in a glass baking dish.

Add the cooked sweet potatoes, cooked garlic cloves, unsweetened plant-based milk, salt, and pepper to a blender or food processor.

Ingredients for sweet potato sauce in a food processor.

Blend until smooth.

A thick orange colored sauce in a food processor.

Heat the sauce to your desired temperature, then toss with your favorite pasta.

Optional garnishes

Garnish with fresh sage leaves, finely chopped chives, or a sprinkle of these spiced sunflower seeds, if desired.

Storage and freezing

Store this sweet potato pasta sauce in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days or freeze it for up to six months.

A bowl full of sweet potato pasta.

More pasta sauce recipes to try

This vibrant pink beet pasta sauce is tasty and easy to prepare. This fresh tasting vegan walnut parsley pesto sauce is delicious tossed with pasta or used as a pizza sauce. Or try this tasty kale pasta sauce. It’s loaded with nutrients and flavor.

Sweet Potato Pasta Sauce

This rich and creamy sweet potato pasta sauce is perfect for a cozy fall or winter meal. It's easy to make, nutrient dense, and delicious.
Course Sauces
Cuisine American
Prep Time 12 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 57 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 111.3kcal

Equipment

  • Food processor or blender.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups sweet potatoes, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened plant-based milk (or substitute regular milk)
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh sage leaves (or substitute 1/2 teaspoon dried sage)
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • Pinch of black pepper

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Add the sweet potatoes, extra virgin olive oil, peeled garlic cloves, and sage to a baking dish.
  • Mix well to coat the sweet potatoes in oil.
  • Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 45 minutes or until fork tender.
  • Add the cooked sweet potatoes, cooked garlic cloves, plant-based milk, salt, and pepper to a blender or food processor, then blend until smooth.
  • Reheat the sauce to your desired temperature, then toss with your favorite pasta.

Notes

  • Store this sweet potato pasta sauce in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days or freeze it for up to six months.
  • Optional garnishes include fresh sage leaves or finely chopped chives.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.33Cup | Calories: 111.3kcal | Carbohydrates: 19.6g | Protein: 2.1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 0.3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1.7g | Sodium: 355.8mg | Potassium: 257.8mg | Fiber: 2.5g | Sugar: 7.5g | Vitamin A: 9557.5IU | Vitamin C: 1.9mg | Calcium: 108.2mg | Iron: 0.9mg

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